Given that I’m teaching a unit on Hebrew exegesis of 1-2 Samuel next semester, I wanted to provide some vocab lists for myself and the students, so that before the unit starts, we can improve our grasp of the rarer vocab in the particular chapters that we’re focusing on. Here’s the process I followed:
1) Think: Logos should be able to do easily customisable original language vocab lists, perhaps even putting them in the form of electronic flashcards.
2) Remember: I don’t really know how to make the most of Logos’ capabilities. Wait, Jon’s good at Logos. I’ll ask Jon.
3) Seek help from Jon. Jon provides the following info:
- To create a list of all vocab in the relevant chapters is straight forward: create a new Word List document, call it “1-2Sam vocab” then click Add, change the selected bible to LHB, and type in each of the blocks of chapters we’re studying and press enter….
- Create another new list called something like “All Hebrew Vocab” and in the add box type “Genesis-Malachi”, this could take 5-10 minutes and Logos might look like it has frozen, but just wait it out. When it’s done you have a list of all the vocab in the OT sorted by frequency.
- Make a copy of this list by creating a new word list and clicking Add; words from another word list; and clicking “All Hebrew Vocab”.
- Name this list “Hebrew Vocab < 70” or something similar. Make sure the list is sorted by “Count” (=frequency), select the top word and then scroll down shift-click the last word with 71 occurrences to select all the common words, right-click the selection; Delete rows. Now you have a list with all words in the OT with <=70 occurrences.
- Now click Merge, Intersection and select the “1-2Sam vocal” list, this should result in a new list with words in those chapters that occur <=70 times in the OT.
- You can export that to a spreadsheet or whatever format you think is most useful to send around.
4) Attempt the above. Fail to achieve required results.
5) Get Frustrated. Give up. Send failed results to Jon.
6) Jon does it, and sends the correct results to me. Turns out one issue was that “Genesis-Malachi” doesn’t catch all of the data in a Hebrew language Bible, because, of course, it’s arranged differently.
7) Think: Logos should develop an easy way to do this, which automatically converts the results into a pre-fabricated Android/iPhone flashcard element of the Logos app.