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Ketiv Qere Hebrew Bible BHS Searching Hits Bracket Words

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#1 farcas

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 09:58 AM

So I'm having some trouble searching and making productive use of the the Bracketed Words search option. The three options currently are: (1) Included, (2) Ignored, and (3) Exclusive. The thing is, unless I'm missing something, this doesn't allow for the user to search the text for a phrase according to the Qere. For example, a well known correction my the Masoretes is in 2 Kgs 18:27 || Isa 36:12, where commander says (according to the Ketiv) "Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own dung (חראיהם) and drink their own urine (שיניהם)?" But the Qere euphemistically uses filth (צואתם) and water of the feet (מימי רגליהם). If I search for ולשתות את שיניהם I get the hit because it is in the Ketiv. But if I search for ולשתות את מימי רגליהם I don't get the hit because it is the Qere. I have tried all three options for the Bracketed Words and none of them seem to allow for searching a phrase according to the Qere. If this is a missing option, I think its an important one to address. When brackets are used in mss to indicate lacunae, that's one thing and this option works fine. But in the BHS text when it indicates variant readings, its important to have the option to search in either reading.

 

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:53 PM

if you add the FUZZY command to your search it will ignore the ktiv in these cases, and still find the phrase.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:25 PM

I see. Kind of a work around. It would be helpful to avoid the fuzzy search and just use the Bracket Words differently.

 

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