Brian W. Davidson

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I want to demonstrate a particularly useful, quick search method in Accordance. It’s particularly noteworthy because of of the combination of how easy it is to run and how significant and useful the results are.

This morning, I was reading Luke 21, and a couple words stood out to me. Here’s the verse:

Luke 21:22 ὅτι ἡμέραι ἐκδικήσεως αὗταί εἰσιν τοῦ πλησθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα.

I immediately wondered where the two bold words might show up in the Old Testament, but I wanted to search across all my other Greek texts, too.

The simplest way to run this search was to highlight the two words, two-finger click on them (right-click), and select Research > Primary Texts. “Primary Texts” is a custom user group I made that contains all the texts I would ever be interested in searching when reading.

This immediately surfaced what I was looking for:

Notice it didn’t just search for the word forms as they appear in the text of Luke 21:22. It searched for all forms of the two words in succession. Clicking ⌘+⌥+M maximizes the word usage pane and you can see there were also hits in Hippolytus and Philo.

Here is a complete list of Greek texts that were searched:

  • Rahlfs LXX
  • NA28
  • Apocryphal Acts, Apocalypses, & Gospels
  • Greek Apologists
  • Apostolic Fathers
  • Athanasius
  • Basil
  • Desert Father
  • Epictetus
  • Eusebius
  • Greek Judean Desert Manuscripts
  • Gregory of Nazianzus
  • Gregory of Nyssa
  • Hippolytus
  • Josephus

I made the mental note that the words were significant and connected to significant OT passages regarding judgement. Now, if I want to come back to it later I can.

One additional note: I always have that word usage tab open anyway so this was no disruption to my workspace. When I live-click a word, it looks up all instances of that word in the Primary Text collection, which has a lot more than Greek texts in it. If you want more info on this live-click or how a use the word usage tab, you can check out the video posted here.