[sword-devel] Virtual Library of Theology

Arthur Bolstad arthurbolstad at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jul 23 04:16:07 MST 2007


Your colleague is thinking but it looks like he has not done much
Biblical research.  One of the first questions we ask when investigating
a Bible verse is "How is that word used elsewhere?" So (a) is based on a
misunderstanding of how Pastor's (and specialized theologians) work. 

As far as (b) is concerned, I want desperately to reduce my book load so
the more on computer the better.  It is much better to have the material
(books) on my own computer rather than online (so they are always,
everywhere available).

Glad you are thinking and talking about the questions.

Art Bolstad

On Mon, 2007-07-23 at 11:32 +0200, Anja Hofmann wrote:
> Hello!
> To introduce myself, my name is Anja Hofmann and I am currently working
> at the University of Tuebingen on a project called "Virtual Library of
> Theology" while doing a PhD in computational linguistics. The website is
> www.virtheo.de (note: not all pages have been translated into English yet).
> Since May, I have been reading this list and I have shown the BibleCS
> tool and the Sword Web /BibleTool interface to my colleague responsible
> for the theological content.
> What I would love to do: adding a full text search over existing bibles
> and other theological texts, that allows users to view translations and
> originals in parallel and to access dictionary entries directly from the
> text.
> There would be one public search interface and one for university
> members (including databases with licence restrictions).
> My colleague listened to my ideas, but thought that
> a. theologians (and other users) would search mainly based on content,
> not on linguistic criteria (such as e.g. all verb forms of "to give").
> b. people would prefer to work with printed versions as they also need
> them for references.
> What are your experiences/opions?
> Thank you very much in advance.
> Yours sincerely,
> Anja Hofmann
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