Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

You’ve perhaps noticed we research e-books differently than print books: print volumes are searched one at a time whereas e-books are searched in bulk. We instruct Logos to search our commentaries or theology books or journals. With bulk searching, some books tend to get lost in the shuffle. We may overlook the value of a specific resource.

One such book you perhaps own is Figures of Speech Used in the Bible by E.M. Bullinger (this resource is not in all Logos base packages). In this edition the author identifies over 200 types of figures of speech and then provides biblical examples of each. It’s a helpful guide when trying to discover Hebrew or Greek figures of speech we may miss because we’re not as familiar with these languages as we are our native tongue.

When I’m studying a biblical passage, I always run it through Figures just to make sure I’m not missing an idiomatic or emphatic expression. One way to do so is with an Inline search:

  • Open a Bible to a passage like Mark 7:20 (A)


  • Open Figures of Speech Used in the Bible (if you don’t own this resource I encourage you to add it to your library) (B)
  • Click the Inline Search icon on Figures toolbar (C)
  • Type your passage like Mark 7:20 in the search box (D)
  • Select the reference from the drop down list (E)


  • Press the Enter key to generate the search
  • Notice the author lists this verse as an example of Epimone or Lingering (F)


  • Select Article from the drop down context list to display the hit in its broader context (G)

Notice Bullinger provides several examples of lingering (H) which he defines as dwelling upon the principle point of a subject, so that it may be well understood, and remain with due weight upon the mind of the hearer or reader. (I)

The more you use this resource, the more you’ll appreciate Bullinger’s helpful insights into the use of words and grammar in the Bible.

For more detailed instruction on getting the most out of your software, please check out Camp Logos 2 Video Training now on pre-pub.

One thought on “Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

  1. I have never used the in-line search before but I am going to learn how to use this tool. One question however, I accidently discovered a resource in my library that exposed many idiomatic statements in John 8. I lost that resource, I have been searching resources including John for quiet awhile now and this gem remains hidden. So I wondered is there a way to tap resources that only handle topics that include idioms, without having to check into every resource my search uncovers? Is there a way to search for only those resources that handle idioms in the NT (therefor including John 8) or the OT? I remember reading somewhere that there are certain commentaries that seriously handle this topic, but today I do not know there titles. Or perhaps there is a theological journal that contains an article that seriously handles idioms in John, how do I find it without having to scan every resource?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *