Tip 4.2 Using the Resource Summary Tab
The Resource Summary Tab is a great way to access your lexicons, grammars, and other resources. The Resource Summary Tab provides rapid access to some of you most frequently used resources. In this Classroom Tip we will look at some ways to use the Resource Summary Tab, as well as ways to optimize the Resource Summary Tab for the way you study.
The Resource Summary Tab as a Scripture Index
The Resource Summary Tab provides a very rapid Scripture index for your resources. When you change the Browse Window verse, the Resource Summary Tab updates. Each of your lexicons, grammars, and other resources that contain the Browse Window verse are listed in the Resource Summary Tab. Click on the reference in the Resource Summary Tab and the resource opens to that reference. This feature saves a lot of time when studying a particular verse.
The Resource Summary Tab as a Greek and Hebrew Word Index
When you place your cursor on a Greek or Hebrew word in the Browse Window, the lexicons in the Resource Summary Tab display the Greek or Hebrew word and beginning portion of the lexical entry for that word. Clicking on this Greek or Hebrew word opens the lexicon to that entry. This display feature enables you to scan your lexicons to see which lexicons discuss a particular word, and gives you quick access to open your selected lexicon.
The Resource Summary Tab as a Part of Speech Index
When you place your cursor on a Greek or Hebrew word in the Browse Window, the grammars in the Resource Summary Tab display links to sections of the grammar that pertain to the part of the speech of the word in the Browse window. For example, placing your cursor on the qal perfect 3rd person masculine singular Hebrew verb בָּרָא in Genesis 1:1 shows links in the Waltke & O'Connor Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax to the verbal stems, the qal stem, and discussions on number and gender. Having your students read these sections as they work through a passage would be a great review of their grammar and syntax.
Streamlining the Resource Summary Tab
The amount of information, especially Scripture references, is one of the best features about the Resource Summary Tab. But the amount of information can also be one of the worst features of the Resource Summary Tab. Sometimes there is too much information that is irrelevant for the type of work you are doing, or the way in which you want to use the Resource Summary Tab.
For example, perhaps you are working in the LXX and only want to look at lexicons and grammars that pertain to the LXX and the Hebrew text. By default every Greek New Testament lexicon will also appear in the Resource Summary Tab and get in your way of viewing only the lexicons and grammars that pertain to the LXX and Hebrew text.
The solution to resource overcrowding is to uncheck the resources that you do not want to view in the Resource Summary Tab. Under the Resource Summary Tab are tabs that list the lexicons, grammars, and references. Uncheck each resource that you do not want to display in the Resource Summary Tab.
While you are unchecking resources that you do not want to display, you can also change the display order of the checked resources. For example, if you want to move the Lust-Eynikel-Hauspie LXX lexicon to the top of the list, select the lexicon on the list and then use the arrow at the bottom of the window to move the lexicon to the display order in which you want it to appear. (You can only change the display order within the categories in which they appear. For example, you cannot intermix the order of Greek and Hebrew lexicons.)