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#1 justinj

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:48 AM

Hi,

I'm trying to search for four Hebrew words in order such that the last letter of each word spells mashiach (משיח). A different search program I've used shows that the only phrase that matches this criteria is Psalm 72:5, with the phrase

‏עם שמש ולפני ירח

However when I search with Accordance using the following search

‏מ *ש *י *ח*

it returns only Jeremiah 48:46, based on the phrase

‏עם כמוש כי לקחו

This isn't what I want though, since it matches the ח instead of the ו in the word לקחו. I tried changing my search to

‏מ =*ש =*י =*ח*=

to make sure it is an exact match, and not based on the shoresh, but now it doesn't find anything.

Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks much.
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#2 Helen Brown

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:15 PM

Simply use quotes around the expression to specify that you are searching for the inflected form (as it appears in the text).
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:50 PM

Simply use quotes around the expression to specify that you are searching for the inflected form (as it appears in the text).


I tried the search with double quotes around it and it still didn't find anything. Are you getting different results?

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:40 PM

Sorry you need to add a construct which allows for single letter words (prefixes) between the words. I can explain more later.
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 06:54 PM

This proved quite complex and took some refining. This construct allows up to 2 single letter words such as prefixes but not suffixes between each word. It took a while and found only your verse.

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However, it does not allow for the fact that the yod could be a suffix. I therefore also tried this construct:

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but it did not find anything.

You could use a single within encompassing the entire phrase.
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