Oct 26, 2012 Darin Allen

Greek and Hebrew Word Studies

Accordance is great for those who want to do Bible word studies in Greek and Hebrew. One of the fastest ways to learn more about a word is simply to triple-click on it. This will open your default lexicon to an entry on that word. It’s fast and easy! If you’d like a different lexicon to come up when you triple-click on a word, you can change this in the Library. Just follow these simple steps:

1) Open the Library from the toolbar.

Open Library

2) Click on the Greek Tools disclosure triangle to see these resources.

Greek Tools

3) Click and drag your preferred Greek Tool to the top of that list.


4) Repeat steps 1-3 for Hebrew Tools.

In the above screenshots, I have set BDAG as my default triple-click resource. Now, any time I triple-click on a Greek word, BDAG will look up the word in a new zone. Pretty handy.

But what if you want to look up a word in more than one lexicon at the same time? Is there a way to triple-click on a word and look up definitions in several lexicons automatically? A number of Accordance users have asked me about this recently, so I’ve put together a brief video tutorial below that shows you how to set up a custom workspace for just this purpose. Happy word studying!

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Archived Comments

Russell Kaufman

October 26, 2012 2:47 PM

Excellent tutorial!  Very helpful.

Darin Allen

October 26, 2012 2:49 PM

Glad to hear it, Russell.

Mark Nigro

October 26, 2012 3:00 PM
In all the time I have been using Accordance, it never occurred to me that I could link multiple resource tools to each other like that. Brilliant tip!


October 26, 2012 4:23 PM

That works beautifully, except for one thing.  When I try to arrange the lesicons so tht all are visible, I always get the message, "There is not enough space to move this item into the work zone or space."  I am using the entire computer screen. 


October 26, 2012 4:25 PM

Duuuuh, make that lexicons.

Darin Allen

October 26, 2012 4:48 PM

Hi Jane, this is somewhat dependent on screen space. Larger screens may be able to accommodate a few lexicons side by side, as you see in the video. Smaller screens may require lexicons to be kept in tabs. Either way, the LINK functionality will still work even if all are not visible side by side. For reference, I recorded the video on a 17" MacBook Pro. I also often use a 27" Cinema Display, which allows a great amount of flexibility when setting up Accordance workspaces.


October 26, 2012 6:10 PM
Hi, David, Many thanks. I'm using my 13 inch MacBook Air, which is perhaps the reason.

Fr. Rich

October 28, 2012 12:56 PM

I have the same problem as Jane but on a 15" screen. The thing is, I can clearly see that there is more than enough space to add another column.

Darin Allen

October 28, 2012 1:43 PM

Hmmm, I'm not sure what the exact space requirements are, but you may also want to raise the maximum number of zones. You can do this in Preferences >Appearance > Tabs and Zones > Default maximum zones. If it still won't allow the extra zones, then Accordance may require more screen space.

Bud Lengtat

October 31, 2012 10:02 PM

Could you help me implement this? When I triple click an English word in a text the Mounce Greek Dictionary is my default. I tried opening other resources and linking to it but when I triple click a word in the text, they just sit there at there title pages. 

Bud Lengtat

October 31, 2012 10:12 PM

"their" not "there" in my post above.

For those with smaller screens, try dragging one of them below the other instead of beside it.

Bud Lengtat

October 31, 2012 11:11 PM

I think I figured it out. It did indeed work when I triple-clicked a Greek word, but when I triple-click an English word the Mounce dictionary comes up with the GK number without the G, whereas the NIDNTT-A uses a G in front of the number. So this whole linking tip only works with tools that have Greek entries and only when I triple-click in the Greek text. OK.