Tip 3.3 Using Word Lists as Search Tools
Word lists can be used as powerful search tools in BibleWorks 8. In this Classroom Tip we will use the new Command List Word List search feature to search on a word list to find all the participial forms of words occurring 50 times and more in the New Testament.
Begin by creating a list of words used 50 or more times in the New Testament. For this lists use the BNM as your search version. Create your word list following the instructions provided in the first part of Classroom Tip 1.7 Highlight Words Used 50 or More Times. When you create your word list, uncheck the box to keep morph codes and uncheck the box to keep Greek accents. Be sure when you name your word list that you do not include any spaces in the file name. Word list file names that contain spaces cannot be used as search tools on the Command Line.
Change your Command Line search version to BNM. Place your cursor on the Command Line, and click your right mouse button to open the context menu. Select Insert Word List File Name. Choose your saved word list. The name of the word list will appear within angle brackets on the Command line, like so:
Our goal is to find the participial forms of words that appear 50 or more times in the New Testament. Since our word list includes all words that appear 50 and more times in the New Testament, we need to add some morphological codes to the word list to restrict the search to only find participles. Add the @ sign, followed by the codes for participle "vp". Be sure to add the asterisk at the end of the code. The completed search is:
When run, the search returns all the words in the word list that appear in the text as participles. You can use the results of this search to quiz your Greek students on words that they know, but for forms they are still learning.
The Word List Search feature on the Command Line is a powerful new search tool in BibleWorks 8. When used in conjunction with other BibleWorks tools like the Word List Manager, it opens a number of new search possibilities.