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Topics

From Verbum Help:

Topics Section

Not to be confused with the Topic section that appears in the Topic Guide, this section searches topical Bible resources for the entered passage and collates results by heading.

Key words from the headings of matching articles are displayed in three views:

•     Tags — key words are displayed in a list where more commonly appearing words are displayed in a larger font than those that appear less frequently.

•     Cloud — displays the same information as Tags but in a tighter arrangement. The color variation of words in this display is merely for visual interest.

•     List — shows an alphabetical list of key words.[1]

There is no dataset documentation. “Topical Bible Resources” is described by Andrew Batishko (and expanded by NB Mick) as:

It's a fixed list of resources. In English:

  • LLS:23.0.2 The New Nave’s Topical Bible Revised and Expanded by James Swanson
  • LLS:23.0.3 New Topical Textbook by R.A. Torrey
  • LLS:23.0.4 Willmington’s Book of BIBLE LISTS by H.L. Willmington
  • LLS:23.0.6 Nelson’s Topical Bible Index
  • LLS:23.0.7 The NASB Topical Index[2] 

If this list does not meet your needs, remember that the section heading bar provides for the deletion of the section. 7 Free Wordle Makers & How to Create A Wordle (monkeylearn.com) links to several online sites that will create word clouds for use in presentations.

Section heading bar

The section heading bar menu matches that of Cultural Concepts and (Preaching) Themes. The Help preview is:

P7-1 Preview

Contents

The data is collected as described by Verbum Help. In two views, the number of times the topic occurs affects the display. Each view is show with “Baptism, Christian” selected to illustrate the second part of the content.

Tags view

P7-2 Tag View

Note that the size of the type in the alphabetic tag list indicates the relative number of occurrences. Entries are separated by two spaces; commas reflect the rotation of text i.e. noun-comma-modifier format.

Cloud view (Wordle)

P7-3 Cloud View

The cloud version contains the same information but uses color and orientation to add visual interest and break mental habits based on sequence or precise counts.

List view

P7-4 List View

The data shown in the views is:

  • A topic as found in a search of “Bible topical resources” for the specified passage
  • Implicitly, the relative frequency between such topics in the search results
  • For each topic:
    • The article which provided the topic
    • The resource containing that article
    • In the list format only, a link to a Topic Guide for the topic(s)
    • In the list format only, a link to a Sermon Starter Guide for the topic(s)

The resulting list of topics reflects a variety of understanding of what constitutes a topic or theme, differences in the implied ontologies in the classification of the topics, and vocabulary differences among the various denominations and methodologies. As examples:

  • Epiphany which was identified as a theme, appears nowhere as a topic.
  • Camel is offered as a topic although it is mentioned only once, as a modifier of hair. Topic, to me, means that it is a matter (subject) under consideration in a text, discourse, or conversation. Mere mention is not sufficient.
  • The cultural reference from “I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thing of his sandals” is ignored in the absence of a topic of social inequality, servant/master or some related topic. The topic of humility which is present does reflect a related interpreted topic.

Compare the results of curated Catholic Topical Index Guide, run twice to emphasize the pericope boundary:

P7-5 CTI Comparison

Interactions on the data

Data element

Action

Response

Notes

Topic in visualization

Mouse-over

n/a

 

Click

The selected topic will become the topic with its list of sources that appears below the visualization (1).

 

Right click

Opens a limited right-click (context) menu (2)

 

Drag-and-drop

n/a

 

Ellipsis in tag visualization

Click

Expands the list of tags (3)

 

Article providing topic

Mouse-over

Provides popup preview of article (4)

 

Click

Opens resource to article (5)

 

Right click

Opens a Context Menu on the article title (6)

 

Drag-and-drop

Opens resource to article in the location selected by the user (5)

 

Resource containing article

Mouse-over

Provides popup preview of the resource (7)

 

Click

Opens resource to title page (8)

 

Right click

Opens a Context Menu on the resource title (9)

 

Drag-and-drop

Opens resource to title page in the location selected by the user (8)

 

Topic heading arrowhead

Expand/contract icon (list only)

Expand/contracts the list of sources for the topic and links to Topic Guide and/or Sermon Starter Guide. (10).

 

Topic Guide icon (title inert)

Mouse-over

Present popup describing the on click behavior i.e. open (My) Topic Guide to topic (11)

 

Click

Opens Topic Guide to topic (12)

 

Right click

Open a context menu on the link (13)

 

Drag-and-drop

n/a

 

Topic Guide topic

Mouse-over

Present popup describing the on click behavior i.e. open (My) Topic Guide to topic (11). Each topic listed is treated separately.

 

Click

Opens Topic Guide to topic (12)

 

Right click

Opens a context menu on the link (14)

 

Drag-and-drop

Opens Topic Guide to topic in the location selected by the user (12)

 

Sermon Starter Guide icon (title inert)

Mouse-over

Present popup describing the on click behavior i.e. open (My) Sermon Starter Sermon Guide to topic (15).

 

Click

Opens Sermon Starter Guide to topic (16)

 

Right click

Opens a limited Context Menu on the link (17)

 

Drag-and-drop

n/a

 

Sermon Starter Guide topic

Mouse-over

Present popup describing the on click behavior i.e. open (My) Sermon Starter Sermon Guide to topic (15). Each topic listed is treated separately.

 

Click

Opens Sermon Starter Guide to topic (16)

 

Right click

 

 

Drag-and-drop

Opens Sermon Starter Guide to topic at location selected by user (16)

 

(1) Topic with associated source list

P7-6 Topic Source List

(2) Right-click menu a.k.a. short form context menu

P7-7 Mini Context Menu

(3) Expansion of ellipsis

Before:

P7-8 Ellipsis Before

After:

P7-9 Ellipsis After

Note the unexpected change of font size.

(4) Preview of article

P7-10 Article Preview

(5) Full article

P7-11 Full Article

(6) Article title context menu

P7-12 Article CM

(7) Resource preview

P7-13 Resource Preview

(8) Open resource (to title page)

P7-14 Resource Open

(9) Resource title context menu

P7-15 Resource Context Menu

(10) Expand/contract arrowhead on topic

P7-16 Expand List

Note that the three common results are shown:

  • One or more topic sources (article and resource)
  • Optional Topic Guide with topic input
  • Optional Sermon Starter Guide with topic input
(11) Topic guide icon action popup

P7-17 Preview Action Topic Icon

(12) Topic guide

P7-18 Topic Guide

Note that My Topic Guide is invoked rather than the default provided with Verbum.

(13) Context Menu on Topic Guide icon

P7-19 TG Icon CM

(14) Context Menu on TG topic

P7-20 TG Topic CM

(15) Sermon Starter Guide icon action popup

P7-21 SSG Icon Action Preview

(16) Sermon Starter Guide

P7-22 SSG Guide

(17) Context Menu on Sermon Starter Guide icon

P7-23 SSG Icon CM

Note that the topic was converted to a preaching theme of the same name. The Context Menu is the primary link to Factbook in the Topics guide section.

(18) Context Menu from Sermon Start Guide topic

P7-24 SSG Topic CM

Search

While one can search similar resources for occurrences of the passage reference, no search will return the topics under which those occurrences occur.

Supplemental materials

While the Themes Guide section is related, Factbook provides the only supplemental data for this section. Note that some of the context menus direct the user to a Bible Word Study rather than Factbook.

The factbook entry for a Topic converted to a Preaching Theme contains:

  • Standard Factbook header
  • Media section
  • Key passages
  • Sermons
  • Preaching resources
  • Bookstore
  • See also
    • Topics
    • Guides (link)
    • Workflows (link)
    • Search

P7-25 Factbook

Have fun untangling the inconsistency still present in Factbook among the concept entries:

  • Concept
  • Cultural concept
  • (Preaching) Theme
  • Topic


[1] Verbum Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2018).

[2] Source of data for Topics section in Passage Guide - Faithlife Forums (logos.com) accessed 6/14/2021 1:25 PM

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