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Tip 1.14: Working with the Verse List Manager

The Verse List Manager is a useful tool for working with search results and creating verse lists for later study and usage in other tasks in BibleWorks. This classroom tip will highlight several ways of creating saved verse lists and also guide you in using the Verse List Manager to extract verse references from electronic documents for viewing and for searching within BibleWorks.

Opening the Verse List Manager

The Verse List Manager may be opened by clicking this button , pressing the F7 key or by selecting Tools | Verse List Manager from the main menu of BibleWorks.

Working with Verse Lists

The Verse List Manager provides a Main and Secondary Verse List for producing lists of verses that you may enter manually, import from the Search Window, an existing document, or a previously saved verse list (verse list files have the format *.vls).

When you click on a verse reference in the Main or Secondary Verse List, the Browse window will display that particular verse reference in each of your Display Versions. The Verse List Manager is not only a way to collect and save collections of verses, but it serves as a ready means to view verse references that you develop, have previously developed or wish to extract from an external source.

Verse lists are specifically tied to one Bible version. When you create a verse list each reference will be labeled with the 3 letter version label of your current search version in BibleWorks.


Each verse list has a Description text area. You can enter a description of the verse list and save it with the verse list. When the verse list is loaded again, the description will be loaded and displayed in this text area.

Creating a Verse List by Entering One Verse at a Time

You may wish to manually develop a verse list for later access. Open the Verse List Manager. At the bottom left of the Verse List Manager window is an entry field labeled Enter a verse to add to Active List. Type the verse you wish to enter, then click Add. You may also enter the current Browse Window display verse by selecting Import | Current Search Window Verse. Once you have constructed your verse list you may save it for later usage by choosing File | Save.

Creating a Verse List from Search Results

Significant search results lists may be saved using the Verse List Manager. After you have conducted a search using either the Command Line or the Graphical Search Engine you can import your search results into the Verse List Manager to save them as a verse list. Simply open the Verse List Manager and from its menu select Import | Enter Search Window Verse List.

When you select a verse in a verse list, BibleWorks will automatically change your current search version to the one used in the verse list.

Creating a Verse List from a Document

The Verse List Manager is a great tool for extracting verses from electronic documents. The Verse List Manager's ability to import verse references from several types of documents can allow you to bring years of accumulated notes and materials into play in your work with BibleWorks. By importing verses to the Verse List Manager you can build verse lists from documents or WebPages.

Simply locate a document that contains the verse references that you wish to include in your verse list. Save the document as a TXT file, RTF document, or HTML file. Open the Verse List Manager. Select Import | From Document and a verse list will be built keyed to your current Search Version using the verses that can be extracted from your existing file.

Expanding Verse Ranges

If verse references occur in your document as ranges of verses they will be imported in that manner as well.

This may be sufficient for simply browsing the verse list to read the text of those verses. However, if you wish to save a verse list for other purposes you can expand your verse ranges so that your verse list will consist of one verse per line. For example, notice that in the following imported list we find two imported verse ranges in slightly different formats. Acts 18:1-11 designating a verse range and Rom 15 designating the whole of a chapter.

To make this verse list more useful we must first export it to the Search Window. Select Export | Export to Search Window. This step expands verse ranges (if any), and removes duplicate entries.

Next, in the Verse List Manager select File | New to clear and create a new verse list. Select Import | Entire Search Window Verse List. Notice below how the verse ranges have been expanded to individual verses.

Searching Using a Verse List

A saved verse list may be searched by using the Graphical Search Engine (GSE). Simply open the GSE and double-click on the Word Box to open the Word Box Options window.

Under Search Method click the radio button and choose Verse list from disk (*.vls file).

Click on the Browse button to navigate to the location where you have saved your desired verse list. Open the vls file that you desire to search and it will be loaded into the field above. Click OK and your word box should display as seen below with the title of your vls file appearing in the Word Box field. This is illustrated in the following example with a verse list that is created from verses that have material that is particular to Matthew in the Synoptic Gospels.

This action specifies that a specific list of verses will be searched by that Word Box when the search is conducted. However, we must also designate something to search for within these verses. For example, if I wished to search for occurrences of the word oraw in the verse list above I will need to have a Word Box for the word oraw connected to the Merge Box in my Graphical search.

First I click on the button  to Add a Word Box, then I click on  and draw an arrow from the new Word Box to the Merge Box labeled AND (BGM). I double click on the new Word Box and under Search Method: Word, I type oraw. I am now ready to run a search for oraw that will search only the verses that are listed in my previously saved verse list. Click Go to run the search.

The verse list in this GSE search functions as a search limit, since only words appearing within these verses are valid hits.

Practical Uses of Verse Lists in the Classroom

Follow the instructions given above to accomplish these practical uses of verse lists in your classroom.

  • Manually add to a verse list the verses that you wish to discuss in class. Save the verse list with the name of the topic or the class lecture number. Open the verse list file using the Verse List Manager, then select each verse in turn and discuss them with your students.
  • Create verse lists to match your class notes. Follow the instructions above to create a list of verses from your word processing documents.
  • Print out verse lists as classroom handouts. These handouts can be used as study guides or Scripture memory assignments, depending upon your classroom needs.
  • Search on the specific Greek or Hebrew grammatical form on which you are lecturing. Save your search hits as a verse list. During the class open the verse list and display each verse in turn. Ask the students to identify the form in the verse. Alternately, you can print out the full text of a portion of the verse list and ask the students to underline the form as a homework assignment.
  • For a class on Christ's parables, begin by creating a verse list containing all of Christ's parables. Use this verse list in the Graphical Search Engine to limit your searches to only the parables.

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