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Tip 3.9 Cross Version Searches
The BibleWorks base package contains a lot of different Bible versions plus many ancient texts such as Philo, Josephus, the Apostolic Fathers, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, and the Aramaic Targums. Each of these texts is useful for performing word and background studies. In this Classroom Tip we will see how to search the Biblical text plus these ancient texts at the same time using the Command Line Cross Version Search Mode feature.
By default the Command Line only searches one version at a time. By using the Cross Version Search Mode on the Command Line you can search at one time all versions in the same language as the Command Line Search Version.
Ways to Search Multiple Texts
There are a variety of BibleWorks tools that enable you to search more than one text in a single search. Each tool has their uses depending upon the type of results that you need.
- Graphical Search Engine. The Graphical Search Engine enables you to search as many versions as you like at the same time. However, each version must overlap in the book names and verses contained in each version. For example, you can search the Septuagint, the Hebrew Bible, and the NRS English text at the same time. You will not be able to search the Greek New Testament and Josephus in the same search, however, since none of the books of the New Testament are found in Josephus, and none of the books in Josephus are found in the New Testament.
- Parallel Hebrew-LXX Module. You can search the Hebrew Bible and Septuagint at the same time using the Parallel Hebrew-LXX module. You can search for pairs of words, or you can search only the Hebrew or only the Greek text.
- Command Line: Cross Version Search Mode. You can search any or all same-language versions using the Command Line's Cross Version Search Mode. You cannot search different languages at the same time using the Command Line, but you can search different corpuses of literature as long as they are all in the same language. The remainder of this Classroom Tip shows how to use the Cross Version Search Mode.
Using the Cross Version Search Mode
It is easy to search all of your Bible versions and extra-Biblical texts in the same language using the Command Line's Cross Version Search Mode. For this example we will use the BGM LXX & New Testament Greek morphology text as our Command Line search version. We will then search for the Greek word ἀγαπάω in all the available Greek texts.
- On the main BibleWorks menu select Search | Cross Version Search Mode. By default the option is checked to Search Only Current Search Version. In order to search all of the available Greek texts, select Search and Display All Same Language Versions.
- Enter a period followed by the word αγαπαω on the Command Line. Press Enter on your keyboard to run the search.
- The Cross Version Search Results window opens, showing you what Greek versions contain a hit for your word. Not only are all of the Greek New Testament and Septuagint texts included in the search results, but also search results for the Apostolic Fathers, Josephus, OT Greek Pseudepigrapha, and Philo.
- To display the search results, click on the version in the Cross Version Search Results that you wish to display. The search results for that version will appear in the main BibleWorks Search Window.
- When you are finished Cross Version searching and want to only search on one version at a time, select Search | Cross Version Search Mode | Search Only Current Search Version.
Cross Version Search Mode Options and Tips
There are many ways to use the Cross Version Search Mode to give you the best results for your study habits. Here are a couple of examples for you to consider.
- Using the Search Window Tabs. After you conduct a search using the Cross Version Search Mode you can use the Search Window Tabs to keep your search results for further study. For example, search all Greek versions using the Search and Display All Same Language Versions setting. After the Cross Version Search Results appear, select Tab 2 in the Search Window. This tab will contain your Septuagint search results. Now select the BLM or LXT Septuagint Greek texts in the Cross Version Search Results Window. The Septuagint results appear in Tab 2. Now select Tab 3. Select OPM or OPG in the Cross Version Search Results window to display the OT Greek Pseudepigrapha search results in Tab 3. Use Tab 4 to contain your Philo search results, and Tab 5 to contain your Apostolic Fathers search results. Now you can switch between tabs to compare your search results, and do further work with these verses from the Search Window.
- Search All Display Versions. If you want to only search a selected number of same-language texts and not all of the same-language version, select the Search All Display Versions search option. For example, using the Search All Display Versions search option you can search only the BNT Greek NT text and the APF Apostolic Fathers Greek text. In order to limit this search, set the BNT as your search version and only display the BNT and APT as display versions. Now when you run a search on the Command Line the Cross Version Search Results will only show search results for the BNT and the APF Greek texts.
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