No matter whether you’re looking for more detail about biblical people and places, background on significant historical events, or insight into a theological topic, the Factbook will get you started. The Factbook is one of the most powerful features of Verbum, and it makes almost any biblical or theological term easily searchable.
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Open the Factbook
Use the Tools Menu
- Click Tools and select Factbook.
- Enter the name of a person, place, thing, event, or topic into the search field and press Enter.
Use the Context Menu
- Right-click the word you want to look up.
- Words with existing Factbook entries display a label in the left-hand column. Click the label to expand options in the right-hand column. Click Factbook to open the entry for your chosen word.
Note: Metaphors do not always have Factbook entries. In this case, find a concrete use of the word. For example, “treasure” in 2 Cor. 4:7 does not link to a Factbook entry, but “treasure” in Matt. 13:44 does.
Use Visual Filters
- Click the Factbook visual filter icon to toggle Factbook linking within your resource on or off.
- Additionally, when you click the Visual Filters icon , you can check the boxes labeled Addressee and Speaker labels. With these selected, you can quickly access the Factbook entries corresponding to these labels. (Learn more about Visual Filters.)
- Click the icon to the left of the word in your text to open the Factbook entry.
In Luke 4:18, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” The Visual Filter displays addressee and speaker labels. Click one to open the Factbook to that entry.
The information returned by the Factbook depends on what you’re searching for. In other words, not every search in the Factbook will yield hits in every one of these sections. Verbum only displays those sections containing hits for the search term. Because of this, the selection listed here is representative rather than exhaustive.
Except for the Info section, each of the sections listed below is expandable by clicking the arrow next to the title.
- Info: The first section of the Factbook provides some basic facts about the entry.
- Key Article: This section provides an extract from a high-level source (such as the Lexham Bible Dictionary) in your library.
- Media: Find links to relevant images, or Atlas links for places.
- Letters: This section provides links to and excerpts from Personal Letter resources for the given author.
- Works: A list of resources created by the author with links to the work in your Library or to the Verbum store if you don’t already own it.
- Passages: A list of passages related to the event, theme, or topic. The first few will be listed in full, and others will have verse reference links. Also includes links to Save as a Passage List or to Open all passages in your preferred Bible.
- Events: Links to Timeline events for the entity, including links to the Biblical Event Navigator (if owned).
- Dictionaries: Links to relevant articles in dictionaries in your Library that have been topically-aligned.
- Senses: Lists all of the alternate meanings of Greek or Hebrew lemmas and where they occur. Links to the Bible Sense Lexicon.
- Preaching Resources: A list of hits for the theme or topic in the Preaching Theme-tagged resources in your Library.
- Referred To As: Bible verses, grouped by how the entity is mentioned, with the number of hits and a Sparkline graph of locations in the Bible.
- Lemmas: List of the original language words by which the entity is mentioned in Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic as relevant.
- Cultural Concepts: A link to the concept’s article in the Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary, a hierarchy of the concept’s type, and search results for the concept within your Library.
- Semantic roles: Lists the ways a person appears in the text (e.g. Agent, Experiencer, Stimulus, etc.). Learn more about Semantic roles in Verbum.
- Library Results: A search on your Library resources for the entity.
- Journals: Links to relevant journal articles within your Library.
- Sermons: Links to relevant sermons within your Library.
Note: A Factbook entry may have sermon links but not links to other Preaching Resources.
- Community Tags: Places within resources where other users have tagged a section of text as referring to the entity.
- Bookstore: Links to the Verbum bookstore to purchase relevant titles.
- See Also: Links to other tools or locations within Verbum for further information on the entity.
Bible Book Guides
Searching the Factbook for a book of the Bible returns the Bible Book Guide section, which provides several unique sections within it.
- Content: Links to your resources providing overviews, outlines, and contents.
- Origin: Links to your resources providing information on the book’s authorship, date of writing, and purpose.
- Background: Links to your resources providing historical context, information about the book’s recipients if relevant, and the location of its writing.
- Objects: Links to resources providing information related to the Geography, Date and Place of writing, Key Figures, etc.
- Canon: Links to your resources discussing the canonical status and placement of the book.
- Form: Links to your resources detailing the book’s composition, text, title, style, and structure.
- Meaning: Links to your resources discussing the book’s themes, emphases, interpretation, theology, significance, and spiritual content.
- Additional Information: Here, you'll find links to Bible dictionaries and commentaries providing additional information about the biblical book.