[sword-devel] A Theological Question

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Wed Jun 10 06:47:30 MST 2009

Ted Janiszewski wrote:
> Alright, that clears up that bit about the <divineName> element.  When 
> I saw <divineName type='x-yhwh'> on p. 65, I thought that <divineName> 
> might encompass other types as well.
> What about this solution:
>     . . . <name type="nonhuman" regular="God">Father</name> and of the
>     <name type="person" regular="Jesus Christ">Son</name> and of the
>     <name type="nonhuman">Holy Spirit</name> . . .
Never really thought about what the regular attribute means or what the 
authors of OSIS intended. Perhaps, Chris can chime in.

This seems like a good use.

Regarding theology, most, including me, hold "...God in three persons, 
holy trinity..." and that Jesus is God.

So having nonhuman apply to Father is a strong theological statement. So 
is person = Son.
> Note that the attribute regular="Holy Spirit" would have been 
> redundant on the last name. 
> Also, are we correct in leaving the definite article outside the 
> element in this case?
I think that name should only encompass the name.
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM, DM Smith <dmsmith at crosswire.org 
> <mailto:dmsmith at crosswire.org>> wrote:
>     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 caps.
>     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 Spirit</name>
>     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
>     Spirit</name>
>     Hope this helps some.
>     In Him,
>       DM
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