Finding repeated terms
Many of you have utilized Documents.Logos.com to download my Greek Discourse markup. But what if your school/professor requires a different system? Or what if you want to create your own system entirely? Today, we are going to look at how to bring out the salient features of the text with color-coding. Fortunately, Logos 5 provides several features to allow quick and painless visual creations.
First, examine which words are used frequently:
- Open up the software, go to Documents and select Word List.
- Click “Add” and select “Add lemmas from SBLGNT.”
- Type “1 John” into the box.
A list will quickly populate, that you can sort by frequency, as shown in the picture below.
Creating a Visual Filter
Second, open up a search window. You can do this by clicking the magnifying glass. I have mine set to search “All Morph Text in All Passages in The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition with Logos Greek Morphology.”
- Copy and paste the lemma from the word list into the search box.
- Click on the result from the dropdown menu, and hit enter. Resulting in a list that compiles all the occurrences of love with the root ἀγαπάω in the entire GNT.
- Select the button marked “Filter” in order to create a new visual filter with the appropriate morphological search.
Once your filter has been created, you can save it. You can see in the screenshot that I have saved my first filter “1 John Theme Highlighting” and then repeated the process for additional lemmas. For example, cognate nouns should be included for certain verbs in order to provide a more accurate picture. Depending on your exact search, you may need to repeat the process several times.
With the proper filters in place you can select different colors in order to pull out particular words. In the example, we have chosen pink for “love” and blue for “world.” Additionally, I have turned off my Greek Discourse Visual Filter. Now, with the highlights in place, we return to the Greek text with a clear picture of topics for the various sections. For example, it appears that John primarily discusses “the world” in 4:1-6. Compare this to 4:7-12, wherein his primary focus is “love.” In this same way, the conclusion to John’s First Epistle is striking, because 5:6-21 contains only one mention of “world” and no references to “love”. This is, of course, just a starting point. My thematic visual markup is now currently available on Documents.Logos.com. I encourage you to add additional elements as you continue your study.
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