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LSJ Greek–English Lexicon in Logos (for iPad), reviewed (part 2)

September 11, 2013

The massive LSJ Greek-English Lexicon for Logos (9th ed. with revised supplement) is an invaluable resource for Greek lexicography, covering the classical and New Testament eras. I wrote more about the lexicon in Logos here. How does it look and work on an iPad?

Here’s a screen shot:

LSJ entries

You can adjust the background color (sepia, above), enlarge or reduce the font, and change the number of columns of text you see:

LSJ settings

The Logos iOS app also has a robust set of options for highlighting and taking notes:

Highlight Me

Highlight text as you would any other iOS app

Just a sampling of highlighting options

Just a sampling of highlighting options

This note then syncs with the Logos cloud, and is available in your Logos on any platform

This note then syncs with the Logos cloud, and is available in your Logos on any platform

The lexicon’s Table of Contents is just a tap away:

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The letters don’t expand at all (as one might expect) when you tap them–instead, it just takes you to the beginning of the letter. UPDATE/CORRECTION: long-tapping the arrow at far right in the TOC (for each letter) expands to individual entries. LSJ’s navigation is a bit more detailed in this sense in the desktop/laptop version of Logos, but you can also slide your way through the lexicon using the control at the bottom:

LSJ entries

Finally, the hyperlinking feature that exists in Logos for computers is available in the iOS app. Just short-tap any blue, hyperlinked text to pull up details:

Short-tap it in, that's a zinger!

Short-tappa, tap it in, that’s a zinger!

This is the best feature of LSJ in Logos on iOS, and makes possible what scholars decades ago probably never even dreamed of.

Logos has obviously worked hard to make this a “research-grade” text (in Bible software parlance). It’s as accessible and convenient to use on the iPad (or more so) as it is on a computer. Two thumbs up.

My third and final post on LSJ will look at how its entries on a given word compare to other Greek lexicons that students of the Bible would want to use. See part 1 of my review hereUPDATE: Part 3 of my LSJ review is here.

Many thanks to Logos Bible Software for the review copy of LSJ, given to me for the purposes of review, but with no expectation as to the content of my review.

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