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How to Compare Texts
Even if you’ve never studied the original biblical languages and the discussion of lemmas and clause structures is all Greek to you, there’s one indispensable tool for your biblical study: the Text Comparison tool.
With Text Comparison you can quickly see how different English translations present the passage you’re studying, which will help you get a sense of how the original languages can be translated and understood in different ways.
While you can open this tool from a few different locations, the quickest way to access it is from the Selection menu. Tap any verse to open the menu for that verse and then select Compare in the popup.
Note: Alternatively, you can open a blank Text Comparison tool from the Tools menu (tap the Tools icon and select Text Comparison or from the More Items Menu (tap the more items menu icon and choose Text Comparison.)
When you open Text Comparison, Logos displays the English text of your selected passage from each of your top Bibles.
The first translation listed will be from your top Bible and each of the other translations will be compared to this text. Each translation will give a percentage of difference between it and your preferred Bible; the higher the percentage, the greater the difference between the way the translations render your passage.
To open the passage in any of the listed Bibles, simply tap the translation name and Logos will open a new tab to your passage in that translation.
How to Change Bibles in Text Comparison
You have two options for how to change which Bibles appear in the Text Comparison tool, both of which require the Logos Desktop app.
You can either:
To swap between Top Bibles and a Collection:
- Tap the Panel Menu icon at the top right of the Text Comparison tool.
- Tap the currently selected comparison collection and select another one.
Changing which Bibles belong in this group is a straightforward process but needs to be done on the desktop.
In the Logos desktop app,
- Tap the Library icon to open the panel (or drag it to dock it as a panel in your current layout).
- Click the More Items icon to display your Library filters.
- Expand the Type filter and select Bible.
- Click the Panel Menu icon followed by Prioritize Resources.
- Drag at least five Bibles into the Prefer these resources pane and organize them with your preferred Bible first.
Note: When using Top Bibles in Text Comparison on the mobile app, the tool will display your 10 highest prioritised Bibles .
Favorite Bibles Collection
To create a Collection of your favorite Bibles in the Logos desktop app, open the Collections tool by clicking Tools, typing “Collection” in the search box, and clicking Collections. Click New in the top left to create a new collection of resources and give the collection a name, like “Favorite Bibles.”
Enter the abbreviations or full titles of the Bibles you want to include in the Rule field and then drag the Bible’s cover to the + Plus these resources section. When you’re done, you will have created a collection of Bibles that only includes the translations you’ve selected.