Searching the Bible with BibleForge (part 1)

BibleForge is in the early stages of development, but it already has one of the most powerful search engines of any Bible study software.

BibleForge has a single search box which allows you to preform a variety of different types of searches. By simply typing in a word, for example, joy, BibleForge will find every occurrence of that word. But not only that, it will also find different word forms of that word, such as, joyful and joyfulness.

Searching for more than one word will find verses that have all of those words somewhere in the verse. If you search for in the beginning, it will find any verse that has all three of those words in it. You can also limit the search to only verse that contain that exact phrase by wrapping the words in double quotes, like this "in the beginning."

You can also customize your search with Boolean operators, AND, OR, and NOT. By default, AND is used, but if you look up Peter OR Simon, BibleForge will find any verse that has either of those two words. Using NOT will find verses that do not contain that specific words. Searching for Barnabas NOT Paul finds only verses that contain the word Barnabas but not Paul.

Another neat search feature is proximity searching. This allows you to find a group of words near each other. To do a proximaty search, all you need to do is wrap a group of words in double quotes, add a tilde (~) after them and type in how many words between them is allowed. For example, "God love"~3 will find any verse that has the words God and love within three words of each other.

Another helpful feature is the quorum searching. This will find a certain number of words from a group of words. This is very helpful when you can’t remember the exact wording of a verse. Quorum searching can be preformed by wrapping a group of words in double quotes and typing a slash (/) and then the number of words that need to be found. So, searching for "not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together"/5 will find Hebrews 10:25, even though not all of the words are found.

As you can see, BibleForge gives you a lot of flexibility and power. But this is just the basics. We’ll cover more search features in another post.

At the moment, none of these advanced search options are easily accessible to the user, but future version of BibleForge should make performing advanced searches easy and intuitive.

—Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth

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