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Tip 3.5 Using the Context Tab

The Context Tab provides an overview of the vocabulary used in the book, chapter, and pericope you are studying.  This Classroom Tip shows how to use the Context Tab to gain useful information quickly.

Overview of the Context Tab

The Context Tab contains three windows.

The Pericope Window

The largest window is the Pericope window. It contains a list of all the words contained in the pericope in which the Browse Window display verse is contained. By default the words are listed according to their frequency of occurrence in the book or chapter. The pericope is defined by the Bible Outline tool that appears at the top of the Browse Window. By changing the Bible Outline file used, you can change the pericope divisions.

The Book and Chapter Windows

The windows on the right side of the Context Tab are the Book Context and Chapter Context windows. The Book Context window contains a list of all the words contained within the book. The Chapter Context window contains a list of all the words contained within the chapter. By default the words are listed according to their frequency of occurrence in the book or chapter.

Context Tab Context Menu Options

Click your right mouse button when the cursor is within the Context Tab to open the context menu for that window. This menu offers a number of useful options for displaying and copying text from the Context Tab. The context menu offers the following options:

  • Copy list to clipboard or to the BibleWorks Editor
  • Sort alphabetically or by frequency
  • Export the list to the Word List Manager
  • Set filter options to only display certain parts of speech. This only takes affect if you are using a Greek or Hebrew morphology version.

Using the Context Tab

The Benefit of Using the Context Tab

The information displayed in the Context Tab can also be gathered using the more powerful Word List Manager. What the Context Tab does provide is a very fast way to view this in formation. Because the information appears instantly in the Context Tab, you can make viewing this information a regular part of your study and add little time to your study process.

Setting Context Tab Options

  • You can limit the parts of speech that display in the Context Tab windows. By default the Context Tab windows display every word that appears in the verses. But within the Context/Word Tab Options window, it is possible to restrict the words that appear in the Context Tab to only selected parts of speech. The most important words in a given passage are usually the nouns and verbs. To limit the words displayed in Context Tab, select "Context/Word Tab Options" on the context menu, then uncheck every part of speech except Noun and Verb, and then click OK. Selecting these checkboxes only removes the words from the display that occur frequently but which usually have less-significant exegetical weight.

  • You can choose to display or to hide the morphological tags for the words shown in the Context Tab windows. This setting only applies to morphologically-tagged versions. When this option is checked, the frequency of occurrences applies to the lemma, not the specific form of the word.

Using the Context Tab Windows

Features Common to All the Context Tab Windows
  • The words displayed in each window are sorted according to frequency by default. This gives you a quick summary of the most-commonly used words, whether by book, chapter, or pericope. Seeing the most-commonly used vocabulary gives you an insight into the common characters and themes that appear in that section.
  • Clicking on a word in one of the Context Tab windows performs a search on that word. The search is limited according to the Context Tab from which you search. If you click on a word in the Book Context window, the search is limited to that book. If you click on a word in the Chapter Context window, the search is limited to the current chapter. If you click on a word in the Pericope Context window, the search is limited to the current pericope.
  • When you hide the morphology codes, clicking on a word searches for the lemma. When you show the morphology codes, clicking on a word searches for the specify form of the word. This only applies when a morphologically-tagged version is your search version.
  • You can copy the words from any of the Context Tab windows to the BibleWorks Editor or to the Clipboard using the context menu option.
  • You can copy list of words from the Context Tab to the Word List Manager from the context menu option. From the Word List Manager you can save the list, compare the list against other lists, and use the list in a search on the Command Line or in the Graphical Search Engine.
Using the Book Context Window

  • Look at the Book Context window verses to see the most common words in the book. The frequency of these words gives you insight into the common characters and themes appearing in the book.
  • If you wish to see how a common word is distributed throughout the book, click on the word. You may want to use the Stats Tab to view the search hits to better see the word's distribution throughout the book.
Using the Chapter Context Window

  • Look at the Chapter Context window verses to see the most common words in the chapter. The frequency of these words gives you insight into the common characters and themes appearing in the chapter.
  • By comparing the Chapter Context window contents against the Book Context window contents, you can gain insight as to which of the main themes in the book are developed in this chapter.
  • If you wish to see how a common word is distributed throughout the chapter, click on the word. You may want to use the Stats Tab to view the search hits to better see the word's distribution throughout the chapter.
Using the Pericope Context Window

  • Look at the Pericope Context window verses to see the most common words in the pericope. The frequency of these words gives you insight into the common characters and themes appearing in the pericope.
  • By comparing the Pericope Context window contents against the Chapter Context window contents and the Book Context window contents, you can gain insight as to which of the main themes in the book and chapter are developed in this pericope.
  • If you wish to see how a common word is distributed throughout the pericope, click on the word. You may want to use the Stats Tab to view the search hits to better see the word's distribution throughout the pericope.

Conclusion

The Context Tab enables you to get an overview of the words used in the book, chapter, and pericope in which you are studying. This information is very fast to obtain, so it does not add much time to your study process.

By using the tools in the Context Tab, you can find the major terms in your pericope, and see more quickly how these major terms are dispersed throughout the book, chapter, and pericope. The Context Tab supplements verse-by-verse study through a passage by helping you to see how one section relates to another through shared vocabulary and themes. It is too easy to miss connections between parts of a book when doing verse-by-verse study. But by regularly using the Context Tab, you will be less likely to miss these important connections.

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