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Logos 5 launched with some exciting new tools and a few updated old ones. I want to share three of them with you.

Bible Facts Tool

Logos reworked some of their tools used to learn about people, places and things with the new Bible Facts Tools. It focuses on giving users some visually rich information about these things as we study our Bibles. Added to them we get events too. The tool pulls its information from many places, like Bible dictionaries, atlases and collections of visual tools.

bible facts tool in logos 5

Here’s how the tool works. Logos describes this as running a “Biblical background check.” I like that. I can just open it from the Tools menu in Logos 5 or as I’m studying a passage I can select a person, place, thing or event and right-click. The menu will often show me those things. Select Jesus and find the Person entry in the right side of the popup menu. Select it and see a ton of content.

bible facts in right click menu of logos 5

The visual tools present tell us about the person with things like family trees or relationship graphs. Places show maps and pictures of the places. Events show up on a Bible Timeline (see below). And students can take these visual tools out to presentation software, like PowerPoint.

Along with the visual tools that the Bible Facts window shows, you get reference tools like searches in the Bible and Hebrew or Greek words translated as your word.

See this demo video below:

Bible Timeline

As I showed in the video above, Logos 5 comes with a new Bible Timeline that shows off the timeline of both Biblical and historical events on a horizontal timeline.

 The tool lets users filter based on event, date and it lets users customize the look.

Biblical Sense Lexicon

The Bible Sense Lexicon offers students a quick way to search the Semantic Domains in Bible study to learn the “sense” of a Biblical word. It helps users find words related to your word by meaning. Here’s a brief video demo of the tool. The quickest way to get at it, as shown above, is through the Reverse Interlinear tool. Open a Bible with a Reverse Interlinear like the ESV and make sure the Bible Sense line shows at the bottom of the interlinear information at the bottom of the Bible window. If not, right-click on the list to the left and check the Bible Sense line, which is at the bottom. Now, highlight a word with a Bible Sense Lexicon entry. Not all words in the Bible show up in the lexicon. My example came from 2 Timothy 1:7, and I looked up the word “testimony”. Click on the link in the Bible Sense line of the Reverse Interlinear to open the lexicon. It shows a few things.

bible timeline in logos 5

Bible Sense Lexicon

In the image above, notice the dictionary entry followed by two hyperlinks. These will open a Bible Word Study of each word. Below that we see a graph showing where this word shows up in the Bible. Along the right we see how the word relates to other words in that Semantic Domain. Click each of the words to open the Lexicon to that tool.

This review originally appeared at Kevin Purcell. Used with permission.