Searching for a Greek word translated in a particular way

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Harry Hahne | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Oct 16 2019 7:10 PM

I am trying to find instances of a Greek word translated a particular way in an English Bible within a certain number of words from a second word. For example, I am trying to find where λέγω is translated "tell" in the NASB within 2 words of ὑμῖν.

1. The first step was to make sure that I could find all instances of λέγω is translated "tell" in the NASB.

Both of the following searches seem to accomplish what I want.

λέγω INTERSECTS tell

έγω WITHIN tell

As far as I can see they both return the same results.

2. Where I run into problems is when I try to combine this with another search term. Here is what I tried:

(λέγω INTERSECTS tell) WITHIN 2 WORDS ὑμῖν

This produces no search results.

Can someone tell me why this second search does not work? Is there a better search syntax to accomplish what I want? I have no trouble if I search for λέγω WITHIN 2 WORDS ὑμῖν, but this does not allow me to specify the way the word is translated.

I realize that proximity searches are dicey on Greek/Hebrew words in a reverse interlinear. But I cannot search for the translation of a word if I search on a Greek New Testament.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 16 2019 7:46 PM

This seems to work:

(λέγω WITHIN 2 WORDS ὑμῖν) AND (λέγω INTERSECT tell) 

I am not sure why your original model doesn't.

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LogosEmployee

Your search makes sense, but it's currently a known limitation of the search engine that "INTERSECTS" can't be used as the operand of a proximity operator. We have a case to fix this limitation.

https://community.logos.com/forums/p/179392/1036465.aspx#1036465

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Harry Hahne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 16 2019 9:49 PM

Bradley Grainger (Faithlife):
it's currently a known limitation of the search engine that "INTERSECTS" can't be used as the operand of a proximity operator. We have a case to fix this limitation.

Thanks.

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