Question about cross reference feature

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Steve Bentley | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 3 2022 7:53 PM

In a scripture passage, often there is a little letter at the beginning of the passage, indicating that there is a cross reference.

For example: In John 15:4, there is a "d" at the beginning of the passage. If you click on the "d", the cross references show up as "John 17:23; Eph. 3:17; [Col. 1:23]".

What do the brackets "[" around Col. 1:23 mean?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 3 2022 9:17 PM

Depends upon the version you are using. Which version are you asking about?

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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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2022 12:20 AM

I believe this is referring to the NKJV - but there doesn't seen to be any explanation there as to what it means

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2022 12:39 AM

A likely answer:

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 I've been able to find something about square brackets from Thomas Nelson's other bibles, I am assuming this philosophy is consistent across all of their bibles

Cross-References. In addition to the references under many of the text subheadings, an extensive set of cross-references is included in the center of the bottom part of each page. (Placing the cross-references at the bottom allows for wider text column at the top, enhancing readability of the text.) Cross-references that are enclosed in square brackets identify passages similar in concept to the referenced passage in the text. The cross-references are indicated in the text by raised letters.

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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Steve Bentley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2022 6:19 AM

NKJV

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