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Logos provides a number of Guides to aid you in your Bible study e.g. Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, the Bible Word Study Guide, Topic Guide. Each guide has a number of tools or sections, which can be added to, or you can create a custom guide.


Page Contents



General

The available Guides and sections depend on your Logos base packages.

When you click on a section header, you will often see a progress bar appear. When Logos has found relevant information, then that section is expanded. If no relevant info was found, the text in the header is grayed out to let you know that none was found.


Passage Guide

 The Passage Guide (PG) provides a wealth of tools for general study of a scripture e.g. access to your commentaries, lists of cross references and parallel passages. When you start to enter a scripture in the Reference box at the top of the guide Logos will show you a drop down list of pericopes as suggestions. You can either select one of these suggestions or just click in the reference box to retain the scripture that you typed into it.




Exegetical Guide

 The Exegetical Guide (EG) is for digging into the original language words found in your scripture range e.g. exegesis of the words, textual variants, grammatical constructions. For further study there is a link to the Bible Word Study guide.




Bible Word Study

 The Bible Word Study Guide (BWS) is for studying a specific word. Logos allows you to study an English word or an Original Language word. You will notice that different sections are available when studying these two word types.

   For English words


   For Original Language words



Topic Guide

 The Topic Guide uses the LCV (Logos Controlled Vocabulary dataset) to provide information on various bible topics. The LCV enables different names for the topic to be aligned across different resources e.g. your bible dictonaries.




Sermon Starter Guide

 The Sermon Starter Guide provides information on Sermons/Outlines and Themes that have been tagged in various resources. You can enter a Passage and select a Theme if listed, or you can enter what you think might be a Theme. Otherwise just enter a passage.

   For a Passage


   For a Theme


Theology Guide

 The Theology Guide is for studying theological topics.



Differences between Logos Versions

When you upgrade from a version earlier than Logos 8, your favourite custom guides becomes your standard guide e.g. “My Passage Guide” becomes “Passage Guide”, etc.; otherwise the standard guide has Logos’ default settings.

When you make changes to an open guide (below), the settings are saved for subsequent use of the guide, and changes will be propagated to other panels that are open for that guide e.g. as a duplicate, or from Favorites. In earlier versions the changes resulted in a saved instance of the guide, and the open guide would revert to its template settings after entering a new word or scripture; you had to create a custom guide if you wanted to retain those settings.

Earlier versions had a Title/Description box which was useful for saved guides.


Making Changes to an Open Guide

Toolbar

  1. Passage range - some guides can be restricted to information from a specific passage range:
    • click All Passages and select from the drop down menu.
  2. Add menu – if you want to use additional sections:
    • click on Add
    • click or drag the section you want to add
      grayed out sections are already included
  3. Panel menu – click the menu icon for actions that affect the guide:
    • Refresh guide - will update/restore the contents of all open sections
      e.g. to reflect new resources or prioritization, to restore content after using the more button.
      It won’t affect any changes you made to the sections.
    • Edit this guide - opens the Guide Editor so you can make changes to the sections.
      This is where you can alter the title of a custom guide.
    • Delete this guide - only applies to a custom guide.

Sections

  • If you want to collapse a section:
    • Click your mouse on the left side of a section heading.
      the section will be inactive until it is expanded by clicking in the same place.
  • If you want Help for a section:
    • Hover your mouse over a section heading.
    • Click on the Help icon.
  • If you want to customize a section:
    • Hover your mouse over a section heading.
    • Click on Settings
  • If you want to delete a section:
    • Hover your mouse over a section heading.
    • Click on the X on the right side of the heading.
  • If you want rearrange the order of the sections:
    • Click on the section that you want to move.
    • Drag it to a new location.
  • If you want to add a Note:
    • Click on + Add note at the bottom of the section.
  • These and other actions can be performed from a right-click menu in the section heading:
    • Collapse/Expand
    • Move up + Move down
    • Settings...
    • Refresh - only affects this section
    • Add note
    • Copy - copies the contents of the section
    • Delete

Note: If you want to revert a non-custom guide to its default settings, right click it in the Guides menu and select Reset to default.



Guide Editor

Although the standard guides can be changed without restriction, it may be better to create a custom guide for a specific purpose.
In the Guides menu, click New at the bottom, then Make a new Guide:
  

Kind allows for all word-based and scripture-based guides, and the editor will restrict the available sections accordingly. The Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide could share the same sections, so you could have a guide that both studies the passage and the words in the passage.
Once you have created a custom guide it is saved under Custom Guides in the Guides menu. If you right-click that guide and select Edit, you can change its name as well as make other changes.

Custom guides appear in the right-click Context menu.



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