Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

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It can be frustrating when you want to dig into a passage of scripture like the Psalms, but you don’t feel like you have the right knowledge or tools.

You might try running a Google search or pulling out your trusty Psalms commentary in hopes of finding the information you’re looking for. Or, you might enroll in a local or online seminary course to explore the topics, words, and phrases behind the Psalms.

Now you don’t have to.

In Logos Cloud Plus plan and above, you can instantly search and sort the Psalms using the Psalms Explorer. For example, now you can isolate not just every lament psalm written by David, but every Davidic lament psalm containing the word “sin.” Search specific words, phrases, cultural concepts, and more within any combination of genres, attributions, structures, and other tags.

In this post you’ll learn how to use Logos Cloud to easily search, sort, and analyze the Psalms.

How to use the Psalms Explorer

To begin, open the Psalms Explorer interactive located in the “Tools” menu. If you don’t see it in Tools > Interactive Media > Psalms Explorer, then you’ll need to upgrade to Logos Cloud Plus, Premium or Professional. Email help@logoscloud.com or call 800-210-6466 to learn more.

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

Within the Psalms Explorer, you can filter the Psalms by categories like genre, attribution, and structure. So, if you want to find lament Psalms attributed to King David, you can click on the corresponding filters and get a list of Psalms that meet that criteria. Then, you can systematically click on each Psalm to explore it further.

But, what if you want to find specific words within Psalms that meet this criteria, like “lament?” With the Psalms Explorer dataset you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Open a new search panel by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the top left of your screen.

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

In the search bar, type {Label Psalm}. If you stop here and press enter, Logos will return every verse in the Psalms. But, if you want to find only the lament Psalm, add some more search parameters. Let’s say that you add WHERE in all caps followed by genre = “lament.”

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

Now add the parameter “attribution.” Simply add AND attribution = “David” after lament.

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

 

So far, you’ve created a rather lengthy search query that returns the results we already found in the Psalms Explorer. So why do this instead of using the Psalms Explorer? Keep reading to see why.

How to easily search the Psalms

At the beginning of the search, type “sin WITHIN”.

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

Now, instead of exploring 44 Psalms that meet our criteria, you’ll find 12 verses of text that contain the word “sin” within a Lament Psalm by David.

Why You Don’t Need a Seminary Degree to Study the Psalms

In Psalm 38:3 David recognizes God’s indignation against him and that his distress is caused by his sin. In 38:18 he confesses his iniquity and repents of his sin. You’ll also find the classic Davidic lament in Psalm 51 where he confesses and repents of his sin with Bathsheba.

Delete “sin” and add “Place Jerusalem” to find everywhere David laments over this city. In Psalm 102:13 he pleads with the Lord that he will have pity on Zion.

You can even search for specific cultural concepts like “Fleeing” and immediately find Psalm 3 where David flees from Absalom and Psalm 57 where David flees from Saul.

The Psalms Explorer dataset lets you pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Watch this video to see the Psalms Explorer in action:

Get started with a free month

To get started using the Psalms Explorer dataset, start your free month of Logos Cloud Plus, Premium or Professional today.

Logos Cloud includes advanced search features, original-language study tools, reading plans, and more. These powerful tools work seamlessly with Logos’ unparalleled library of interconnected theological resources, like commentaries and Bible dictionaries to help you better understand the Word. Your first month of Logos Cloud is free, and you can cancel at any time.

There’s never been a better time than today to take your Bible study to new heights. Your first month of Logos Cloud is free, and you can cancel at any time. Don’t wait, let’s get started!

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