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jeremyvail
03-25-2008, 10:34 AM
:confused:I have been having trouble with a search function I'd like to do. Is it possible to use the command line to search out every occurrence of a particular root (e.g., pisteuw), such that every noun, verb, adjective, etc. from that root will be displayed in the verse results? I know how to use the asterisks, but this is far too cumbersome, especially when trying to do this in the Hebrew.

Michael Hanel
03-25-2008, 11:25 AM
:confused:I have been having trouble with a search function I'd like to do. Is it possible to use the command line to search out every occurrence of a particular root (e.g., pisteuw), such that every noun, verb, adjective, etc. from that root will be displayed in the verse results? I know how to use the asterisks, but this is far too cumbersome, especially when trying to do this in the Hebrew.

This can't be done as such because BW does not have a search method by root. You can haphazardly make guesses at this by searching BGT for .*pist* but that will be less successful for other words, especially in Hebrew. You can make guesses at what words are related by root and then search for them or go to the lexica to find out more info, but otherwise there is no silver bullet for doing this kind of thing.

MGVH
03-25-2008, 03:21 PM
I think there is a good way to get at what you want.
Use one of the Louw-Nida domains. You can get at it via the WordList Manager or directly through the Graphical Search Engine. (Use it with the BGM or BNM or GNM version.)
In your particular case, you would want domain 31, and you could limit it down to one of the subdomains or even select individual words. The advantage of this approach is that it would not only get all the pist* words, but it would also help you see all the *pist* words and other synonyms.

jeremyvail
03-25-2008, 04:23 PM
Thank you Michael and Mark for the quick replies. I'll try these options.