Using the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
( How to Use the K-Button )

1. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (henceforth, TSK) is a helpful tool that correlates every passage of Scripture to other passages that relate in one way or another. In order to make use of this tool, we must first enter into the Bible—where the bulk of the Blue Letter Bible's study tools are made available.

So first we enter a verse reference in the search tool on our home page (we'll be using John 1 for our example here) and then we simply click our mouse cursor on the Go to Verse button as shown below.

2. Now that we have arrived at the Bible page for the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we take note of the six square buttons to the immediate left of each verse (generally , , , , , and/or ). These link to our study tools and each is keyed with tools specific to the needs of its adjacent verse.

The -button is where our particular interest lies for this tutorial. This button will take us to the TSK information related to the verse in question (in this case, John 1:1). So click on the -button and we shall take a look at just what kind of information this tool will provide us.

3. The content of this page is divided in two pieces: first, the summary of correlations, followed directly by the full list of related verses. Pictured immediately below is the summary displayed for John 1:1.

Even if we forget how we got here, we can know for certain that this is the page of TSK references for John 1:1 because, well, that's the first bit of information with which we are presented after the title pronouncing that this is the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

4. The manner by which the TSK correlates passages is unique (and not always the most obvious or intuitive of methods), but it does supply some fantastic information and may serve to offer us a fresh perspective on a familiar text. The TSK links a word or phrase, kernelizing an idea, and by so doing hopes to shed new light on the Word by allowing other portions of Scripture to aid in the interpretation of the present selection.

This is no lexical concordance; the editors of the TSK are not concerned with tying words to their exact matches in other portions of Scripture (as others have accomplished such tasks admirably—a la Strong's concordance work) but instead, the editors offer a concordance of ideas, an index of thoughts. And so, each of these underlined words are the phrases around which the TSK builds its correlative framework.

Some examples that might help to demonstrate this concept are found right here in this passage. The TSK takes the phrase the beginning and provide us links to Genesis 1:1 and that most famous of beginnings. It also keys on the with from "the Word was with God" and ties this to John 1:18, which speaks of Christ being in the bosom of the Father and so being the only one to have ever seen the Father. Hopefully these examples will help to illuminate the mind of the TSK editors.

5. Below the display of the verse, which outlines which phrases from the verse will be keyed, we see a display of each selected phrase and the passages to which the TSK correlate them. The phrases are hot-linked and, if clicked upon, will take us further below on the page to a full outline of the phrase's particularly tied passages.

The verse references too are hot-linked and, if clicked upon, will allow us to read the exact words of the chosen passage.

6. The final part of this summary section that we will look at is this curious little button that says, "click to copy this page to clipboard."

After a single mouse-click on these words, the entire contents of this page are loaded into the computer's clipboard and are available for pasting (Ctrl+V) into whichever word processing program or text editor we are using (e.g., MS Word, WordPerfect, TextPad, etc.).

7. Now then, let's click on the phrase the beginning—either from John 1:1 verse or from the summary below it.

This will take us below to the presentation of all the passages of Scripture that TSK correlates to the beginning. This makes it convenient for us to get a quick glimpse of just what else Scripture might have to say on the matter at hand. As well, the Blue Letter Bible allows us the use of all their individual study tools for the passages it displays here—so we can really take our studies in any direction that suits us in the moment.

8. One final bit of which to take note is that for longer passages, while a few verses are displayed, they are rendered as but a preview (this is in order to keep a whole chapter of Scripture from monopolizing the page and distracting the student of Scripture from the original intent of his study path). In order to read the full passage, we can simply follow the link that says, "To see the remaining verses, go here."

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and have found it helpful in understanding the ins and outs of our correlative tool, the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.


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