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Emphasis scriptures answer the following question: What scripture blocks have a high concentration of a given word?
STEP 1 - "PROBING" THE TEXT
The standard works (From Genesis to The Articles of Faith) were scanned counting the number of occurances of each word in all 1-verse blocks (Gen. 1:1, Gen. 1:2, Gen. 1:3, etc.). Then, the scan was repeated counting the number of occurances of each word in all 2-verse blocks (Gen. 1:1-2, Gen. 1:2-3, Gen. 1:3-4, etc.), then 3-verse blocks, and so forth.
This scan looks for all:
As an example, let's focus on a single word and see how the process works. If we search for the word "plan" in Alma Chapter 12 starting in verse 21 we find the following results for each block length:
The shaded blocks satisfy either a or b in the criteria above.
STEP 2 - FINDING THE "BEST" BLOCK
Since many of the returned scripture blocks for a given word overlap, the data is filtered to return the block with the largest number of occurrences having the smallest number of verses. All other blocks that overlap the selected block are filtered out. Blocks that do not overlap are evaluated separately and are included as a separate item in the output.
If we apply this step to the example in Alma 12, we see that there are 2 pockets that don't overlap. The blocks with the highest number of occurrences of the word "plan" having the smallest number of verses are Alma 12:25-26 (3 occurances in 2 verses) and Alma 12:30-33 (4 occurances in 4 verses). The chart below shows the selected blocks and the overlapping blocks that are filtered out.
Using this process throughout the entire standard works for the word "plan", reveals 4 scripture blocks (totaling 12 verses) that meet the emphasis scripture criteria. These 4 scripture blocks contain the word a total of 14 times. So, in a matter of minutes we can read these 4 blocks and be exposed to 14 of the 46 occurances (over 30%) of the word "plan" in the scriptures. Next, we can search the chapters in which these emphasis scriptures are found to look for patterns and connections related to the idea. In this case, the two chapters that contain emphasis scripture are Alma Chapters 12 and 42. Alma 42 adds 4 more occurances of the word plan which increases our exposure to 18 out of 46 (almost 40%). Clearly these chapters are trying to teach us something about the plan.
The step 1 scan ignores the following words:
a, am, an, and, are, at, be, but, by, did, do, does, for, for, from, had, has, hath, have, he, her, hers, herself, him, himself, his, i, in, is, it, its, itself, me, mine, my, myself, nor, of, on, or, our, ours, ourselves, shall, shalt, she, should, so, that, the, thee, their, theirs, them, themselves, these, they, thine, this, those, thou, thy, thyself, to, unto, us, was, we, were, what, which, whichever, who, whoever, whom, whomever, whose, with, ye, yet, you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves
Each book in the standard works is scanned separately ignoring chapter boundaries. Multi-verse blocks do not cross book boundaries, but will cross chapter boundaries.
The process searches for exact matches of single words only. Future versions may be able to evaluate multi-word phrases or even be able to group different forms of the same word or related ideas.
The standard works contain roughly 70,000 scripture blocks that meet the emphasis scripture criteria for approximately 5,000 unique words.
Emphasis scriptures can be found either through the search tool (available in the main menu) or through the Word Frequency tool for any specific scripture verse.
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