Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
Knowing the geographical context in which a biblical event took place can certainly aid our interpretation. For example:
- What’s the significance of the phrase “he had to pass through Samaria” in John 4:4?
- Does the location of Laodicea impact Jesus’ description of the church as “lukewarm” in Revelation 3:16?
To assist us in discovering the geographical context of a biblical passage, Logos 6 offers a brand new Atlas tool with scores of new maps. These new maps are tagged according to both biblical references and topics (biblical people, places, things, and events). The multiple tags on a map are why links to maps appear all throughout the software, such as in the Passage Guide (A), in the Topic Guide (B), and in the Factbook (C).
You can also, however, manually search the Atlas yourself for just the right map. Try this:
- Choose Tools | Atlas
- Make sure the left sidebar is visible by clicking the map list icon (D)
- Remove any text that is in the search box in the sidebar (E)
- Type a query in the search box, such as:
- A biblical reference, like John 4 (F)
- A person, like Jesus
- A place, like Jerusalem
- A thing, like temple
- An event, like feeds 5,000
- Select the desired item from the drop-down list (G)
- Notice maps corresponding to the query appear in the list (H)
- Select a map to load it in the display area (I)
You can now use all the features of the Atlas tool to work with your desired map!
For more detailed information about working with the Atlas, as well as the rest of Logos 6’s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:
- Logos 6: What’s New? Manual (print)
- Logos 6: What’s New? (digital)
- Logos 6: What’s New? Video Training