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Tip 3.1 Listing Hebrew Verbs in a Passage

With the KWIC Module you can create lists of words according to the order in which they appear in a passage. This feature is useful for creating word lists for students learning Hebrew and Greek. This Classroom Tip shows how to create a table of Hebrew verbs from the book of Ruth chapter 1, with the first column showing the inflected form, and the second column providing the corresponding lemma. Each column will show the verbs in the order in which they appear in Ruth chapter 1.

Gathering the List of Inflected Verb Forms

Open the KWIC module by selecting Tools | Analyzing the text | KWIC/Collocation Table Module on the main BibleWorks menu. Under Options on the KWIC window select Display Brother Text (in KWIC).

Set the WTM as your search version. Set the verse range to "rut 1". In the Word box enter <*@v*>, without the angle brackets. This will search for all the verbs in the WTM in Ruth chapter 1.

Set the Left words to 0, the Right words to 0, and the Codes to 0. Now click Build.

The upper window displays the list of all the verbs in the passage, arranged according to their order of appearance in the text. The display text is the WTT. Place your cursor in the upper window, then open the context menu and select Copy Entire KWIC List to Clipboard (formatted).

Open a word processor document, and create a table that has two columns and only one row. Paste the KWIC results into the left column. The Scripture reference and inflected verb form appear in the table with one item per line.

Gathering a List of Verb Lemmas

Return to the KWIC window, and under Options uncheck Display Brother Text (in KWIC). Now press Build, and the WTM results display.

Copy this list from the upper KWIC window, then paste the list into the right column of your word processor table. Now you have the inflected verb form in the left column, and the corresponding lemma in the right column. Adjust the column widths so that the corresponding form and lemma align with one another, as necessary. You may wish to distribute this list as a study aid to your Hebrew students.

Hebrew List Variations

Here are some variations to the instructions given above that may be useful to you.

  • If you wish to list the inflected form as consonantal text, without vowel points or accents, begin by clicking inside the Browse Window to give it the focus. Then press the letter 'x' on your keyboard to turn off the Hebrew vowel points and accents. Now your search results in the KWIC window will only contain the consonantal text.

  • You can list parsing codes with the lemma by entering an appropriate number in the Codes setting. Entering '6' lists the common parsing codes. If you wish to list the supplemental codes as well, enter "30" in the Codes setting. The codes will appear after the lemma when you run the search.

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