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Tip 2.5: Tools for a Passage-Level Perspective

BibleWorks contains a variety of tools for viewing and interpreting a Bible passage. In this Classroom Tip we will give an overview of some BibleWorks tools--some old and some new--for viewing the passage and gaining information for better interpretation from a passage-level perspective.

This Classroom Tip introduces a variety of BibleWorks passage-level perspective tools within a framework of what type of information they provide, and gives a brief explanation of their benefit to the interpretive process.

A passage-level perspective is important for understanding the structure and meaning of the passage. At this level you are finding patterns of repeating words, semantically-related words, and the structure of the passage.

Search limits

Setting search limits enables you to conduct searches over specific portions of Scripture, rather than over the entire text of the search version. A limited search helps you to see if words or grammatical forms appear repeatedly in your study passage.

Semantic Domain search

Setting a search limit and then conducting a search over semantic domains enables you to see where semantically-related words appear in your study passage.

Bible Outline Tool

The Bible Outline Tool is a handy way to see the major sections in the Bible text. You can also create your own Bible Outline file and have it display in the Bible Outline window at the top of the Browse Window.

Context Tab

The Context Tab provides a list of all the words that appear in the pericope you are studying. The pericope contents are governed by the Bible Outline. Because the words are listed according to frequency, you can quickly see the most commonly-occurring words in the pericope.

Words Tab

The Words Tab enables you to search on a key word in your study passage, and then see what words most frequently appear in all the verses that contain your key word. By using this tool you can see if there are significant words related to the main words or topics in your study passage.


Line and phrase diagrams can be useful tools for seeing more than word relationships. Diagrams can also reveal the structure of the passage. Diagrams show such items as subjects, verbs, objects, dependent clauses, independent clauses, phrases, and sentences. The new MacDonald Syntactic and Thematic Greek Transcription of the New Testament shows passage structure according to clauses and phrases, plus it shows where similar and related words repeat throughout the passage.


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