Nov 5, 2008 David Lang

New in 8.1: Looking Up Both a Word and a Verse

Picture this scenario. You're looking at Matthew 6:10 in the tagged Greek New Testament (GNT-T), and you triple-click the Greek word translated "done" in the phrase "Your will be done." This opens your default Greek lexicon to the entry on ginomai, a word with an extremely broad semantic range. The article for this word in BDAG is no less than four pages long. Who wants to wade through such a lengthy article in order to find the discussion of how this word is used in Matthew 6:10? Is there a way to zero in on that particular meaning using Accordance?

Sure there is, but until now, it has required some extra effort on your part. To find the mention of Matthew 6:10 in the article on ginomai, you would need to open the More options section of the window containing BDAG, specify that you want to search an additional field, set that field to Scripture, enter Matthew 6:10, and click OK. This would highlight both the Greek word ginomai in the article title, as well as any references to Matthew 6:10 within the body of the article. If the reference to Matthew 6:10 was further down in the article, you would simply click the down Mark button to jump to it.

That's not a lot of extra effort, but if you always want to look up the particular occurrence of a word in a Greek or Hebrew lexicon, there was really no easy way to do it . . . until now.

In Accordance 8.1, we've added an option to the General Preferences to "include reference when amplifying from text to tool." Check this option, and your amplifying instantly becomes more powerful. Now, when you triple-click that word in Matthew 6:10, Accordance will automatically set up the multi-field search described above. In other words, it will open up your default Greek or Hebrew lexicon, search the entry field for the word you triple-clicked, and search the Scripture field for the relevant verse. The most you'll ever have to do to jump to the relevant part of the article will be to click the down Mark button.

If the verse you triple-clicked is not found in the dictionary article, you'll simply be taken to the article on the word you selected. You can also override the secondary search for the verse by holding down the shift key when you amplify.

This little feature will go a long way toward helping you zero in on the meaning of a word in a given context.

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Archived Comments


December 08, 2008 10:33 AM
This is brilliant. So simple, but I end up typing in verse references to BDAG a lot. Just what I've come to expect from Accordance.


December 08, 2008 10:34 AM
The changes in 8.1 are freaking great and clever. Checking for updates, how to edit user notes and having the word and verse being the default search- love it. Thanks so much for a great product.


December 08, 2008 10:34 AM
The override with the shift key brings up a navigation window which asks "Where is the file for the Archaeology Text?" Is this just a problem with my system?


December 08, 2008 10:37 AM
What a great help! This just made BDAG that much better (as well as NIDNTT too...) Heck, this made Accordance a lot better! Way to go!


December 08, 2008 10:38 AM
I don't know what to say. This is such a good feature. Well done. 8.1 is a great piece of work.


December 08, 2008 10:42 AM
gold - just pure gold. Well done! Now I wonder if it works when looking up a word in Wallace....

Helen Brown

December 08, 2008 10:42 AM
Andy: No, this is not normal. Please contact us directly if you cannot figure out why this is happening.


December 08, 2008 10:43 AM
I've had the same problem as Andy when attempting to override by holding down the shift key while triple-clicking on a word. I suspect this is a bug? Here's a forum post I've created on the topic: