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 this set of search results, title the collection “Project-Nourish”, and save it. When we’re done we’ll delete this note so it’s just a temporary note. You could work from the search results instead of creating this collection note, but I’m showing you this method so you can see how to do a project you might not complete in one sitting.
Close the search and search result panes.
Click on the Collection Note icon on the left menu. On the pane that opens up, click “Create CN” twice 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 all three note panes, expand them using the right pointing arrow to show the tag and category boxes. In the 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 on all 3.
We will now begin to break up the verses from your search (the first collection note) and assign them to one of these 2 permanent notes.
First, prep the first column by dragging the horizontal bar between the master note and verses, to the top of the pane. That maximizes the space the verses appear in so you can more easily work with this.
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. This is just for convenience to spot the main word of interest.
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 nourish (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” because it’s about personal responsibilities to our families.
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 basic verse notes as well. To keep your workspace more tidy, you could 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.
If you want to see more stuff on your screen, your browser has a built in zoom function. You could set your zoom to a smaller number to squeeze more on the screen. This sometimes breaks the panes a little bit if it goes too small, but you can adjust it to your liking. Access the zoom function in your browser menu. You can also access it quickly by holding down the control button on your keyboard and using the scroll wheel of your mouse to increase or decrease your zoom. Try it out and just get it back to 100% when you’re done.
Let’s 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. If you have to close your browser and resume work later, you can open all 3 CN’s from the CN pane, or the tag pane under Nourish.
You can reorganize their positions by dragging and dropping them at the top of the pane.
Once you finish getting verses out of the first CN, you can delete it and just work on the other two CN’s. 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.
What did you learn from this exercise? Please share a thought below. Maybe you did something different than I did. That’s great. The Scripture Notes interface is designed to be very flexible so you can approach the scriptures by different methods.
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