The Bible Word Study Guide provides detailed information about a specific word and its usage. It supports English words as well as biblical Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.
Tip: Link your Greek New Testament to a Bible Word Study Guide using Link Sets so any time you click a word in the Bible, Verbum will open the Guide to that word.
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Accessing the Bible Word Study Guide
There are three main ways to start a Bible Word Study Guide: from the Guides menu, from the Context Menu, or from the Selection Menu.
Bible Word Study from the Guides Menu
To generate a Bible Word Study Guide from the Guides menu:
Click Guides > Bible Word Study.
Note: By default, the Bible Word Study Guide is pinned to the top of the Guides menu. It can also be accessed in the Guides section of the Guides menu.
To specify the word you are interested in:
- Enter the word in the Word box (using either a Greek keyboard or transliteration).
Choose from the list of presented options.
Bible Word Study from the Context Menu
To generate a Bible Word Study Guide from a text:
- Right-click the word.
- Ensure the lemma is selected in the left side of the Context Menu.
- Click Bible Word Study on the right.
Note: You can generate Bible Word Study reports from any morphologically-tagged original-language text, or from an English translation that includes a reverse-interlinear.
Bible Word Study from the Selection Menu
Another way to access a Bible Word Study Guide from a passage you're studying is with the Selection Menu. All you need to do is drag across a word to select it, then click Study from the menu that pops up.
Using the Bible Word Study Guide
A standard Bible Word Study Guide has a number of sections. Click the All Passages link if you want to restrict the guide to a particular passage or range of verses.
Scroll down the Bible Word Study Guide sections until you find ones that are relevant to your study. These might include:
This section provides one-click access to lexicons or encyclopedias in your Library that have articles on the word you are studying. Click one of these links to open the resource to the relevant article.
Click more >> to see more dictionaries and click the Morphology Charts link (if present) to the different forms this word takes in the Greek New Testament.
This section displays a translation ring showing the different ways the Greek word you are studying is translated in the version you are using.
Hover over the top-right of the panel to display the Settings option which allows you to change the Bible being used in translation.
Click a segment of the ring to show where a specific English word translates the Greek word.
Hover over a segment to see all of the Greek words that are translated by the specific English word.
This section functions in the same way as the Translation section. but for the Septuagint. You can see which Hebrew words are translated by the Greek term instead.
This section shows the root word from which the lemma you’re studying is derived, along with all other lemmas descending from the same root. The lemma you’ve searched is indicated with an orange dot. The sparkline charts on the right show the total number of occurrences of the root and the individual lemmas. Hover over one to show a breakdown by biblical book.
Click one of the different lemmas in this section to open up a new Bible Word Study Guide focused on that word.
This section shows the different senses, or meanings, taken by the word being studied and operates in a similar way to the Translation ring above.
Hover over a Sense to see a definition and click it to the open the Bible Sense Lexicon to that Sense.
This section shows the different entities associated with the word being studied. You can switch between grammatical and semantic roles using the toggle at the top right. In grammatical mode, it shows information such as Subjects and Objects (when analyzing verbs).
Click a participant to see where it appears with the particular verb.
In semantic mode, it shows similar information grouped according to semantic roles such as Agent and Patient. Hover over a semantic role to open a tooltip with a definition of that role.
This section allows you to find combinations of semantic roles in which your word appears. The interface functions in a similar way to the Translation Ring. Click one of the groupings to expand it.
Lemma in Passage
This section shows where the word you’re studying is discussed in commentaries in your Library.
You can sort Lemma in Passage results by clicking Passage (sorts by biblical passage) or Resource (sorts by resource).
There are two sections within Lemma in Passage. The first, Lemmas in Passage, displays a list of commentaries that discuss the lemma in the context of a specific biblical passage. The second section, Other Lemmas, displays a list of commentaries that discuss the lemma you’re studying, outside of a specific biblical context.
Scroll down to the biblical book you are interested in and expand the entry. Then expand the resource you want to study.
This section shows where the word you’re studying appears in original language sources. Click one of the entries to run a Morphological Search in that resource.
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