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How do I use Search Templates to Build a Search?

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This article demonstrates how to conduct specialized searches using predetermined Logos search templates. These specialized searches provide you with the most relevant and helpful information for your study. 

Clicking the Search icon Search.svg and selecting the Navigation Drawer icon Hamburger.svg reveals available search templates.

 

 

Note: Available search templates vary based on the search category (Bible, Basic, Media, Clause, Morph, or Syntax).

 

  1. Choose the template that you wish to apply to your search. A window appears with boxes to enter the search term(s) applicable to your template.

 

  1. Click Search.

 

Did you know? Fuzzy Bible Search results are possible hits based on terms related to the term(s) you chose.

  • For example, if you search for faith and deeds, Fuzzy Bible search will provide some hits for faith and works since works is a synonym for “deeds.”

 

 

Did you know? You can open multiple searches at one time. Simply click the Search icon Search.svg in the Go box to open a new Search tab. 

 

Here are some ways to maximize the search templates: 

 

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Basic 

People, Places, and Things

Speakers and Addressees

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Original Language

References and Milestones

 

Basic

This search finds all references to various combinations of search terms. You can search for combinations of two or three search terms including synonyms for these search terms as well.

 

  1. Click your desired template. A corresponding search pop-up appears.

 

  1. For example: This near That

 

 

  1. Type the search terms in the appropriate boxes and Enter.

 

For example: faith NEAR love.

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and the results are displayed.

 

 

Note: In this example, faith NEAR love returns fewer results than faith AND love (displayed on the right panel). Logos has filtered out hits where the search terms occur in the same verse but are not close to each other. 

 

People, Places, and Things

This search finds all the references to a particular person, place or thing, even if the search term does not occur in a verse.

 

  • For example, this locates the same person with variant spellings/names (e.g. Abram and Abraham). This search is also useful to search for references to a particular individual who shares a name with other persons (e.g. Simon).

 

  1. Click your desired template. A corresponding search pop-up appears.

 

For example: A Person in the Bible

 

 

  1. Enter your desired search term. A drop down menu appears to help you select the correct term.

 

For example: Abraham

 

 

  1. Either click on the desired search term or Enter if you are satisfied with what you have typed.

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results.

 

 

Note: Logos returns results for every time Abraham is mentioned, whether it is by this name, “Abram,” or a pronoun that refers to him.

 

  1. You can further modify this search by entering additional search criteria.

 

For example: <Person Abraham> AND promise (these latter two words have been added to the search)

 

 

Note: In this example, there are more results than if the search had been simply Abraham AND promise. In this case, the <Person [Search term]> identified additional passages that would have been missed through a simple two term search connected by AND.

 

Speakers and Addressees

This search finds what a particular person said about a subject or when a particular person was speaking to another person.

 

  1. Click your desired template. A corresponding search pop up appears.

 

  • For example: A Person Speaks about Something

 

  1. Enter your desired search terms. A drop down menu appears to help you select the correct terms.

 

  • For example: Enter Jesus in the top box and money in the lower box.

 

 

Note: When you enter a speaker’s name, you will need to click the desired search term to enter it in the search field.

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and the results are displayed.

 

 

Notice this search returns results where money is the subject Jesus’ speech even when the word is not explicitly used. It also filters out uses of money and money-related words when they are not the subject of the discussion.

 

Tip: Use this type of search to find out if Jesus really talked about money more than any other particular subject. Simply open a new search tab by clicking the Search icon Search.svg in the Go box and reapplying this template with a new search term (e.g. heaven).

 

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

This template offers two types of searches. The first option allows you to enter an Old Testament passage to find New Testament references. The second option allows you to enter a New Testament passage to find Old Testament references.

 

Each template gives you the option to search for:

 

  • A Citation--places where the passage is cited by an author/speaker (i.e. “it is written”)
  • A Quotation--places where the passage is quoted by an author/speaker
  • An Allusion--places where the passage is (likely) referred to but not explicitly quoted or cited.
  • An Echo--places where an image or concept from an Old Testament passage is repeated in the New Testament.

 

To find places where an Old Testament passage is used in the New Testament:

 

  1. Click Old Testament Passage used by New Testament Author.

 

 

  1. Enter your desired passage and Enter.

 

Tip: These searches tend to be most effective using book and chapter but not verse. (e.g. Gen. 2 instead of Gen. 2:24-25).

 

  1. Choose the type of search you wish to perform from the dropdown menu.

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results.

 

  • For example: Compare the differences between searching for a Citation of Jeremiah 31 and an Allusion to Jeremiah 31.

 

 

  • For example: Compare the differences between searching for a Quotation of Psalm 2 and Echo of Psalm 2.

 

 

Note: New Testament authors use Old Testament passages in different ways, so it is helpful to try multiple types of searches on the same text.

 

To find places where a New Testament passage refers to a place in the Old Testament:

 

  1. Click New Testament Passage Uses Old Testament.

 

 

  1. Enter your desired passage and Enter.

 

  1. Choose the type of search you wish to perform from the dropdown menu.

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results.

 

  • For example: Compare the differences between searching for a Citation in Hebrews 10 and an Allusion in Hebrews 10.

 

 

  • For example: Compare the differences between searching for a Quotation in John 12 and Echo in John 12.

 

 

Note: New Testament authors use Old Testament passages in different ways, so it is helpful to try multiple types of searches on the same text.

 

Original Language

These templates allow a variety of searches in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Results are displayed in your selected versions. You may input search terms using transliteration or in the original text. (For more information about using Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic script, click here).

 

Because there is not a one-to-one correspondence between English and the original languages, a single word in the original text may be translated as multiple words in English.

 

  • For example: the Greek word χάρις (charis) is translated as grace, favor, benefit, gift.

 

One way to find these different usages is through a search template.

 

  1. Click your desired template. A corresponding search pop-up appears.

 

  1. Type the desired Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic word in the upper box and the English word you want to search for or exclude (depending on your template) in the lower box. (After you type the search term, use Enter or click the desired term from the dropdown menu.)

 

    • Note: To enter a transliteration, type g: (for Greek), h: (for Hebrew), or a: (for Aramaic). Then type your transliterated word. Logos automatically converts the transliteration to the original language script.

 

  • For example: g:charis (No spaces)

 

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results.

 

  • For example:

 

 

Note: In this example, a difference in translation occurs in the NIV and NASB95. In this case, these versions choose to use the word “grace” (indicated by the open boxes), but the ESV, LEB, and NRSV do not use the word “grace.”

 

As an additional example: In Hebrew, the word רוּחַ (ruach) is translated “breeze, breath, wind, spirit, mind.”

 

To find the occurrences of “spirit”:

 

  1. Click Hebrew Word Translated As.

 

  1. Enter h:ruach in the upper box and spirit in the lower box.

 

 

  1. Click Search. Logos displays all occurrences of ruach translated “spirit.”

 

 

Note: This example reveals differences in translation as some versions translate  רוּחַ (ruach) differently. This is indicated by the open boxes (something other than “spirit” is used).

 

References and Milestones

This template is located within the Basic search category and allows you to narrow your search to relevant portions of your library.

 

  • For example: In a study of Ephesians 1:6, you encounter the phrase “adoption as sons.” A basic search for the term “adoption” yields far more hits than is reasonable to review. However, this search can be refined through one of the search templates.

 

  1. Click your desired template. A corresponding search pop-up appears.

 

  • For example: Term Near Bible Reference. Enter the desired search term in the upper box and the Bible reference in the lower box.

 

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results.

 

  • In our example, Logos displays results where adoption occurs in close proximity to Ephesians 1:6 in your resources.
  • Notice this search narrows results further than a search for adoption AND Ephesians 1:6.

 

 

To search resources where a commentary on one passage refers to another passage:

 

  1. Click the desired search template. A corresponding search pop-up appears.

 

For example: Commentary on One Passage refers to Another Passage.

 

  1. Enter the main passage you are studying in the upper box. Enter the reference you wish to find a reference to in the lower box.

 

 

  1. Click Search. The syntax for your search is automatically entered into the search bar and displays the results for occurrences of the second passage in resources that discuss the first passage.

 

 

Tip: This search template can be easily modified to search for a term within commentary on the Bible passage. Simply highlight the first passage listed in the search bar and type your desired search term in its place and click Enter.

 

 

Note: This search finds instances where Jesus is mentioned in commentaries on Psalm 23.

 

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