First off let me say I'm not sure if this is a bug or a functionality I don't understand.

I use Accordance 8.4.6 on a MBP 10.6.3.

I am new to Accordance so I've been working through the pod casts. In 3.2 Dr J talks about searching using "6" in the ESVS.

I tried using 2, which gives this as it's first hit:

Ex. 27:1 ¶ “You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits.

I cannot find the number 2 in here anywhere. So, I thought I'd try other versions, all gave Ex. 27:1 as the first hit. Of the versions I have NLT-SE shows 1/2 and HCSB shows 1 2, while the CJB shows half. Other hits down the list are similar.

I'm curious how the number 2 will result in Ex 27:1 in ESVS when it doesn't have a 2 or two or half in it.

FYI, in ESVS 4, 6-8 also come up with strange results. Is Accordance converting things like cubits into feet and shekels into pounds and giving results accordingly?

I know it's an odd question, but that's par for the course for me

-Jason

# Searching with numbers

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, Apr 20 2010 05:05 AM

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:05 AM

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:41 AM

I am not sure what the podcast suggests. I think you need to look at how the different versions handle numbers, but first check your search text. I think you are searching the HCSB (look at the top left pull-down menu).

Most versions write out all their numbers. The ESV does use numerals for large numbers like 70, but it will not let me search for 2 or 6. The HCSB is the only version I looked at which converts the measurements to numerals and fractions:

Ex. 27.1 ¶ "You are to construct the altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, 71⁄2 feet long, and 71⁄2 feet wide; it must be 41⁄2 feet high.

Now your search for 2 is finding the 2 in the half. I am not sure how Accordance is succeeding in displaying the fractions, but it does not let me search them accurately. I think it is superscripting the upper fraction which takes it out of the text for search purposes, but makes it look really pretty. It's a compromise which must have been made for this one translation.

Most versions write out all their numbers. The ESV does use numerals for large numbers like 70, but it will not let me search for 2 or 6. The HCSB is the only version I looked at which converts the measurements to numerals and fractions:

Ex. 27.1 ¶ "You are to construct the altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, 71⁄2 feet long, and 71⁄2 feet wide; it must be 41⁄2 feet high.

Now your search for 2 is finding the 2 in the half. I am not sure how Accordance is succeeding in displaying the fractions, but it does not let me search them accurately. I think it is superscripting the upper fraction which takes it out of the text for search purposes, but makes it look really pretty. It's a compromise which must have been made for this one translation.

*Helen Brown*

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:18 AM

Ok, I get it now. I was changing the version in the results window, not the search window. That explains a lot of things.

Thanks for the help.

Thanks for the help.

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