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Logos provides powerful search capabilities to allow you to quickly find words, phrases, and more within the Bibles in your Logos library.

 

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Running a Bible Search

Search Results

Using Search Operators

Graph Search Results

 

Running a Bible Search

 

  1. Click the Search icon Search.svg in the command box.

 

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  1. Ensure that the Bible search type is selected. Other search types may be available depending on your base package.

 

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  1. You can limit your search to particular words, from specific passages, in specific Bibles by selecting from the options in the search limitations menu.

 

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  • Choose whether to search within highlighting styles or types of words (like the words of Christ).
  • Select the passages you want to search. You can either search the whole Bible, or you can search particular groups of biblical books (such as the major prophets or the synoptic gospels). By default, Logos has all of the common Bible divisions. You can also search a Passage List by scrolling down and selecting an item under Passage Lists.
  • Pick the translation(s) you want to search within. By default, Logos will search your preferred Bible.

 

  1. Form your search query.

Note: Logos provides several tools to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

  • Search Helps (in the main search pane) provide basic guidance about how to construct your search.

 

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  • Search Templates allow you to build a more complex search without having to use search syntax. Instead, select the kind of search you want to run, then enter your search terms in the dialog box that appears. Search Templates appear in the left navigation menu, which can be toggled on/off using the navigation menu icon Hamburger.svg.

 

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  • Search Suggestions: As you type, Logos will populate a list of suggestions to help you refine your search. For best results, select one of these. Otherwise,  finish typing your search query and press Enter.

  

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  1. After you’ve created your query, select from the dropdown list of suggestions or press Enter.

 

  1. Logos will display a categorized list of search results.

 

Search Results

Your search results will display in two sections:

 

Fuzzy Bible Search (requires internet connection)

 

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This section appears when you enter a search query without selecting a suggestion from the drop-down list that appears. It draws from dozens of translations and Logos' extensive data tagging to give you the best match to your search query.

 

Bible Results

This section displays search results in the Bible version(s) you selected. You have several options for displaying these:

 

  • Grid view — Displays a visual grid showing where your search results appear in each of your top five Bibles.

 

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  • Verses view displays the verses containing your search results. To view two or more version side-by-side, click +Add Versions.

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  • Aligned view — Displays the verses containing your search results and aligns them by your search terms.

 

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  • Analysis view — Displays your search results and provides detailed contextual and original-language information.

 

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Using Search Operators 

In addition to search limiting options discussed above, you can also refine your search results using search operators. You can use search operators to create more advanced searches. For example, if you'd like to find a phrase containing two words, but you don't know the exact phrase, try typing [word] WITHIN 5 WORDS [word]. Your search results will display every occurrence where the two words you entered are mentioned within five words of each other.

 

Note: Bible searches for multiple terms are constrained by verse boundaries. They will only return results in which all of the terms appear in the same verse.

 

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Graph Search Results

 

After you run a search, you can view graphs displaying where your search results appear. To do so, click the Graph Bible Search Results icon Graph_Bible_Search_Results.svg, then select the graph type from the bottom of the results window.

 

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Additional Resources

 

Logos Help: Fuzzy Bible Search

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