[sword-devel] Oblique type and italic type (as used in the NKJV)

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Sun Jun 15 08:21:46 MST 2008

Though the New King James Version is not one for which Crosswire has a
copyright licensing agreement, I though it might be worthwhile sharing an
observation about the use of oblique type and italic type in the NKJV.  Who
knows, but that this might turn out to be significant in another context or
existing Bible version?

Examine NKJV Matthew 1 in BibleGateway, and read the footnotes.

a. Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in
the original Greek.
d. Words in oblique type in the New Testament are quoted from the Old

Emphasis mine. There are similar footnotes elsewhere like the first, but to
cover Hebrew and Aramaic in the OT.

Trouble is that most browsers do not distinguish properly between oblique
type and italic type. Nor does Rick Meyer's e-Sword application. There
again, there are some OT quotations in the NKJV NT that also contain words
added for clarity, which creates further ambiguities.

Suppose we were faced with a SWORD module which contained the same
ambiguity?  Does the OSIS markup cope with it?  And if so, does OSIS2MOD
deal with it correctly?

For information about oblique type, see 

-- David

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