In today’s tutorial, we’re going to learn how to take a study project and use Scripture Notes to break it up into multiple related topics which you can then study individually (or together if you want for comparison purposes).
Log into Scripture Notes and open a search window and search for the word “nourish*” with an asterisk to get variations like “nourished” and “nourishing.”
For purposes of this tutorial, lets click the “Create CN” button on these search results, title the collection “Project-Nourish”, and save it. When we’re done we’ll delete this pane so it’s just a temporary note.
Close the search and search result panes.
Click on the Collection Note icon on the left menu. On the pane that opens up, click to create two new blank collection notes and then close the Collection Note pane you did that from.
You should now have three collection note windows open. The first with your search results, and the next two blank.
Now name the first blank note “What God nourishes” and the second one “What we nourish.” Your screen should look like this:
In the second and third note panes, expand them using the right pointing arrow to show the tag and category boxes. In both topic tag fields type the word Nourish and hit enter. This will put both notes under that topic in the tag tree.
No category is needed for this unless you later add something such as a video link, personal experience, or quote of some kind in the master note.
Now click the left pointing arrow to contract the notes and click save.
You only need to do this for the middle and right side panes if you’ll be finishing this exercise all at once. In fact, we didn’t need to convert the original search to a collection note if we were going to do this all in one sitting. We could have worked from the search results pane. Lets assume this might take more than one sitting just for training purposes so tag the first note with “Nourish” and in the master note field type “Project splitting out nourish into what God nourishes, and what we nourish.” Save it. When we’re done we’ll delete this note.
We will now begin to break up the verses from your search and assign them to one of these notes.
First, prep this column by dragging the horizontal bar to the top of the pane. Then press control (Windows) or command (Mac) and the “F” key to do a find in the browser window. Browsers may differ in how they display this but most should activate a Find window. Type “nourish” and all instances of that word should highlight. In some browsers you’ll need to click “Highlight All” in the search bar. Your first pane should now look something like this, with the master note box hiding, and nourish is very easy to see.
Look at the first result for Genesis 45:11. “And there will I nourish thee.” Who is the “I” who is nourishing? It’s hard to tell from this verse. Click to show the previous couple verses (the upward plus arrow) and you’ll see who is doing the talking. It’s Joseph in Egypt telling his brothers to go get their father and their families and he will take care of them through the famine. This is not God doing the nourishing so drag and drop it into the collection note called “What we nourish.”
As you add verses to these two collection notes, feel free to add comments to the master note as you go, or expand the note pane and type verse notes as well. To keep your workspace more tidy, expand the note pane on the left Collection Note (CN) and type verse notes in those fields before dragging them to the second or third CN.
Lets quickly drag and drop a few more verses into the collection notes. Drag Genesis 47:12 and 50:21 into the “What we nourish” box, then drag Isaiah 1:2 into the “What God nourishes” note area.
After dragging a verse over, click the minus button to delete it in the first pane. Later we’ll have a feature to make this easier.
Keep going and reading the verses as you go. If a verse just doesn’t fit either of the other collection notes, either delete it or create another collection note for that topic. When you are done, save both of the other CN’s and you can click the delete icon at the top of the first CN. You don’t need it again.
Now you have the two CN’s open that you want to study more in depth. Expand both of them if your monitor is large enough, so now you have two fully expanded windows where you see verses and verse notes.
Pick one to get started on and read through the verses, summarizing your thoughts in the master note area, and making any verse level notes that you want to. Repeat the process for the other CN. Periodically click on the Update button to save your progress on the CN’s. When you finish this project, delete the first CN by clicking the delete icon at the top of the pane.
If you open the notes up in the future, you can reorganize their positions by dragging and dropping them at the top of the pane.
Remember, the purpose of these tutorials is to show you how to use the program, not to have you think like me or just learn things I’ve learned. As a result, I’m not always going to tell you what I learned from an activity. I’m very interested in your experiences though. Please share your experience below. You may choose to do a different project or do the one I suggest if it sounds interesting to you. Soon, you will master the interface and be able to have your own grand adventures digging into the scriptures.
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