Use Timeline for Biblical Events

A Logos user recently asked me this question:

Let’s say I’m studying a book in the Bible like Philippians and I want to know when it was written. Other than looking at a commentary or study Bible is there a way to see its date of writing?

The answer is a resounding yes with the Logos 5 Timeline dataset (this dataset does not come with the Starter base package) which was created for just this purpose.

Allow me to show you a quick way to find a specific event:

  • Choose Tools | Timeline
  • Type a word in the Filter box such as Philippians from the above question (A)
  • Observe that only those events containing that word appear on the Timeline (the number in the Filter indicates the number of events currently being displayed) (B)
  • Notice that your desired event may not currently be visible in the Timeline window (C)

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  • Choose the panel menu on the Timeline (D)
  • Select Find(in this panel) (E)

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  • Type in the Find box that opened under the Filter box the same word that’s in the Filter box such as Philippians (F)
  • Look carefully at the Timeline which jumped to an event containing your word (G)
  • Use the Previous and Next arrows to move through all of the events on the filtered Timeline (H)

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  • Click an event  on the Timeline to reveal more information including hyperlinks back to resources (I)

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As you use the Timeline please keep in mind these distinctions between Filter and Find:

  • Filter limits the events on the Timeline
  • Find locates the events on the Timeline

In the above example regarding the date of the writing of Philippians, you’ll see that Logos displays various possible dates, which are taken from resources in the Library. Again click an event on the Timeline to display hyperlinks back to those resources.

If you would now like to see other events happening at the same time as the writing of Philippians:

  • Remove the text in the Filter box (J)
  • Notice all events return to the Timeline (K)

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