Customizing the Bible Word Study Guide

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What is a Custom Bible Word Study guide?

 Logos provides several types of Guides, with the Bible Word Study being one of them. You can customize the sections that will be in the guide and arrange the order in which they are shown, and preserve those settings in a custom guide for subsequent use. Your custom guide is listed in the Guides menu, together with the default BWS guide.

 You can create as many custom BWS guides as you like, but in Logos 7 you should name one of them My Bible Word Study to indicate it is your preferred guide. Then it will be used in places like the right-click Context menu.

 Logos provides a Guide Editor, which makes it quick and easy to create or change a custom BWS guide.



Customizing the Bible Word Study guide

Creating a Custom Bible Word Study guide from scratch

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu click on Make a new guide template.
    This opens the Guide Editor.
    • (Logos 8): Cick New at the bottom, then Make a new Guide.



  3. In the Guide Editor, click on Bible word in order to populate sections for the BWS guide.



  4. Click on the pencil icon (on in the title box) to name your custom guide.
  5. See Using the Guide Editor below to edit your new custom guide.



Editing a Custom Bible Word Study guide

  • you will need to open the custom BWS guide that you want to edit.

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu, locate the custom BWS guide that you want to make changes to and click on it to open it.



  3. In your custom BWS guide, click on the icon to have Logos show you the menu.
  4. In the drop down menu click on Edit guide template or Edit this guide.
    • Logos will open the Guide Editor in a new tab.



  5. If you want to change the guide’s name, click on the pencil icon, or in the title box.
  6. See Using the Guide Editor below to edit your Custom guide.



Using the Guide Editor

 Ensure you have opened the Guide Editor (see above for opening it):

  

  1. First make sure that Bible word is selected.
    • When it is, you will selections for BWS on the left.



  2. If you click on Bible Word Study from the All Sections from list, ...
    • Logos will populate all the sections into the area on the right.
  3. Notice the X in the right corner of each section header. If you click on this X Logos will remove that section. You can always add it back by clicking the same section on the left (it will be added to the bottom of the list and you can move it by dragging).
  4. Notice that some sections allow you to further customize them. Make selections to suit the purpose of your guide.



  5. Alternatively you can add sections from the left one at a time by clicking on them. The order that you click on them will be the order that they appear in the area on the right.
    This might save you a little time in that you will not have to reorder them.
  • To change the position of a section use your mouse to drag its header to the new location.
    Logos displays a horizontal bar to indicate the new location.



Some suggested Custom BWS guides

Multiple Translations BWS guide

 In this example we will build a Custom Bible Word Study guide in which we can compare how the ESV and the KJV are translated for our study word that we enter in the word box of the guide. After you build your custom BWS guide here, you can use these techniques to add other translations (you will need to skip steps 1-3 and Edit your Custom guide).

  1. Open the Guide Editor
  2. Click on Bible word so we can create a custom Bible Word Study guide.



  3. Click on the pencil icon (or on the title box) and name the guide BWS Compare ESV to KJV and press the Enter key.
  4. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Topic/Definition. In the new section click on All Resources to the right of Collection:.
    In the drop down list find a collection of Bible Dictionaries (create one if necessary with the rule type:encyclopedia title:bible).
  5. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Greek Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Greek Words will use the ESV.
  6. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Greek Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Greek Words will use the KJV.
  7. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Hebrew Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Hebrew Words will use the ESV.
  8. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Hebrew Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Hebrew Words will use the KJV.
  9. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Lemma. This is used when we enter an Original Language word in the Word box.
    It shows us definitions for the lemma form of our word in our lexicons.
  10. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Translation. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Translation will use the ESV.
  11. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Translation. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Translation will use the KJV.

    Now our Custom BWS guide is built. Let’s open it.

  12. In the top menu click on Guides.
    In the drop down menu find our new Custom BWS guide, BSW Compare ESV to KJV and click on it to open it.

    Now lets enter an English word to test the guide



  13. In the Word box type: king and press the Enter key. Notice that you see 2 sets of Greek Words and Hebrew Words, each with an ESV and KJV.
    If you were to open each of the Greek Words sections, you would see that King was translated 117 times in the ESV and 122 times in the KJV (look in the small bar graph and on the left of it is a number. This number is the number of occurrences found).

    Now lets test our Custom guide using an Original Language word which uses different sections.



  14. In the word box type: g:basil, Logos will show a drop down selection. Click on βασιλεύς king. This is the original language word for King.



    Notice that you have two sets of Translation sections, one for the ESV and the other for the KJV.
    If you click to expand each of the sections you will see that our OL word is translated as King and Emperor in the ESV. And that our OL word is only translated as King in the KJV.



Compare Orig. Language Word in different Translations

We will build a custom BWS guide with different Bible Translations. This can be useful to:

  • See how different translators interpreted a word differently.
  • See where some Original Language words differ between translations (e.g. Textus Receptus verses NA27)
  1. Open the Guide Editor



  2. Click here and name your new custom BWS guide.
  3. Select Bible word so we can create a custom Bible Word Study guide.
  4. Click on Lemma so we can have the Lemma section at the top of our new guide.
  5. Click on Translation to add a copy of the Translation section to our guide.
    • In the new Translation section click on Default so we can change which Bible translation will be used.
    • In the pop-up Bible list click on ESV to select the English Standard Version.



  6. Repeat step #5 three more times. Change the Bible translations of each of these to NASB95, KJV (1900 version), and the NIV (1984 version).
  7. Once that your new Guide looks like the above image, click on the X to close the Guide Editor.

    Now lets open our new BWS guide

  8. In the top menu click on Guides and in the drop down menu click on the new guide that we just built.

    Now lets enter a Greek word



  9. Type g:arch in the word box and in the drop down list click on ἀρχή. Logos now starts looking for our word in all our translation sections.



  10. If we expand the ESV and the KJV translation sections we can see that the KJV has 3 more occurrences of our original language word than the ESV translation. This is because the KJV is based upon the Textus Receptus original language manuscripts and the ESV is based upon the Nestle-Aland/USB with some variations.

    Now lets see some of the variations between translators for a word



    1. In the ESV if we click on beginning we see that the ESV translators translated our OL word into beginning 36 times.



    2. In the NASB we see the translators translated our OL word into beginning 37 times.



    3. And in the KJV we see the translators translated our OL word into beginning 40 times.


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