Limiting Greek Searches to “Q” in BW and Accordance
Browsing BibleWorks User Forums I found this thread where Mark Vitalis was talking about creating a custom search range with all Q-texts (those pericopes in Matthew and Luke that are not found in Mark’s gospel). The task was not an easy one, due to the large number of references from Matthew and Luke, so I decided to do a screencast showing how that might be accomplished in BibleWorks and Accordance. I had to split the video in two parts to make it more manageable. I think it makes more sense to watch the one on BW first, but since they both deal with the same issue, you may prefer to go straight to the program you are most familiar with.
Both applications get the job done, but they do so in widely different ways. Thus, BW uses a text-driven, verse list approach (with references only), and requires a graphical search engine in order to reuse the list of verses, whereas Accordance’s approach is more visual, more Mac-like, displaying references and content, and can run the searches straight from the main search window (although graphical construct windows can be easily used too). Both programs can map the verses to a different Bible version and save them to a file for later use. Finally, only Accordance can use highlighting to both identify biblical passages and include the highlighting style as part of the search argument.
The full list of Q texts has been derived from Robert J. Miller’s edition of The Complete Gospels.
Please notice that these are the first screencasts made available here on BSR, and that they are far from perfect. Hopefully, though, they will be of use to some of you. Comments and feedback are particularly welcome, since I hope to be making many more of these. Thanks!
Update (December 1): Less than 24 hours after I posted my screencast, BibleWorks has already increased the size of custom search limit ranges so that it is now possible to paste the whole list of references into the Range text box and set a search range for all of Q. Is this great customer service or what?!
Note to self: I should do screencasts more often and take the opportunity to hint at some areas for improvement. This seems to encourage developers to actually implement nice enhancements…