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Dr. Charles A. Wootten | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, May 14 2021 11:04 AM

For several years I've used the Passage Guide Illustrations tool to generates a wordle based on the passage under study. I think this is a very good attention getter while reading the passage to a group.

Every once in a while it inserts words that have nothing to do with the passage. I've not taken the time until now to query as to the thinking behind its workings.

The passage I'm using today is EXODUS 12:43-51, The Ordinance of the Passover. The wordle that is generated comes up with the following that seem to have nothing to do with this segment.

birth, congregation, crucifixion, hiring, money, the Jews, types.

"Hiring" should be "hired" and the link to "types" sends me to the Dictionary of 7700 Illustrations discussing belief in 2 types of demons. "Aliens" link sends me to "illegal aliens." Circumcised and Uncircumcised is not listed at all.  "The Jews" is anachronistic and the 2 links are laughable. Moses is listed but not Aaron. Freedom is not listed at all.

I understand the insertion of "the Lord's Supper" into this list, but in my case it's irrelevant as the study focus is only on the historical aspect in an academic context dealing only with the language that is there and anything previous (not later) that impacts the scene.

I said all that as a typical example to ask the question, "How does this tool select what it does?" Sometimes it generates relevant data, but many times the data is irrelevant.

Because I cannot subtract anything from the results, I often revert to a Wordle utility that I found "out there." However, it takes a while to make it nice.

thanX!!

God bless

{charley}

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 14 2021 5:08 PM

Dr. Charles A. Wootten:
I understand the insertion of "the Lord's Supper" into this list, but in my case it's irrelevant

I couldn't figure the inclusion of "crucifixion" until I thought about "you shall not break any of its bones" (v.46) and saw that it had an xref to Jn 19:36. Very clever, as is "Communion" and "Lord's Supper". All are linked to an "Illustrations" resource. So we have the choice about relevance to our study, but it may be the linked Illustration that is irrelevant.

Dr. Charles A. Wootten:
"How does this tool select what it does?"

"types" is the only one that I question.

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Dr. Charles A. Wootten | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 15 2021 7:55 AM

Dave, Agreed on the illustrations and types being irrelevant. I appreciate the response!

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