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Oct 24, 2012 David Lang

Marking Verses in Accordance 10

The other day I did a search for the Hebrew word meaning "cast image" (מסכה). As I began looking through the results, I saw that some of these references had to do with the cast metal idols of pagan deities, while others referred to the cast images of animals, such as the golden calf. I decided to incorporate this observation into a writing project like this:

The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (list of verses).

As you can see, I wanted to flesh out this simple sentence with two lists of verse references, so I needed an easy way to separate the results of this one search into two separate lists of verses.

The first thing I did was to go through the verses found by my search and "mark" those verses which mentioned the cast image of an animal. You can mark a verse by right-clicking it and choosing Mark Selection, or you can simply click in a verse and then use the keyboard shortcut Command-7. This will place a blue bookmark to the right of the selected verse. I used the keyboard shortcut method to quickly mark the verses referring to animals.


Note: Prior to Accordance 10, you could mark a verse simply by holding the option key while clicking the verse. In Accordance 10, this shortcut was replaced by the ability to option-click a word to open the Instant Details popover. If you're used to marking verses by option-clicking, you'll have a minor adjustment to make in Accordance 10.

Now that I had marked all the verses dealing with cast images of animals, I needed a way to collect those verses into a single list. To do this, I went to the Add Marked Verses submenu of the Selection menu and chose New Reference List.


This opened a new Reference List tab containing only the verses I had marked.


At that point, I simply selected all the verses in the Reference List tab and chose Reference from the Copy As submenu of the Edit window. I then pasted that list of references into the sentence I had written:

The Bible refers to cast images of deities (list of verses) and of animals (Ex 32:4, 8; Deut 9:12, 16; 2 Kings 17:16; Neh 9:18; Psa 106:19; Hos 13:2).

Now that I had a list of all the verses referring to cast images of animals, I simply needed a list of all the other verses—the ones I had not marked. I'll show you how to isolate those verses in my next post.


May 22, 2012 David Lang

Option Key Secrets: Marking Verses

How often do you hold down the option key when using Accordance? Holding down this simple modifier key can open up a host of powerful features you may not have known were available. Yesterday we showed how you can option-click the close icon of any pane, tab, or zone to close all the other panes, tabs, or zones. Today I want to show how you can option-click any verse to "bookmark" it.

Let's say I want to put together a list of every verse that mentions James the brother of Jesus. I can do a search for the word "James," but that also turns up references to James the son of Alphaeus and James the son of Zebedee. I need an easy way to sift through the results and isolate the verses I'm after. The simplest way to do this is to option-click each verse which speaks of James the brother of Jesus. Doing so will put a blue bookmark icon in the right margin of the text pane.


Once I've bookmarked the verses I'm interested in, it's easy to place all those verses in a separate Reference List that I can save and use in a variety of ways. Simply choose New Reference List Tab from the Add Marked Verses To submenu of the Selection menu. A new Reference List tab will open containing only those verses I marked.


Now for the pièce de resistance. If I want to copy that list of verses into a word processing document, I need only select all the verses in the Reference List window and choose Reference from the Copy As submenu of the Edit menu. Accordance will then copy a nicely formatted string of references to the clipboard. Like this: Matt 13:55; 27:56; Mark 6:3; 15:40; 16:1; Luke 24:10; Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; 1 Cor 15:7; Gal 1:19; 2:9, 12; James 1:1; Jude 1:1.

Marking verses is an easy way to sift through your search results to get the exact set of verses you're looking for. All it takes is an option-click.