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Synopsis Window

BibleWorks features a tool to show you the same stories in parallel texts throughout the Bible. These instructions are for working with the Synopsis of the Four Gospels.

Opening the Synopsis Window

To open the Synopsis Window in BibleWorks 8,

  1. Go to the Tools menu in BibleWorks.
  2. Click on "Viewing the Text," then "Synopsis Window."

The BibleWorks Synopsis Window will open at the verse that is presently displayed in your Browse Window.

You can also click the synopsis button on the button bar.


Changing the Bible Versions Displayed

To change the Bible versions you are viewing,

  1. Go to the File menu in the Synopsis Window.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. At the top of your window, you will see a line of code that says: /Versions NAU NAU NAU NAU. This tells you that the New American Standard (1995) version is set to display for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.The /Display NAU tells you that just the NAU will be displayed in the window.
  4. Change these four version codes to whatever alternative version you would like. For instance, you could change the line to /Versions NRS NRS NRS NRS.Then either add NRS to the /Display code to have both the NRS and NAU displayed. If you would only like the NRS displayed, change that to NRS as well. SynopsisEdit.png
  5. Click File > Run. You should now see your synoptic verses displayed in the version you have specified.
  6. When you go to close the Synopsis window, you will be told that the synopsis file has changed and asked if you want to save it.
  7. Select Yes to keep the changes you've made. You will be prompted to either re-name the existing file or simply overwrite the file titled, "aland."
  8. Select No if you would like the Synopsis window to revert to its default settings after you close it.

Seeing a Synopsis of the Gospels in Greek

To see the Gospels in Greek,

  1. Go to the File menu in the Synopsis Window.
  2. Click Open, and choose aland (greek) from file choices.
  3. Click Open. Greek should now display in the Synopsis Window.
  4. Alternatively, you can change your /Version and /Display (as explained above) to BGT to also display the Gospels in Greek.

Finding Particular Verses

To go to a particular verse,

  1. Go to the View menu in the Synopsis Window.
  2. Click Find Verse and fill in the verse you want to see. If that verse has parallels in the other gospels, these will show up as well.

Opening an Analysis Window in the Synopsis Window

To see the Analysis Window while you are in the Synopsis,

  1. Go to the View menu in the Synopsis Window, and click Analysis Window.

More Help

To learn more about the Synopsis Window,

  1. Click on the Help menu in the Synopsis Window.

This will open BibleWorks help at its Synopsis Window section.

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