Verbum Tip 4bj: Context Menu;(Non)Facets: Altars, Meals

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Aside: Context Menu – Greek noun

Yes, we are getting close to the end of repetitive data description after which we will get serious about building useful searches. But we also need to build your user-mindset. In the example below, a simple New Testament noun used literally generates 46 Context Menu entries …. which looks overwhelming. It can easily become manageable through the following steps:

  1. Open your preferred Bible with a reverse interlinear to Mark 1:6
  2. Select the word “locusts” and right click to open the context menu.
  3. As the entries depend upon your library and datasets, compare your results to the chart below. Gray out any entries that aren’t in your results.
  4. Gray out any items you know you don’t use – for myself this includes
  • Strong’s
  • all the upper-level events – I care only about the lowest level event
  • preaching themes – they are too diffuse for me, so I used the Catholic Topical Index themes instead
  • labels: accents, syllables, cantillation – these support study techniques I don’t use
  • Longacre’s genres – I’ve not found how this is useful to me, so I set it aside to study when more time is available
  1. While your list should be different than mine, I have just cut my list of data in half.
  2. I then divide the remaining list into three categories:
  • Tagging I understand forwards and backwards – Biblical person, Biblical place, Biblical thing, Biblical event, speaker, addressee, sentence type
  • Tagging that I always look at after my first cut – discourse analysis, propositional outline, intertext
  • The remainder is what I depend on the context menu for on my first cut through the text.
  1. In the items I am going to depend on the context menu for, I choose one value that I’m unsure of and look up its definition. Just one – I may look up others as the need arises. Just one takes little time but when it becomes a habit, you will be surprised at how quickly all those intimidating Verbum terms become familiar and as they become familiar, tools become more useful.
  2. As your library expands and Verbum evolved, you may never reach the point where you never find a term you don’t know, so don’t set an end goal. Just keep on learning one at a time.

Example of Context Menu data

For an example, consider the word “locusts” in Mark 1:6. The Context Menu includes:

Group

Entry

Range

More data

Copy reference: search

ID

 

Selection locusts

locusts

-

-

1

 

Reference Mark 1:6

Mk 1:6

-

<BibleNRSV = Mark 1:6>

2

Word (Manuscript)

Manuscript ἀκρίδας akridas noun

Locusts

Lexham Analytical Lexicon via Look up

-

3

Lemma ἀκρίς akris locust

Locusts

Factbook;
Pronounce;
Lexicons via Look up

<Lemma ~ lbs/el/ἀκρίς>

4

Root ακρις akris locust

Locusts

-

<Root ~ lbs/el/ακρις>

5

Morphology NAPF noun, accusative, plural, feminine

Locusts

-

<LogosMorphGr ~ NAPF>

6

Strong’s Greek #200

Locusts

Lexicons with Strong’s index via Look up

<GreekStrongs = G200>

7

Louw-Nida LN 4.47

Locusts

Lexicons with Louw-Nida index via Look up

<LouwNida = LN 4.47>

8

Sense locust noun

Locusts

Factbook;

Bible Sense Lexicon

<Sense = locust>

9

(Biblical) Thing locust

locusts

Factbook;

Atlas

<Thing Locust>

10

 

Event John the Baptist appears in the wilderness

Mk 1:2-6

Factbook;

Atlas;

Bible Event Navigator

<Event John the Baptist appears in the wilderness>

11

 

Event Jesus’ life before ministry

uncertain

Factbook;

Atlas;

Bible Event Navigator

<Event Jesus’ life before ministry>

12

 

Event Life of Jesus

Mark 1:1-16:20

Factbook;

Atlas;

Bible Event Navigator

<Event Life of Jesus>

13

 

Event John the Baptist preaches

Mk 1:2-8

Factbook;

Atlas;

Bible Event Navigator

<Event John the Baptist appears in the wilderness>

14

Preaching Theme

Preaching theme: Baptism

Mk 1:1-11

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Baptism>

15

Preaching theme: Confession

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Confession>

16

Preaching theme: Forgiveness

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Forgiveness>

17

Preaching theme: Gospel

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Gospel>

18

Preaching theme: Holy Spirit

Mk 1:1-13

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Holy Spirit>

19

Preaching theme: Humility

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Humility>

20

Preaching theme: Fulfillment of Prophecy

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Fulfillment of Prophecy>

21

Preaching theme: Prophecy about Jesus

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Prophecy about Jesus>

22

Preaching theme: Repentance

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Repentance>

23

Preaching theme: Revival

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Revival>

24

Preaching theme: Scripture

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Scripture>

25

Preaching theme: Sin

Mk 1:1-8

Factbook

<PreachingTheme = Sin>

26

Label

Accent: Accent { Name: "Paroxytone"; Position: "Penult"; Type: "Acute" }

locusts

-

{Label Accent WHERE Name ~ "Paroxytone" AND Position ~ "Penult" AND Type ~ "Acute"}

27

Intertext: Intertext { Corpus: "New Testament"; Relationship: "Allusion"; Source: `Bible:2 Ki 1:8` }

Mk 1:6

(interactive available)

{Label Intertext WHERE Corpus ~ "New Testament" AND Relationship ~ "Allusion" AND Source ~ <2 Ki 1:8>}

28

Intertext: Intertext { Corpus: "New Testament"; Relationship: "Allusion"; Source: `Bible:Zec 13:4` }

Mk 1:6

(interactive available)

{Label Intertext WHERE Corpus ~ "New Testament" AND Relationship ~ "Allusion" AND Source ~ <Zec 13:4>}

29

Longacre Genre: Longacre Genre { Primary: `LongacreGenre:Narr: Story` }

Mk 1:1-8

-

{Label Longacre Genre WHERE Primary ~ <LongacreGenre Narrative: Story>}

30

Syllable: Syllable { Count: 3; Grapheme: "α"; Position: 1 }

locusts

-

{Label Syllable WHERE Count ~ 3 AND Grapheme ~ "α" AND Position ~ 1}

31

Syllable: Syllable { Count: 3; Grapheme: "δασ"; Position: 3 }

locusts

-

{Label Syllable WHERE Count ~ 3 AND Grapheme ~ "δασ" AND Position ~ 3}

32

Syllable: Syllable { Count: 3; Grapheme: "κρι"; Position: 2 }

locusts

-

{Label Syllable WHERE Count ~ 3 AND Grapheme ~ "κρι" AND Position ~ 2}

33

Syllable: Syllable { Count: 3; Graphemes: "α-κρι-δασ" }

locusts

-

{Label Syllable WHERE Count ~ 3 AND Graphemes ~ "α-κρι-δασ"}

34

Cultural Concepts

Cultural Concept: Baptism

Mk 1:4

Factbook

<Culture Baptism>

35

Cultural Concept: Prophets and ascetics

Mk 1:4-8

Factbook

<Culture Prophets and ascetics>

36

Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament

Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament: Elaboration

“and he ate locusts and wild honey.” Mk 1:6c

 

<LDGNT = Elaboration>

37

Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament: Sentence

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. [1]” Mk 1:6

 

<LDGNT = Sentence>

38

 

Longacre Genre: Narrative, Story

Mk 1:1-8

-

{Section <LongacreGenre = Narr: Story>}

39

Literary Typing

Literary Typing: Narrative, Gospel

Mk 1:1-16:20

-

<LiteraryTyping ~ Narrative, Gospel> (manually add Section)

40

Literary Typing: Narrative, John the Baptist

Mark 1:4-8

-

<LiteraryTyping ~ Narrative, John the Baptist> (manually add Section)

41

Literary Typing: Allusion, Old Testament

Mark 1:6

-

<LiteraryTyping ~ Allusion, Old Testament> (manually add Section)

42

 

Propositional Outline: Expansion

“and he ate locusts and wild honey. [2]” Mk 1:6c

-

{Section <PropositionalOutline = Expansion>}

43

 

Sentence: Declarative Sentence

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. [3]” Mk 1:6

-

{Section <Sentence = Declarative>}

44

 

SGNT Syntactic Force: direct object

locusts

-

<SGNTSyntacticForce = dir. obj.> OR {Section <SGNTSyntacticForce = dir. obj.>}

45

 

Speech Acts: Informative: Assertive

Mk 1:4-8

-

{Section <SpeechAct = Info: Assert>}

46

Missing in action

 

 

Semantic role: patient

locusts

-

Patient:locust

 

Catholic Topical Index

Catholic Topical Index: Ascesis

Mk 1:6

-

-

 

Catholic Topical Index: John the Baptist

Mk 1:4-8

-

-

 

Catholic Topical Index: Prophecy

????

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Non)Facet: Altar

To be implemented in L9.2

Dataset

  • DB:SD-ALTARS ALTARS.lbssd

Documentation

Example:

Data

  • {Label Altar WHERE Builder ~ <Person nnnn> AND Event ~ <Event nnnn> AND Location ~ <Place nnnn> AND Material ~ <Thing nnnn> AND Purpose ~ <Topic nnnn> AND Purpose ~ <Topic nnnn> AND Title ~ <Topic nnnn>}

 New data provided by the label

None. All attributes are existing datatypes.

Filters

none

Vocabulary cards

none

Bible Browser

Not implemented

Faithlife Assistant

Not implemented

Interactive

none

Information Tool

Note that in the Information tool, as in the documentation, the values for the attributes are link with mouse over, click and right-click behavior.

Context Menu

The Context Menu has the expected Copy reference and Search options.

Concordance

The Concordance has the expected entry with the linkage seen in the Information tool.

Search

The search built by the Context Menu -- {Label Altar WHERE Builder ~ <Person Noah (builder of ark)> AND Event ~ <Event God makes a covenant with Noah> AND Location ~ <Place Mountains of Ararat> AND Material ~ <Thing Rock> AND Purpose ~ <Topic Sacrifice> AND Purpose ~ <Topic Safety> AND Title ~ <Topic Stone Altar Built by Noah in the Mountains of Ararat>} -- defines all the attributes and therefore finds only our example. However, a reverse interlinear is not required.

(Non)Facet: Meal

To be implemented in L9.2

Dataset

  • DB:SD-BANQUETS BANQUETS.lbssd

Documentation

Example entry:

Data

  • {Label Meal WHERE Food ~ <Thing nnnn> AND Guest ~ <Person nnnn> AND Guest ~ <Person nnnn > AND Host ~ <Person nnnn> AND Location ~ <Place nnnn > AND Occasion ~ " nnnn " AND Title ~ <Topic nnnn >}

 New data provided by the label

Only {Label Meal WHERE Occasion ~ " nnnn "} is new. All other attributes use existing datatypes.

Filters

none

Vocabulary cards

none

Bible Browser

Not implemented

Faithlife Assistant

Not implemented

Interactive

none

Information Tool

The Information tool is unremarkable; existing datatypes are active links.

Context Menu

The Context Menu is as expected.

Concordance

Likewise, the Concordance is unremarkable.

Search

The search built by the Context Menu -- {Label Meal WHERE Food ~ <Thing Fruit> AND Guest ~ <Person Adam (first man)> AND Guest ~ <Person Eve> AND Host ~ <Person Serpent deceiving Eve> AND Location ~ <Place Eden (garden)> AND Occasion ~ "Fall" AND Title ~ <Topic Adam and Eve Eat the Forbidden Fruit>} -- defines all the attributes and therefore finds only our example. However, a reverse interlinear is not required.



[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Mk 1:6.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Mk 1:6.

[3] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Mk 1:6.

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