One of the most tangible benefits of a digital library is the ability to quickly search and find whatever you need. With Verbum, you can quickly search any resource or your entire library using several search resources.
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Note: In addition to the Bible Browser and the four search methods listed, many of your Verbum tools help you locate items in your resources. For instance, Guides surface relevant resources.
The easiest way to conduct precise searches in the Bible is with the Bible Browser, which lets you find verses that match any combination of filters.
- Open the Bible Browser.
Expand the Tools menu, scroll down to the Reference section, and select Bible Browser.
- Add any combination of filters.
Select your Bible version in the top left and begin adding filters from the left-hand panel. You can search for filters as well. Any selected filters show across the top bar above your results. Click the corresponding X to remove a filter.
Note: Learn more about using the Bible Browser in Verbum.
Search Methods in Verbum
In Verbum, there are four primary search methods:
- Selection Menu: Select any word or phrase the click Search.
- Inline Search: Open an inline search while in any resource to examine its contents.
- Context Menu: Right-click any word or phrase to examine your tools and search options.
- Search Tool: Open the full search tool to conduct basic and advanced searches on any resource or on your entire library.
As a general rule, each method provides increasing complexity. Learn the basics of search in Verbum below.
1. Selection Menu
Select any word or phrase in any resource to view the selection menu. Click Search to run a search on your selection.
Note: If the Selection menu does not show, open the Program Settings (Tools > Utilities > Program Settings) and toggle Show Selection Menu to Yes.
Depending on your resource and selection, searching from the selection menu will perform different default actions.
- Searching a single word in any Bible runs a Morph search on the original language lemma.
- Searching a selection of multiple words in any Bible runs a Bible search.
- In a non-biblical resource, any search from the selection menu runs a Basic search for the selected text.
2. Inline Search
To open Inline Search, click the search icon in the toolbar of your active resource.
Inline search provides several customization options.
- Depending on the active resource, choose between Basic, Bible, or Morph search from the Search Type menu on the left.
- Set the parameters of your search. Choose to search all text, specific search fields, or highlighters. If your resource is based on the Bible text, you can further narrow your search results by Bible passage.
- On the right, choose to display your results by Sentence, Paragraph, or Article. Each option displays increasingly more context.
Enter a search in the Inline Search box. As you type, Verbum will provide a drop-down list of suggested queries. When you’ve finished entering your search, press Enter on your keyboard. The active resource displays your search results. Click the X or the back arrow to remove the search.
Note: Learn more about Inline Search.
3. Context Menu
Searching from the Context menu gives you access to powerful search results without requiring you to know the exact syntax. Right-click any word or selected phrase to open the Context menu.
The menu reads left to right. Choose an option on the left to reveal search options on the right (under the subheading “Search”).
Verbum divides the options on the left into categories. Each context label features an icon to distinguish it from the rest. The topmost section brings up commands for the selection and reference, but the second section features original language commands including:
- : tools to examine the form of the word presented in the Manuscript itself.
- : tools to dig into the Lemma of the selected word.
- : tools for language study on the Root of the selected word.
- : displays morphological information about the word and tools to dive in deeper.
- : quick access to the Strong’s and Louw-Nida data for the selected word.
- : tools to explore the word’s Sense.
Depending on your resource and selection, the search options will vary on the right.
Note: Learn more about using the Context menu.
4. Search Tool
To view and use all search tools available to you in Verbum, open the Search tool by clicking the search tool icon in the top left-hand corner of the application.
Note: You can control the behavior and appearance of your search by using the Search Panel menu. Learn more.
Depending on your Verbum package, as many as six search options display:
- Basic: search for a word or phrase in your entire Verbum Library, or in specific fields within specific tools or sets of resources.
- Bible: find words, phrases, and more within the Bibles in your Verbum library.
- Media: find useful media (slides, photos, diagrams, videos, collections and art, audio tracks, interactive media, web images, etc.) from your Verbum library as well as from the Verbum Media Service and the internet.
- Clause: search every sentence clause in the Bible for terms acting in specific grammatical or semantic roles (requires at least the Bronze base package).
- Morph: find specific morphological constructions in any morphologically-tagged resource in your Verbum library (requires at least the Bronze base package).
- Syntax: search the grammatical structure of the Hebrew Bible, Greek New Testament, or Septuagint (requires at least the Silver base package).
Did you know? You can graph your search results visually from any Bible or Morph search or from the Bible Word Study Guide. Learn more.
The best way to learn how to search with the Search tool is to use search templates. Click the Navigation Drawer icon to expand the search templates panel.
Select any template from the panel and enter search terms in the prompt. When you click Search, Verbum will provide the required syntax in the search panel for you. Once you understand the search syntax, you can build your own powerful searches.
Note: Learn more about using search templates to build a search.