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Oct 25, 2012 David Lang

Isolating Verses with the CONTENTS Command

In yesterday's post, I showed how I searched for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" and then wanted to separate the verses referring to cast images of animals from the ones referring to cast images of deities. I did this by "marking" all the animal verses and then adding those marked verses to a Reference List. At that point, I just selected all the verses I had collected and used the Copy As Reference command to get a list of those verse references.

In this post, I want to show you an easy way to get a list of all the other verses—the ones I had not marked in my previous post.

At the end of my last post, I had two tabs open: a search tab with my Hebrew word search, and a reference list tab containing only those verses from the first tab which I had gone through and marked. To get a list of the other verses I had not marked, I really just need to remove all the marked verses from the Search tab. The easiest way to do this is using the CONTENTS command.

The CONTENTS command lets you use the list of verses from another tab as an argument in a search. Since all the verses I previously marked have been added to the Reference List tab, I can exclude the Contents of that Reference List from my original search to isolate all the other verses. I'll do this simply by adding the NOT command, followed by the Contents command, to my original search for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image."

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Note how because the Reference List contains Ex. 32:4 and 32:8, those verses no longer appear in the Search tab. I've specified that those verses cannot appear in my search result because they are among the contents of the Reference List tab.

At this point, all I need to do to get my list of verses which refer to cast images of deities is to select all the verses in my Search tab and choose Reference from the Copy As submenu of the Edit window.

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I can then paste that list of verses into my writing project, which lists the two different uses of this Hebrew word:

The Bible refers to cast images of deities (Ex 34:17; Lev 19:4; Num 33:52; Deut 27:15; Judg 17:3–4; 18:14, 17–18; 1 Kings 14:9; Is 30:1, 22; 42:17; Nah 1:14; Hab 2:18; 2 Chr 28:2; 34:3–4) and of animals (Ex 32:4, 8; Deut 9:12, 16; 2 Kings 17:16; Neh 9:18; Psa 106:19; Hos 13:2).

Using the CONTENTS command saved me from having to go through my search result a second time to mark the verses referring to cast images of deities. By excluding the verses in the Reference List tab, I narrowed my search result to all the verses I had not previously marked.


 

Oct 24, 2012 David Lang

Marking Verses in Accordance 10

The other day I did a search for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" (מסכה). As I began looking through the results, I saw that some of these references had to do with the cast metal idols of pagan deities, while others referred to the cast images of animals, such as the golden calf. I decided to incorporate this observation into a writing project like this:

The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (list of verses).

As you can see, I wanted to flesh out this simple sentence with two lists of verse references, so I needed an easy way to separate the results of this one search into two separate lists of verses.

The first thing I did was to go through the verses found by my search and "mark" those verses which mentioned the cast image of an animal. You can mark a verse by right-clicking it and choosing Mark Selection, or you can simply click in a verse and then use the keyboard shortcut Command-7. This will place a blue bookmark to the right of the selected verse. I used the keyboard shortcut method to quickly mark the verses referring to animals.

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Note: Prior to Accordance 10, you could mark a verse simply by holding the option key while clicking the verse. In Accordance 10, this shortcut was replaced by the ability to option-click a word to open the Instant Details popover. If you're used to marking verses by option-clicking, you'll have a minor adjustment to make in Accordance 10.

Now that I had marked all the verses dealing with cast images of animals, I needed a way to collect those verses into a single list. To do this, I went to the Add Marked Verses submenu of the Selection menu and chose New Reference List.

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This opened a new Reference List tab containing only the verses I had marked.

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At that point, I simply selected all the verses in the Reference List tab and chose Reference from the Copy As submenu of the Edit window. I then pasted that list of references into the sentence I had written:

The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (Ex 32:4, 8; Deut 9:12, 16; 2 Kings 17:16; Neh 9:18; Psa 106:19; Hos 13:2).

Now that I had a list of all the verses referring to cast images of animals, I simply needed a list of all the other verses—the ones I had not marked. I'll show you how to isolate those verses in my next post.


 

May 22, 2012 David Lang

Option Key Secrets: Marking Verses

How often do you hold down the option key when using Accordance? Holding down this simple modifier key can open up a host of powerful features you may not have known were available. Yesterday we showed how you can option-click the close icon of any pane, tab, or zone to close all the other panes, tabs, or zones. Today I want to show how you can option-click any verse to "bookmark" it.

Let's say I want to put together a list of every verse that mentions James the brother of Jesus. I can do a search for the word "James," but that also turns up references to James the son of Alphaeus and James the son of Zebedee. I need an easy way to sift through the results and isolate the verses I'm after. The simplest way to do this is to option-click each verse which speaks of James the brother of Jesus. Doing so will put a blue bookmark icon in the right margin of the text pane.

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Once I've bookmarked the verses I'm interested in, it's easy to place all those verses in a separate Reference List that I can save and use in a variety of ways. Simply choose New Reference List Tab from the Add Marked Verses To submenu of the Selection menu. A new Reference List tab will open containing only those verses I marked.

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Now for the pièce de resistance. If I want to copy that list of verses into a word processing document, I need only select all the verses in the Reference List window and choose Reference from the Copy As submenu of the Edit menu. Accordance will then copy a nicely formatted string of references to the clipboard. Like this: Matt 13:55; 27:56; Mark 6:3; 15:40; 16:1; Luke 24:10; Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; 1 Cor 15:7; Gal 1:19; 2:9, 12; James 1:1; Jude 1:1.

Marking verses is an easy way to sift through your search results to get the exact set of verses you're looking for. All it takes is an option-click.