Verbum 9 Tip 9q: Personal letters

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Personal Letters – reference form

From Verbum Help:

Personal Letters Section

This section lists personal letters related to the guide’s key reference or topic.

Note: some personal letters may not be displayed in the results because this section only returns resources that have been tagged as personal letters and some resources may be missing that tag. See Searchable Labels for more information.[1]


Prerequisite reading: none

Resources included:

The criterion for inclusion is the presence of a {Label Personal Letter} label. In my library, only 43 of the 130 resources of type:letters contain the label (33%). However, 348 resources contain the label. In other words, the letters are spread across many types of resources.

Use a search for {Label Personal Letter} against all resources should give you a complete list of letter-labeled resources in your library.

P17-1 Label Letter Resources

Section heading bar

The section heading bar contains no setting to limit the resources scanned nor does it provide for a save as bibliography option – only copy. Thus, it is a standard section heading bar with the expected preview/open of Verbum Help as its only variable feature:

P17-2 Letter Preview



The data is so sparse for letter labels with a Bible reference that some features of the contents may not be visible.

P17-3 Letter Content


  • Author with letter count
  • Letter/article title
  • Bible reference

Interactions on data


Visual cue

Data element



Arrowhead (triangle)

Author with letter count


Expand/contract the section below the heading

Blue text



Expand to see additional results

Blue text

Letter title


Opens standard letter preview popup.(1)


Opens the resource containing the letter to the beginning of the letter from title (1)

Right click

Opens a Context Menu

Drag and drop

Opens the resource containing the letter in the pane of the users’ choice to the beginning of the letter (1)

Blue text

Bible reference


Preview popup of the passage in your highest priority Bible containing the passage (2)


Opens the highest priority Bible to the designated passage in a new panel. (2)

Right click

Opens a limited Context Menu.


Opens the highest priority Bible to the designated passage in a new panel in a pane of your choice. (2)

(1) Letter preview and view

P17-4 Letter View

(2) Bible reference preview and view

P17-5 Bible View


A search on the label will provide the same results as the guide. In this case the search argument is {Label Personal Letter WHERE References ~ <Gen-Rev>}.

P17-6 Search

Supplemental materials


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

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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