Finding Proper Names

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Logan Stewart | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Dec 26 2018 4:21 PM

As part of some sermon preparation, I am trying to find all of the instances of proper names in a given book of the Bible. I don't want one specific name, but every time a proper name appears in that book. Is there a search that would allow me to do that? 

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Reuben Helmuth | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 26 2018 11:43 PM

Hi Logan and welcome to the forums!

If you are trying to accomplish this in an Old Testament book, then it's quite simple:

  1. Select Morph Search
  2. Select an OT book (this will limit the morphology to Lexham Hebrew Morph)
  3. Select a Bible which has OT Interlinear data based on LHB
  4. Type "@" to bring up the selection dialogue (you can continue typing if you know which character to use; in this case "@np")

If you're wishing to do this in the NT, it's not quite as straight forward since it seems like the Logos Greek Morphology doesn't include proper/common distinction for nouns.

I can think of two other ways to get to this data (both require an internet connection). The first is through the Bible Browser and the second is through a Morph Query Document. Both ways seem to be exposing bugs so I'll investigate further...

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Reuben Helmuth | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 27 2018 2:25 AM

Logan, I've created two threads concerning the problems I found with Bible Browser and Morph Query Documents. See this thread for the former and this one for the latter. Note: I posted in the beta forum since I'm running the beta version.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 27 2018 12:54 PM

Logan Stewart:
... every time a proper name appears in that book. Is there a search that would allow me to do that? 

Welcome Big Smile

Search suggestion is: (Morph Proper Noun in Old Testament OR Greek Syntactic Force in New Testament)

([field bible, content] <LogosMorphHeb ~ NP???>) OR ([field bible, content] <LogosMorphAram ~ NP???>) OR {Section <SGNTSyntacticForce = prop. name>}

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Zachary Rainey | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 11 2019 6:33 AM

I have been using the @np search (All Morph Text in Old Testament in English Standard) as I am reading through the Old Testament. I wondered why some proper names are ignored.

For example,
Joshua 1:4 does not find Hittites or Great Sea;
Joshua 2:12 does not find Reubenites or Gadites or God; and so on.

I have had similar experience in the First Five books as well.

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Reuben Helmuth | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 11 2019 7:00 AM

Zachary Rainey:
I wondered why some proper names are ignored.

Keep in mind that the morph is based on the Hebrew text. There could be occasional tagging errors (which should be reported), but most of what you're seeing is the mismatch between English and Hebrew (noun vs. adjective in many instances).

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 11 2019 7:02 AM

Zachary Rainey:
I have been using the @np search (All Morph Text in Old Testament in English Standard) as I am reading through the Old Testament. I wondered why some proper names are ignored.

For example,
Joshua 1:4 does not find Hittites or Great Sea;
Joshua 2:12 does not find Reubenites or Gadites or God; and so on.

The examples you quote (and I assume you mean Joshua 1:12 not 2:12) have the words tagged as adjectives not nouns which is why the search doesn't find them.

I don't know Hebrew so can't comment on whether that tagging is appropriate.

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