Visual Filters and Biblical Places

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GregW | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, May 25 2012 2:00 AM

I am currently reading the book of Acts, and have found it helpful to highlight the places as I go through, to make it easier to work out where particular incidents occurred.  It struck me that it might be possible to create a visual filter to do this, given that Biblical Places must be tagged somehow in the text to enable the "Biblical Places" tool to work.  Does anybody know how I could identify a Biblical Place in a visual filter search to accomplish this?  The wiki gives some fantastic hints on creating various visual filters but doesn't seem to cover this.  

This isn't a major thing - just one of those "I wonder if I could....." moments so please don't spend time on it! 


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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 4:26 AM

Hi Greg, I don't know the answer to your question about Biblical Places, but you can use Louw-Nida numbers to do this.  This is the syntax: <LN 93.389-615>

This works for the visual filter syntax for geographical places in the NT and this is what I use for the OT.  ([field bible,content] <af-morph+he~N?[CEGLMR]?????>)  

The visual filter for the NT is based on a Basic search while the one I am using for the OT is based on a morph search using Anderson-Forbes morphology. 

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Paul Gisbourne | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 4:35 AM

Hi Jerry,

That's a handy tip, did a quick check and it works like a dream...

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 4:39 AM

Paul Gisbourne:

Hi Jerry,

That's a handy tip, did a quick check and it works like a dream...

Your welcome, but someone smarter than me dreamed it up, I just passed it on.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 5:01 AM

Jerry M:
I don't know the answer to your question about Biblical Places

You can't search for Places in a bible else it would be on the Context menu.  The searches with LN numbers and Hebrew Morphology work fine in a reverse interlinear bible.

Jerry M:
this is what I use for the OT.  ([field bible,content] <af-morph+he~N?[CEGLMR]?????>)  

Unfortunately the AF morphology is wrong about a few "places"  eg. Cush can be a person or place/region  but AF only recognises Ps 7 Title as a person!

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 6:19 AM

That's great.  Thanks very much!


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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 7:37 AM

Thank you for the suggestions everybody.  I would never have thought of using the LN numbers.  In case anybody else wants to do this, the search above includes a whole lot of nationalities as well, so I added an ANDNOT to the end of the search with the format ANDNOT (<LN 93.xxx>, <LN 93. yyy>) this excluded all the nationalities and cities of origin.  The numbers to exclude are: 395, 396, 399, 403, 411, 445, 465,469, 487, 490, 505, 507, 528, 531, 546, 562, 569 and 610,  I did try just excluding anything in the list that was an adjective, but a lot of them (e.g. Galileans) are tagged as both nouns and adjectives, at least in the NIV.  It certainly helps me to keep a mental track of where I am as I am reading through Acts now, though!  


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Tes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 25 2012 11:36 PM

Jerry would you make it clear for me please, how you use for the new Testament?

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 26 2012 5:33 AM

Sorry Tes I am leaving immediately for a funeral, but if you follow the video and instructions at this Wiki page you shouldn't have any trouble.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 28 2012 4:05 PM

GregW:
The numbers to exclude are: 395, 396, 399, 403, 411, 445, 465,469, 487, 490, 505, 507, 528, 531, 546, 562, 569 and 610,

Wonder if 403 should be 402 ? (Alexandrians instead of the Place for City of Alexandria)

Personally learned 93.445 has translations Galilee (with right click Place) and Galileans (with right click Person in Acts 5:37)

Likewise learned LN 93.487 has a variety of translations along with Biblical People (Jew) and Places (Judea).  Some more LN 93 domain numbers with People and Places: 441, 474, 507, 528, 562, and 570.

For researching Louw-Nida numbers from 93.388 through 93.615, learned a wildcard search for some common English word endings was helpful to find a variety of People (had 2 Bibles open: ESV and AV 1873):

Note: the wildcard search of *an includes some false positives: e.g. Jordan (93.485) and Midian (93.526) are Places that match *an.

Edit: People and Places visual filter update for New Testament using Louw-Nida numbers (most highlighted words have Biblical People and/or Places):

For highlighting things using Louw-Nida, choose to highlight domains 2 thru 8 along with Biblical Things in Louw-Nida domain 1 (right click):

Anticipating some visual filter updating while reading various New Testament passages, especially items with right click Biblical Things in a variety of Louw-Nida domains.  Also have option to refine highlighting of Louw-Nida domains 2 through 8 since a number of things do not have right click option for Biblical Things.

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 30 2012 1:40 AM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Wonder if 403 should be 402 ? (Alexandrians instead of the Place for City of Alexandria)

Thanks  KS4J  - I think you're right.  I also appreciate all the other information you've put in above - it has given me some other ideas to improve how  I use L4 on the desktop. 


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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 30 2012 1:50 AM

Greg, if you have been able to improve on what you suggested above, could you kindly share your findings, as I for one would love to use this visual filter.  Thanks, and God bless.

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