Exegetical Guide



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What is the Exegetical Guide?

 The Exegetical Guide is a tool for exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation) of Bible verses. You do not have to be a scholar to use this guide as there are many aids (definitions, English Bible translation, etc) to help you in your study.

 You can create Custom Exegetical guides. In a custom Exegetical Guide you can select which sections that you want to appear and place them where you please. You also can setup how the Word-by-Word section will display words that you want to study (see Settings under this article). You can also select which Commentaries to view. When you create a custom exegetical guide and name it My Exegetical Guide Logos will use it when you enter a scripture in the Go box of the Home page. You can create as many custom exegetical guides as you please.


How do I open the Exegetical Guide?

Opening from the Guides menu



  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu click on Exegetical Guide
    or
  3. click on a Custom Exegetical Guide.
    A custom Exegetical Guide will have sections that you have chosen and arranged.


  4. In the reference box enter the scripture range that you want to study. You will see a number of suggested pericopes from which you can select, or press Enter on your keyboard (or click on the blue arrow to the right side of the reference box).
    Note: Logos has a limit on the number of verses/words that it will display.
    1. The standard Exegetical Guide has a limited number of sections. For a fuller explanation see Sections in the Exegetical Guide (below). You may not see all these sections depending on your base package.
  5. You can expand or collapse a section by clicking the arrow on the left side.

Opening a saved Exegetical Guide

  • Open the Guides menu and click on one of the listed(saved) Exegetical Guides on the right:



  • (Logos 4) Saved guides are not displayed in the menu, so you have to open Exegetical Guide and enter the exact passage range that you used when Logos saved your guide.
    It is suggested that you save a link in Favorites i.e. drag the saved guide into Favorites.



Sections in the Exegetical Guide

Basic parts of the Exegetical Guide

 As in all the guides, the top fixed section is for the Title. In cases where you do not name the guide, you will only see the scripture reference that you have entered. When you click on it, it shows two editable fields: Title, Description. When you make changes to an Exegetical Guide Logos saves the guide (see About Saved Exegetical Guides) and it will be listed (Logos 5+) in the Guides menu. Don’t confuse this saved guide with a Custom Exegetical Guide.

  1. This is the reference box where you enter your scripture reference in which you want to study. Once you start typing in a reference, Logos will show a drop down box with suggestions (if you see one that matches your need click on it in the drop down). After typing or selecting a reference you can start the guide by pressing Enter on your keyboard or use you mouse to click on the blue arrow on the right side of the reference box.
  2. This is the Title section found in all guides. It shows your scripture reference or if you have entered a title, it shows your title. The Title box appears when you expand this section (click on the arrow on the left side). If you want to save the Exegetical Guide for the scripture reference that you have entered, you should enter a title.
  3. This is where you can type in a description if you want to save a copy of the Exegetical Guide for the scripture reference that you have entered.
  4. Logos keeps track of Creation and Modified date/time (when saving a guide).
  5. Add allows you to include other sections in your guide, but they will not be saved in the template unless you create a Custom Exegetical Guide.



  6. All sections have this arrow on the left side. If you click on the arrow that section will expand or collapse (you can also click in another area).
  7. If you hover your mouse over the section (except the Title section which is fixed) an X will appear on the right side. If you click on it, Logos will close that section. It is not permanently removed and will appear the next time you open your Exegetical Guide. If you saved the guide it will not appear the next time you open the saved guide.
  8. Notes can be found in most sections. If you click on it, Logos will show a box in which you can enter the text. Whenever you enter a note, the guide will be saved.
  9. On some sections you will see Settings. If you click on it, Logos will show a drop down menu or list. The contents of the drop down depends on the section.



Apparatuses

 Logos will search to see if your library contains an apparatus in the vicinity of your Bible verse(s). If it finds one or more then this section will show you links to those apparatuses. For more information on apparatuses see this webpage. Also recently a Blog on Logos discussed How is the SBLGNT Apparatus Different from Other Apparatuses?. Logos also has these articles to help you understand what apparatuses are: Critical Apparatuses and Critical Apparatuses: What and Why.

To find which apparatuses you have open your Library and type in the Find box: type:apparatus (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which apparatuses that you have.




  1. Click on the Apparatuses section to have Logos search for apparatuses. If found then Logos will expand to show you links to them.
  2. Here you will see links to apparatuses in your library which deal with your Bible passage.
  3. After clicking on the link in step 2, Logos opened the new SBLGNT apparatuses to the vicinity of the Bible passage that was entered in the reference box.



Grammars

Grammars – a resource explaining grammatical principles in Bible passages.
Logos has a short article on Grammars.
To find out which grammar resources that you have, open your Library and type in the Find box: type:grammar (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which grammar resources that you have.


  1. Links to grammars which were found appear when you expand the grammar section.
  2. If you hover your mouse over the Grammars section, Settings will appear. If you click on Settings you can select which resources that you want Logos to search through in finding grammar hits for your scripture reference.
    1. The Grammars section is one in which you can have multiple copies in your Exegetical Guide. Use Add to provide additional Grammars sections.



Visualizations

 Visualizations – a resource containing visual analyses of sentences, clauses and phrases
To find out which visualization resources that you have, open your Library and type in the Find box: type:visualization (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which visualization resources that you have.




  1. These are links to visualization resources which Logos found for John 1:1
  2. When clicking on a link, Logos will open the resource to visualizations for your Bible passage.



Word by Word

 This is a powerful feature of the Exegetical Guide. It shows you the original language for your Bible verse as well as an English translation. Logos uses Reverse Interlinear bibles to do this. Virtually every word is a link which performs some function (see the descriptions below). Note that Logos limits the number of verses/words that it will show in the guide.




  1. This item shows you which Reverse Interlinear that you are using (if your preferred Bible is an interlinear, then it is probably the default). If you click on this item a drop down list will appear of all your reverse interlinears. Clicking on one of them will change which RI is used in Word by Word.
  2. The large gray box contains a full verse. If you have set your reference to span more than one verse, you will see one of these boxes for each verse. With word(s) that you have chosen to view via the Settings (see item #4) under its verse box.



    1. This is the verse for this box. If you click on it, it will open your reverse interlinear to that Bible verse.
    2. If you click on this arrow in the box, it will expand/collapse that verse along with each word-box under that verse.
    3. Notice that the verse box shows the Original Language on the left and the English translation on the right.
    4. These show you where the verse text is from (Original Language from your RI and your English version). If you click on either of these Logos will open your Bible to that verse and open the Reverse Interlinear at the bottom of your resource.
    5. If you have used Settings to change which word(s) appear, then notice that words that you wanted to appear are shown in Black and the words that were not selected appear in Gray.



    6. If you click on one of the black words (in either Orig. Lang. or English) in the verse box, Logos will turn it orange on both versions in the verse box and will turn it orange for that occurrence in the word-box under the verse box (if that word-box is not visible, Logos will reposition and expand it in your display).
    7. If you click on one of the gray words (on either side), Logos will create a word-box for that word. To hide that word-box you will need to click in Settings to expand Word by Word again.

  3. These are word-boxes for each word that you have enabled in the Settings. They will appear under the verse box from which they came and in the order in which they appear in the Original Language. Notice that you will see multiple occurrences of a word when it appears multiple times in the verse. This is necessary for the links in each box to work (e.g. used to position your reverse interlinear, see 3a).


    1. This is the manuscript form of the Original Language word found in the verse. If it is orange, you have clicked on it in the verse box (see item 2f). If you click on it, Logos will position your reverse interlinear to that word (if your RI is not open, Logos will open it first). If you hover your mouse over this word, a pop-up box will appear showing you the verse from your English Bible.
    2. This is the transliterated pronunciation of the original language word.
    3. If you click on this arrow, the word-box will collapse/expand.
    4. This is lemma form of the original language word. If you hover your mouse over it, Logos will show you a pop-up box letting you know that it is also a link and that you can open the Bible Word Study to that word. To open BWS to that word, just click on it.
    5. If your original language word is Greek, then this icon will be enabled. If you click on it Logos will pronounce this lemma form of the word. Notice the transliterated pronunciation of the word and the gloss definition of the word to the right of the icon.
    6. This is the morphological tagging for this word. If you hover your mouse over one of the morph words, Logos will show you a pop-up box with its definition. If you click on one of these morph words, Logos will open a grammar resource to that morph’s word definition.
    7. These are dictionary/lexicons in which this word is found. If you hover your mouse over one of these links a pop-up box will appear showing you the definition. If you click on one of these links, that resource will be opened to your word.
    8. If Logos finds more resources defining this word you will see the more link. If you click on it, more resource will be shown. Be aware that once you click on it, the expanded list of resources remains visible. You can override this by reselecting your Setting and expanding Word by Word again.
    9. If you click on a black English word, Logos will position your reverse interlinear to that word (if your RI is not open, Logos will open it first. I found that you may need to click on the word again to position to that word if Logos had to open the RI or Bible.). If you hover your mouse over this word, a pop-up box will appear showing you the verse from your English Bible.

  4. This will appear when you hover your mouse over the Word by Word section.


    1. Click on Settings and Logos will show you a drop down menu shown above.
      1. Show all words: all original language words for each verse will be shown.
      2. Show only lemmas occurring XX times or fewer: this allows you to view only words which appear XX times in the original language (for whole NT or OT).
        • The selections below further restricts what is shown
      3. Show all parts of speech: shows all parts of speech.
      4. Include only these parts of speech: check which parts of speech that you want to be shown.



Adding sections to the Exegetical Guide

 Logos allows you to Add various sections to your Exegetical Guide in addition to the default (or template) sections. Some can be added multiple times e.g. Grammars, Collections. When you add sections they will only appear while you have that specific Guide open, but Logos keeps track of what you have showing and this is known as a saved guide. Many sections can be added as shown in the image below:



  1. Click on Add.
  2. Logos will show you a drop down menu of available sections.
  3. Notice that some are grayed out. This shows you sections which you already have open. Many sections can only be shown once in the guide.
  4. Sections which are black in color are available to be added to the guide.
  5. Notice that some sections can be added more than once. Usually these can be customized via Settings after the section is added.
  6. After the section appears in the guide, use your mouse to grab it and drag it to where you want it.


 If you want the sections to appear each time you open the Exegetical Guide, you need to create a Custom Exegetical Guide, and then you can choose that Guide from the Guides drop down menu. You can create a custom Exegetical Guide from the standard Exegetical Guide by selecting Edit guide template from its menu (click the down arrow on the guide’s icon), or you can create a custom guide from the Guide menu by clicking on .



About Saved Exegetical Guides

When does Logos save Guides?

 Anytime that you add text within a Guide or add/delete/reposition sections Logos will save that guide. Logos saves the guide with the exact scripture range that you entered in the Reference box. For instance if you were to type in the Title box, then Logos would save the guide. The areas available for text entry are the Title box, Description box, and Notes boxes. If you use the Add button to add sections, or if you delete sections, or rearrange sections then Logos saves the guide.

Why are saved Guides completely different when viewed later?

 When viewing a saved guide some time afterward you may see sections (and data) different to your current template, so just realize that its format and content is “frozen” when it is saved.


Deleting Exegetical Guides

Deleting a saved Exegetical Guide

In Logos 5+ go to the Guides menu, right click a saved Exegetical Guide and click Delete.
In Logos 4 it is necessary to locate and open a saved guide to delete it:


  1. Open your saved guide (see Opening a saved Exegetical Guide)
  2. Click on the guide’s icon to see the drop down menu.
  3. Click on Delete this guide.
  4. Click on the X in the guide’s panel to close the guide.



Deleting a Custom Exegetical Guide

Warning: if you delete a custom Exegetical Guide its saved guides will also be deleted.

  1. Click on the Guides menu.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the custom guide that you want to delete and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.



Speeding up the Exegetical Guide

 You may notice that the Exegetical Guide takes considerable time to populate when started with several sections or a wide scripture range. See which tips below might be useful to you in improving the startup speed of your guide.

  • When the Exegetical Guide is updating to a new scripture range, you may notice a Stop button next to the Reference box. You can press this and Logos will stop updating the guide. You then can click on a section that you want to examine and Logos will populate just that section.

   

  • Remove sections which you do not need or rarely use.
  • When entering a scripture range, keep it short. You can always break a scripture range into shorter ranges.
  • In the Word-by-Word section limit the type of words that you need most of the time e.g. set just Verbs or Nouns.
  • If you have a Commentaries section, select a collection of commentaries which can narrow down the number of commentaries used.
  • If you rarely use Biblical People/Place/Things, then remove them.


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