Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

6 Feb 2012

Use @: a Logos tip

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I’m teaching a class on Paul this semester and this week we looked at 1–2 Thessalonians. One of the interesting things about these letters is that both appear to have been co-authored by Paul and two of his companions, Silas—you may know him as Silvanus—and Timothy (see 1 Thess 1:1 and 2 Thess 1:1; cf. 1 Cor 1:1; 2 Cor 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col 1:1; Phlm 1). I was curious and wanted to search in Logos to see how often the first person plural (“we”) was used to refer to the author(s) of the letters. The only problem was that I wasn’t quite sure how to perform the search. (Don’t judge me Logos ninjas.) Right-clicking on a verb in the letter didn’t give me any option of looking for just these features and the Search menu didn’t provide any obvious help. Then, almost by accident—I actually can’t remember how it happened—I typed the @ symbol in the command line of the morph-search tool bar (see the screen shot below). Voila! This brought up a drop-down menu, which allowed me to select just the items that I wanted to include in my search. In seconds, I had all the first person plural verbs in the letters identified (64 results) and simply had to sort through them all to see which were relevant for my question.

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