Passage Search in TALCs

by David Lemmons



For quite a few months I worked on this project as time allowed. Along with myself, I know that many of my brethren have copies of the Gospel-Advocate-produced Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentaries. I have 54 volumes and would love to have more. My goal in the project was to make a way to search through this massive amount of material produced by our brethren for passages which were dealt with in the weekly lessons. Some outstanding Bible students worked on these volumes, and there is value to that which they have written. How can we find what these men have written about a particular passage we might be studying, is the challenge.

I have gone through the 54 volumes in my possession and keyboarded the following information for each lesson (52 lessons) in each of the 54 volumes…

  1. The page number
  2. The title of the lesson
  3. The passage(s) dealt with
  4. Where possible, mentioning the Editor who wrote the material for each volume

The means I used to mark the passages (which is the most frequent way I will likely search the document) is to write out the entire passage, run together, with a prefix: “btc” (Bible Text Commentary). Example: btcLuke19.29-40   If you search for that in the PDF file available below, you will get at least one hit. There are so many different ways to abbreviate the Bible books that I decided at the beginning to use the entire name of the book and not to abbreviate it. Notice that I do not use the colon, but rather, the period to divide chapter from verse. I do NOT use Roman Numerals for the numbered books, but rather numerals (e.g., btc1Samuel). For the one-chapter books, I do use chapters (e.g., btcPhilemon1.5). I used the btc prefix because I use this material in an Evernote notebook and it seems to work better this way. There are many passages just given as a reference, without any discussion of them, in my Evernote files, so this was important for me in using the search function in Evernote. You can simply search any Bible text in this PDF document by using the function Control + F, and then use no spaces nor abbreviations for the reference (i.e, follow the info above). Since the only references that will be listed in this file are commentaries on the text, “btc” is not needed for your search.

I have been using this material in my teaching for a few years now, and have found it to be quite helpful. Perhaps it will be helpful to others who have access to these great books.

The document is 112 pages long and about 498 kb in size. YOU may download the PDF file by clicking H-E-R-E.