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Tuesday, August 08, 2006  

Don't forget to Amplify!

A user recently sent me the following question:

I have both NIDNTT and Pillar NTC. In the Eph. commentary O'Brien refers to NIDNTT.

footnote #19 under chapter 4;
"19. On 'meekness' in the Old Testament and the Qumran community, see F. Hauck and S. Schulz, TDNT 6:645-51; and W. Bauder, NIDNTT 2:256-59." (emphasis mine)

Is there a way I can link to my NIDNTT? O'Brien gives volume and page number, is there a way to look it up?

Now that's an excellent question, and I thought others of you might benefit from the answer.

If NIDNTT included page numbers, as some Accordance tools do, this user could open NIDNTT, switch the search field to Page Numbers, and then enter the page number cited. Unfortunately, NIDNTT does not include the printed page numbers, so there is no way to look up the exact page. But note how the footnote also explains that the pages cited discuss the subject of "meekness." By looking up the term "meekness" in NIDNTT, we stand a good chance of finding the article cited.

Now, we could open up NIDNTT, select the English entry field, type the word "meekness," then click OK; but who has time for all that? The still more excellent way to look up this information is to amplify to NIDNTT.

Amplifying is the term we use to describe the process of automatically looking up any information you select. If we simply select the word "meekness" in the Pillar New Testament commentary and drag the mouse over the Resource palette, the cursor changes from a regular pointer to a magnifying glass. This indicates that whatever resource we choose will automatically be searched for the selected information. If we choose NIDNTT from the Greek Tools drop-down menu, a new window or tab will open displaying NIDNTT's article on "Meekness." A quick glance at the article found shows that it does indeed discuss the concept of "meekness" in the "Old Testament and the Qumran community", and that it is, in fact, written by W. Bauder.

Amplifying like this from one resource to another is the key to becoming an Accordance power user. It's a seamless way to get the information you need quickly and then get back to the word or passage that you were studying. So if you're wanting more information about something you run across in Accordance, don't forget to select it and look it up in your other Accordance resources. In a word, don't forget to amplify!

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