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  1. Brian K. Mitchell

    First searches in Accordance

    I've always envied Accordance users and the multitude of Semitic texts available to them! Now, that I too am an Accordance user I thought I might as well make an attempt at running a few queries. I welcome an suggestions and corrections as I start learning to make efficient use of Accordance. It's commonly known that the Shalshelet (accent/cantillation mark) occurs only four times in the Pentateuch/Torah. This is something also confirmed by popular literature on the subject: 1.Cantors Marshall Portnoy and Josee Wolf, The Art of Torah Cantillation pg. 61 2.James D. Price,Concordance of the Hebrew accents in the Hebrew Bible: Volume 1 pg 6. 3.Joshua R. Jacobson, Chanting the Hebrew Bible pg. 107-108 (Out, of his list of seven occurrences of the Shalshelet four are from the Pentateuch) Since, I already know how many times the Shalshelet should appear in the Pentateuch I thought this would be a great search to start with. So, here is my attempt: Opened, Accordance Selected the BHS-W4 Limited the Search range to the “Law” or the Pentateuch using the button bar above the text window. Click on “Window” heading on the menu bar at the top of the screen. A drop down window opened. Then selected “Character Palette” from the drop down window(Or the 5th choice from the top). In the character palette window I then selected the Yehudit (font) made sure that there was a check mark next to the “cantillation” option. Then, on the command line I entered: A wildcard period(.) followed by Shalshelet (I used the character palette to select it) Finally, I Hit enter Sure, enough Accordance brought back all four verses in the Torah/Pentateuch which contain the Shalshelet. That was great! Now, I know what people mean when they say Accordance is intuitive! I was able to run this query basically without typing any codes in, and with only an elementary knowledge of Accordance. Now, I am wondering if there is a way to distinguish between searches on the Shalshelet Gedolah and Shalshelet Ketanah?
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