Making Sense of the BIBLE SENSE LEXICON

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Bill Fiess | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Nov 17 2012 3:14 PM

What would be a practical application or use of the BIBLE SENSE LEXICON?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 17 2012 3:51 PM

Not sure what you mean by 'practical' other than general Bible study (for me). I'm in Deu 13.3 'You must not heed the words of those prophets or those who divine by dreams;'   The latter in some translations is 'dreamer of dreams' while some are 'diviner of dreams' (a significant difference). The 'sense' lexicon doesn't yet cover the first, but does have an entry for the second 'dreams'.

Clicking on that takes you to the variations in the sense (several types of dreams). Now, if you go to TWOT, you'll see the variation in the senses discussed. But with the Senses Lexicon, you can drill considerably further into the variation and roots, and also see at least one group's organization of the senses for hebrew.

Why significant? One reason relates to the distinction of Moses and Miriam/Aaron as to how they were what today we call 'inspired'. The other is how early-on listeners/readers of Deu would distinguish the warning. A professional diviner? Or someone who claimed the divine through dreams. This works its way into the NT audiences as well (who potentially were using Targum-ish type imagery).

Of course the commentaries would also be invaluable in the discussion.  But the new Sense Lexicon brings in similar usage to assist.


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Bill Fiess | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 17 2012 4:33 PM

Thanks, DMB. That was helpful.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 18 2012 4:41 AM

DMB has given you good information. Just wanted to add that this is a work in progress, as it just works for noun now. When complete, I expect it to become Louw & Nida (Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains) on steroids.

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Steven Long | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 29 2014 1:17 PM

Good point, Denise. I just upgraded to L5 yesterday and I am enjoying the BSL. I find it very helpful, along with Louw Nida, to go further in my word studies. BTW, is there a way to print/export the graph from BSL? Didn't see an option and my Command P didn't bring up a print dialogue on my screen. 

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 30 2014 2:57 PM

Peace, Steven!                            First, please let me welcome you to the Logos Community Forums where users of Logos Bible Software from the four corners of the world attempt to help and support and encourage and enlighten and assist one another on the usage of the software!  -- 24 hours a day!           *smile*

              Please note that you attached your question to an old, old, old thread; and you might want to start all over again with a brand-new "fresh" post, a thread of its own!                   *smile*

                           Also, I -- with you! -- appreciate the Bible Sense Lexicon and have used it since Logos 5 came out.  I just realised for the first time that it doesn't seem to have a "printing function."                        If any reading this can give a boost here, it would be much appreciated.

Edit:            Just thought it over ...     I'm not sure personally that I really need a print function ...         will meditate on that point for a while, I guess!


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