Apr 9, 2009 David Lang

Searching for Maundy Thursday

The first time I heard the term "Maundy Thursday," I wondered how the same day could be both a Monday and a Thursday. Back then, I didn't have Accordance, so I had to rely on the explanation of a friend. Unfortunately, while she was able to explain that Maundy Thurdsay commemorates the original observance of the Lord's Supper, she had no idea where the term "Maundy" came from.

These days when I run across a religious observance I've never heard of, I'll just fire up Accordance and do a Search All for it. A search of all my tools for Maundy Thursday delivered the following results.


I then began looking at those tools which actually had an Entry on Maundy Thursday. Eerdmann's Bible Dictionary and Zondervan's New International Dictionary of the Christian Church (NIDCC) both had very helpful explanations.

Exploring further, I found interesting mentions of Maundy Thursday in some of my commentaries. For example, Expositor's Bible Commentary (EBC) notes a possible allusion to David's flight from Absalom in the Gospel accounts of Maundy Thursday.

For topical kinds of questions like this, the Search All window provides an easy path to discovery.

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M. Richard Miller

April 09, 2009 11:22 AM

I don't know how you did this. Every search approach that I have tried insists that maundy is not a word and I get no further. How about some details on setting up the search?

David Lang

April 09, 2009 11:55 AM

To do this, you need to open a new Search All window. You can do that from the File menu, or you can simply use the keyboard shortcut command-F. In that window, the language pop-up should be set to English, and in this case, I set the group pop-up to [All tools]. Enter Maundy Thursday and hit return, and Accordance will search every tool module for that phrase and list the results for each search field (Entry, Contents, etc.) of every tool. Then just click on the name of the tool you want to examine to open it.

It sounds like you were trying to search for Maundy Thursday in a regular Search window, which will only search the currently selected Bible text. Since the word "maundy" does not appear in the Bible, Accordance tells you that the word is not found.

Hope that helps.