BibleWorks 10 - User LexiconWritten by Michael Hanel on April 20th, 2015
One of the great things about books (real paper ones), is that you can take notes in the margins, highlight things, circle important ideas, etc. Although there are various ways to replicate this digitally, I’ve always thought that when it comes to lexicons, there was something even more powerful that could be done. What if I want to combine information from multiple lexica into one resource? I could always add a note in BDAG, that says, “see Kittel here,” but then I still need to flip back and forth from one book to the next.
BibleWorks 10’s answer to this is the creation of a user lexicon. With the user lexicon, users can create their own lexica, taking information from various sources and putting it all together in one place. So for instance, if you like some things that are from Danker’s Concise Greek-English Lexicon, but there was also a good note you wanted from BDAG or some other lexicon. You could now copy those sections that you want and put them all in an entry that you create and manage for any given word or lemma.
For pastors and scholars who do word studies, this is an easy way to keep track of all that work that you’ve done and keep it in one place, so you don’t always have to go looking around for that one word study you did back in Seminary.
Or maybe you hear a good sermon or read a good journal article on a particular word. Previously you could perhaps make note of this in BibleWorks in a user note at a given chapter or verse in the Bible, but what if the thought pertained more to a word itself. By using the user lexicon, you can quickly find this information which you might otherwise not think about because it’s buried in a chapter note in some other book of the Bible.