Parallel Resource Sets

With Parallel resource sets, Verbum organizes your resources according to their type, such as Bibles, dictionaries, commentaries, etc. This allows you to quickly access resources in your library with a few keystrokes and read your passage or entry in each one of them. It is like having a research assistant open all of your Bibles to the same passage or all of your dictionaries to the same word. Continue reading to learn how to navigate the Parallel resource sets and how to create your own sets.

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1. View Parallel Resources

Click the Parallel resource sets icon  to view a list of resources that are the same type as your open resource. If you don’t see the Parallel resource sets icon at the top of the panel, your library does not contain resources that are parallel to your open resource.

For example:

If you have a Bible open to John 15:4, clicking the Parallel resource sets icon  displays all your Bible versions that contain John 15:4. If you have a dictionary open to the entry for Pentecost, clicking the Parallel resource sets icon displays a list of all your dictionaries that contain an entry for Pentecost.

Note: The number of resources displayed varies because not every resource type contains an entry that matches the entry in your original open resource.


2. Open a Parallel Resource

Clicking a title in the drop down list navigates directly to the same entry in the selected resource.

You can also open the passage or entry in a parallel resource by clicking the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard or in the resource panel to cycle through the parallel resources.

For example:

If you are reading an entry for Pentecost in a dictionary, you can read entries in other dictionaries by clicking the left or right arrow keys or you can click the Parallel resource sets icon to see the complete list of resources that contain an entry for Pentecost and navigate directly to your choice by clicking the title.

Note: Sections of some resources, such as a commentary introduction, are not indexed for use with this feature. In these sections, the Parallel resource sets icon is not available.


Create Parallel Resource Sets

By default, the Parallel resource sets contain all the resources of that type. This means that when you have a Bible open, all your Bibles are part of the Parallel resource sets. However, you can create a set that contains your most-used translations.

Note: While the default Parallel resource sets are defined by type, you can also create a set that includes different types of resources (e.g. Bibles and commentaries).


1. Open the Collections Tool.

Click Tools and enter collections in the search bar. Select Collections.


2. Define your collection.

Give your collection a distinct name (e.g. Replace Unnamed Collection with Top Bibles). In the Rule, enter type:[Resource type] (no spaces). Drag and drop resources to the pane labeled + Plus these resources. After selecting the resources you want to include, delete the text from the Rule bar. You can also drag and drop titles from an open Library panel.


3. Select your collection as a Parallel Resource set.

Check the box labelled Show in parallel resources. Open a resource that is the same type as your collection. Click the Parallel resource sets icon  and select your created collection.


4. Navigate your custom Parallel resource set.

With your collection selected as the Parallel resource set, navigate between your chosen resources using the left and right arrows.

For example: Use the arrow keys to read John 15:4 in each of your Top Bibles.

Learn more about Collections in Verbum.

Open the Collections tool in Verbum


Edit Parallel Resource Sets

To edit a Parallel resource set:

  1. Click the Parallel resource sets icon .
  2. Right-click the resource set you want to edit and select Edit [collection name]. This opens the set in the Collections tool.

  3. Add or remove resources from your set. Changes made to the collection are automatically saved and updated in the Parallel resource set.


To remove a Parallel resource set:

  1. Click the Parallel resource sets icon .
  2. Right-click the set you want to remove and select Remove collection from list.

    Note: This removes the collection from the Parallel resource sets but does not delete it. To delete the entire collection, open the Collections tool. Select Open and right-click the collection you want to delete and select Delete.

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