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10/23/12 at 11:36 AM 0 Comments

Word Count Tool Helps Bible Students Discover Underlying Themes

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Author: Morris Proctor, certified & authorized Bible software trainer

Starting to study the Bible on your own can be a daunting task. With 66 books by 40 authors, there's a seemingly endless list of topics and themes that are waiting to be discovered, but where to get started and how to go about doing this can stop us in our tracks before we even begin.

Sometimes, when studying a book or section of the Bible, we can pick up on an author’s theme by examining word usage. For example, John’s use of love in 1 John and Mark’s repeated reference to immediately in his gospel are enlightening.

With a Word List feature that comes standard in Logos Bible Software 4, we can easily discover the number of times a biblical writer used a given word. Try this:

  • Choose File | Word List.
  • Give the Word List a name that identifies it with the passage of Scripture being examined, such as 1 John Words.
  • Click Add (A) on the Word List.
  • Select a Bible from the dropdown list. (B)
  • Type a reference in the box, such as 1 John. (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the list.
  • Click Grid (D) to see the words in a spreadsheet.
Logos 4 Word List for 1 John Words
  • Click the column header Count (A) to arrange the words according to the number of times they are used in the passage. (If Count isn’t visible, right-click a column header and select Count.)
Logos 4 Word Count List by frequency in 1 John

In this 1 John example, please note the numerous occurrences of Greek lemmas translated love, know, and abide.

You can save these Word Lists and reopen them from the File menu.

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.


This blog was originally posted on 10/22/12 on LogosTalk.com an can be read in its entirety here.

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