Today’s guest post is by Isaiah Hoogendyk, language editor for the content innovation department.
With Logos 5 and the new Verbum base packages, there are lots of features to talk about. Everyone will have their favorite new feature. Today I’ll be talking about a tool that is brand-new to Logos 5 and currently my favorite.
Logos users already know about Bible Search. This is always a great place to start when you want to quickly find a reference containing a few select words. For instance, a search in the RSV Catholic Edition for “Jesus bread” will give around 21 results, most of which are useful and interesting.
However, there are at least two limitations to this approach:
- The search is specific to the words searched for:
- This means it doesn’t find classic passages such as “I am the bread of life,” where Jesus is implied but not stated explicitly.
- And what about when the word “loaves” is used? Or when Jesus is comparing bread to his body?
- The search only finds where the words are in the same verse together, but it would be perhaps more useful to know when they are used in the same clause.
Fortunately, these limitations are addressed with Clause Search. Start by opening up a search window and selecting “Clause.”
You’ll notice that there are some helpful examples of how to search. The two basic things you need to know are that Logos has tagged people, places, things, and verbs throughout the Scriptures, and that each of these “entities” is tagged as either the subject, the object or the indirect object. Today we’re going to focus on “person” and “thing anywhere in clause.”
The software makes it easy to jumpstart these searches—it gives you suggestions as you type. Start by entering “person:Jesus.” Select the first suggestion. Now, type “thing:bread” and hit enter.
There are now 34 results. Along with John 6:48, “I am the bread of life,” we also see many interesting verses:
- Matthew 14:19: Taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples,
- Matthew 26:26: “Take, eat; this is my body.”
- John 6:33–34: “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.”
- John 13:26: Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give this morsel when I have dipped it.”
Try another clause search yourself: instead of using “thing:bread,” try “thing:wine.” And to whet your appetite for more examples to be discussed in a followup post, head over to logos.com/clause-search. Be sure to watch the video!