[sword-devel] A Theological Question
dmsmith at crosswire.org
Tue Jun 9 09:37:11 MST 2009
Ted Janiszewski wrote:
> Here's a question not entirely clear in the current OSIS manual that
> has been bothering me:
> Given the use of <name type="person">, <name type="nonhuman">, and
> <divineName> elements, how should one mark up Matthew 28:16?
> Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
> the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .
As Peter pointed out <divineName> is used for the Hebrew words YHWH,
which is translated into Lord, God and Yah. Not all Lord or God are such
a translation. The SWORD engine will try to render the content as small
The name element is used to identify names. There are a couple of
predefined values, but none seem to be appropriate for God, Jesus, the
Holy Spirit (the other divine names) or for the demonic.
IMHO, theologically, a single value classification is not quite
appropriate for God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
Where the choice of a predefined type is not deemed appropriate, one can
do one of two things:
1) Use no type.
<name>Father</name> and of the <name>Son</name> and of the <name>Holy
2) Roll your own type:
<name type="x-God">Father</name> and of the <name
type="x-Jesus">Son</name> and of the <name type="x-Spirit">Holy
Hope this helps some.
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