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Jeremy Lobdell | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:04 AM

To Whom it May Concern,

I'm currently preaching through Ephesians at our church. This book talks about the Church a lot.
I'd like to be able to search the book of Ephesians to discover every time Paul refers to the Church.
I can do a simple search like "church or body" but I feel like I might be missing something - as in when searching the same book for the phrase "In Christ" one must also be aware of "In Him, In Whom, etc".
Would you be so kind as to suggest a search phrase that will capture ALL references to the Church? 

Thank you.

In Christ,
Jeremy K. Lobdell

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:45 AM

In theory, a Bible search for <Person A Church> OR <Person Church at Ephesus> should do it. The problem with that is that it includes every instance of "you", which although technically correct, is not what you want.

My best quick suggestion is: (<Person A Church> OR <Person Church at Ephesus>) INTERSECTS (<LogosMorphGr ~ J????> OR <LogosMorphGr ~ N????>), or perhaps (<Person A Church> OR <Person Church at Ephesus>) NOT INTERSECTS (<LogosMorphGr ~ R??????>  OR <LogosMorphGr ~ V??????>)

The idea of both is to remove the pronouns.

Neither are perfect, often because of the problems of searching an English translation. But one or both will get you very close, I think, with words like "holy people", "the faithful", "God's people", "church", "body", "household", "building", "brothers and sisters".

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:46 AM

This is a great time to use the sense search. Doing a search in Ephesians for <Sense church> will give you things tagged as church, with all of its subsenses (body of Christ, family of God, etc). If you search for <Sense=church> it will only give the exact match, and will not include subcategories. 

I developed that by right-clicking a reference to the church, clicking on the sense and then clicking "Bible Sense Lexicon" to see the overarching term. If you feel it is missing a result, then do the same thing with that term. 

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Jeremy Lobdell | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2019 10:42 AM

Thank you Justin. This was exactly what I had in mind and was looking for. Thanks.

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