Finding all the forms of a Greek word in Logos 5

Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Comparative, General | 3 comments

A while back I showed how to search for the root of a Greek word in Accordance. This is something that couldn’t be done in Logos 4 unless one was willing to follow a rather convoluted and error-prone workaround, as Mark Hoffman pointed out in a follow-up post where he compared the ability to search for Greek roots in Accordance, BibleWorks and Logos. Today I want to revisit this question, since Logos 5 includes the ability to search for the root of a word right from the contextual menu. The following video explains how it all works.

Note also that, as Rick Brannan rightly points out in the comments, the Bible Word Study guide in Logos 5 now includes a Root section. This means that you can right-click on a word and choose to run this very helpful automated tool and it will display all the roots for you.


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  1. Hi Rubén. You mentioned at the beginning of the video that one had to start from a reverse interlinear text to do a root search. Note that several Greek NT texts with the Logos morphology (SBLGNT, NA28, NA27, UBS4, Scrivener, Westcott-Hort) also have roots embedded, as does the Lexham Hebrew Bible. Also, and maybe you’ll share this in another video, but the Bible Word Study guide has a new Root section as well.

    Thanks for your videos and comments on the software!

  2. Hi Rick. Yes, I am aware that some original language Bibles can be searched by root. My point was that one can do it from an English Bible too, which is very good news for people who aren’t comfortable enough to work with the Greek. As for the BWS, I was going to mention that tool in another context, but you’re right that the inclusion of the Root section is a great help.

  3. Great, Rubén! One small detail: As you demonstrate, a root search can be conducted from one of the tagged English versions. Note, however, that the results are ‘cleaner’ when you run the search from a Greek text, however. You get the same number of results either way, and duplicate hits are only counted once, but sorting on “Lemma (Greek)” will show that there are a lot more duplicates when starting from the English.

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