[sword-devel] New data, new CrossWire project, HELP WANTED

Chris Burrell chris at burrell.me.uk
Wed Apr 21 16:07:07 MST 2010

Hi Daniel

I'm copying David IB from Tyndale House who is part of Tyndale House and
leading the data side of the project.

A couple of emails have circulated on this previously on our blogs, which
I've tried to capture (in part) on

I'm sure David IB will have more to input on this... I've copied his
original email below

THis is the best lookup lexicon to use for Hebrew interlinear - it is tagged
to Strongs, includes the pointed Hebrew and has an abbreviated BDB entry.
And the version downloadable from http://github.com/openscriptures has even
more corrections than mine. For all I know, it might finally be letter
perfect! THis version is also packaged in nice XML which can easily be
converted to any other DB format.

The equivalent lexicon at Crosswire for Greek is, I think, in a much better
state, and didn't need all the work the Hebrew did.

The version of the tagged OT text at http://github.com/openscriptures is
also in very good condition (prob better than the one at Crosswire). It
appears to only contain PD data - ie it doesn't include the more complete
morphology data which is copyrighted.

David IB

On 21 April 2010 23:22, Daniel Owens <dhowens at pmbx.net> wrote:

> Chris,
> I am not qualified to contribute code (though I lurk on sword-devel because
> of my module-creating disposition), but I am involved in producing content
> for the very purpose you mention. By the way, if you are at Tyndale House
> now, you may know Daniel Block. He is my PhD mentor at Wheaton College.
> There are two content areas with which I am involved and would be happy to
> collaborate on. One is Greek and Hebrew lexica. Currently at
> www.textonline.org we are involved in collaboratively producing a modern
> replacement for Strongs. We're starting with a Strongs base but hope to
> provide a basic and up-to-date modern equivalent to Holladay for Hebrew or
> Newman for Greek, except that they will be released under a creative commons
> license. The challenge is finding people to contribute quality entries with
> little or no possibility of accolades in the guild of biblical studies (and
> certainly no money!). The other project is a collaboratively produced
> morphologically tagged Hebrew text (see www.OpenScriptures.org). For that
> we are looking at Django and Pinax as the applications for collaborating on
> putting together the data. For me, the purpose of this is to fill a void of
> content for SWORD in order to serve the global church.
> I notice that full-text lexicons are part of the second phase of your plan.
> Is there any way we can begin to collaborate on that? I am open to your
> suggestions.
> Daniel
> On 4/21/2010 2:07 PM, Chris Burrell wrote:
>> *What is Tyndale STEP?*
>> Tyndale STEP is an offline and online Java web application which aims to
>> make ancient texts and maps as well as timeline data, genealogies, ...
>> accessible to everyone, scholar and non-scholar alike, so that the Bible is
>> illuminated by its full ancient context. [see roadmap below]. Tyndale House
>> will also distribute the online version to pastors in the third world, who
>> often can’t afford commercial Bible software.
>> A wiki page has been set up here:
>> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:TyndaleStep which has a lot more
>> information!
>> *Who are we looking for?*
>> We need lots of help!
>> • *Java developers*: this code base is mainly in Java so we can do with
>> all the help we can get!
>> • *User Interface designers*: there is currently a sketch of the user
>> interface, created more to prove a point. We need proper guidance to make
>> the software as user friendly and rich as possible
>> • *Data harvesters*: Tyndale House could do with a few extra pairs of
>> hands to helpcollate the data and make it available to the wider CrossWire
>> community
>> *How do I start?*
>> • Get in touch!
>> • Read through the wiki page:
>> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:TyndaleStep
>> • Build the code from:
>> http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:TyndaleStep_Build_Environment
>> • Check out our feature/bug repository:
>> http://crosswire.org/bugs/browse/TYNSTEP
>> • Have a look at the proof of concept sketches at
>> http://crosswire.org:8080/~chrisburrell/ <
>> http://crosswire.org:8080/%7Echrisburrell/> (including timelines and
>> interlinears on strong-tagged Bibles)
>> • Peruse the blogs mentioned on the wiki to get a feel for the data and
>> programming
>> As you can see, there’s plenty to do!
>> *What does the roadmap look like?*
>> */1st phase: build a multi-platform structure for standard Bible-study
>> tools:/*
>> • Bible texts, including original languages, translations and interlinears
>> • Language aids, including lookup-dictionaries concordance searches
>> • History tools, including an expandable timeline with scripture links
>> • Dictionary articles, culled from various sources and edited
>> */
>> /*
>> */2nd phase: add detailed geographic, historic & linguistic data/*
>> • Gazetteer of all named places, with short articles and links to pictures
>> • Co-ordinates of identifiable places to GoogleEarth
>> • Map overlays of high-ref 1:20,000 maps of pre-urbanised Palestine
>> • Flexible timelines which can be altered at key points of uncertainty
>> • Full-text lexicons linked to the lookup dictionaries in tagged texts
>> */3rd phase: add translation aids and links to modern publications/*
>> • different possible translations for words and passages
>> • differences in manuscripts, with evidence for each variant
>> • expositions in modern and older commentaries, articles and books
>> */4th phase: adds link to extra-biblical literature with searching:/*
>> • search other ancient literature for similar passages in a similar
>> context
>> • look up Greek and Hebrew words in other ancient literature
>> • view ancient texts with translations where possible
>> These tools will put centuries of research into the hands of non-scholars.
>> When the information is laid open like this, it is easy to see that the
>> Bible is well preserved and translated, reflecting historical events in real
>> places, and dealing with issues current in the ancient and modern work
>> alike.
>> If you have any more questions or want to get involved, please do let me
>> know!
>> Chris
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