In the previous article, you learned how to highlight and take notes on the biblical text. As part of that process, you’ve likely identified words that you’d like to dig into a little further to gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.
In this article, you’ll learn about a helpful tool to identify repeated words in the original language (even if you don’t know any Greek or Hebrew), how to use the Bible Study Guide (Verbum’ primary tool for word study), as well as one way you can use Verbum to guide you through studying a word.
Highlight Repeated Words
If you’re familiar at all with Bible study, you know that repetition is a key signal for what is important in a biblical passage or book. Repeated words can hammer home a point, reinforce the structure of a text, and more. With Verbum, you can identify repeated words with a click (literally) by using the Corresponding Words Visual Filter. With this visual filter active, anytime you click a word, Verbum will highlight other occurrences of that word in your resource. And it can do this not only for English words but the underlying Greek or Hebrew words as well. Here’s how to use it:
- Open your Bible to a passage you want to study.
- Activate the Corresponding Words Visual Filter by clicking the Visual Filters icon .
- Ensure that the box beside Resource is checked and that the Resource section is expanded.
- Check the box beside Corresponding Words.
You can customize this visual filter. For example, check the box beside Same lemma to have Verbum highlight every time the original language word appears in the passage. Checking Same root will highlight every time words from the same root (like “righteous,” “righteousness”) appear.
Bible Word Study Guide
The Bible Word Study Guide searches all of the resources in your library to find information about a word. To launch the Bible Word Study Guide, highlight a word and click Study in the selection menu.
You can also right-click a word, ensure the Lemma (indicated by the icon) is selected in the left pane, then click Bible Word Study in the right pane.
The Bible Word study guide is made up of individual sections. These sections focus on a specific aspect of the word you’re studying, or a specific category of resources that have bearing on your word. Several key sections are described below:
This section displays basic dictionary information about a word. Click the title of a lexicon to open it to the entry for your word.
This section displays a translation ring showing the different ways the Greek word you’re studying is translated by the version you’re using. Click a section of the ring to see a list of all of the passages where that translation occurs.
The senses section displays a ring showing all of the different senses your selected word can communicate in different contexts. Click a sense to see all of the verses where it carries that sense.
Lemma in Passage
The Lemma in Passage guide section searches through your commentaries for their references to your word.
There are many more sections in the Bible Word Study Guide. Learn more about using the Bible Word Study Guide.
Word Study Workflows
In Verbum, workflows walk you through devotional reading or study. There are several word study-related workflows, such as the Word Study (Original Language) Workflow and the English Word Study Workflow. The availability of different workflows depends on your Verbum library.
To start a workflow, open the Guides menu. Scroll down to the Workflows section and select a workflow, then follow the prompts to get started.
Workflows guide you step by step through a process, and allow you to record your insights (These are stored as notes anchored to both your word and your workflow, in a notebook titled after your workflow.)
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