[sword-devel] Open Hebrew Lexicon.
ninjaaron at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 13:26:54 MST 2011
Hi all. I'm a grad student in Bible at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, and I'm soon to finish my second degree in the discipline
exclusivity using Bible software based on the Sword Project (with very
occasional recourse to some of my friends' proprietary software for
advanced searches involving grammatical features). Thanks for that!
Anyway, I've been feeling like it's time to give something back. My
main field of interest Hebrew Language, and that is undoubtedly where I
would have the most to offer the project. I'm not a programmer (unless
you count bash!), but I am 'technically inclined,' and I have a little
experience with XML and a couple of markup standards, though not
specifically OSIS. I have thought about helping with the tagging on the
OSMHB module, and I would be very open to that.
However, my real interest is in producing a better Hebrew lexicon for
use with sword modules. I'm not thinking in terms of porting BDB or
something, but rather creating a new, open source work that could grow
and develop over time.
My thought was forking "Strong's Real Hebrew" (from the Xiphos repo),
and, first and foremost, adding definitions based on the different
stems(Strong's dictionary is almost unusable for any Hebrew verb that
appears in multiple stems), and also adding slightly more detailed
definitions. Initially, these would probably be heavily based on BDB,
but later, if the project can get more volunteers, adding up-to-date
information based on HALOT, TDOT, and various other sources, with
references (and I'm talking about summarizing information, not copying
text). This isn't a project I ever imagine being "finished," per se,
but something that could grow and change with scholarship, and perhaps
even eventually come to be considered as a worthwhile lexicon in it's
I realize this is all rather grandiose, considering that I've done,
well, nothing. I'm perfectly content to start out by simply adding
stem-based definitions to the Hebrew verbs in Strong's. This would go a
long way in improving usability.
So, what I need to know is the protocol for forking "Strong's Real
Hebrew," and the basics of developing Sword modules (including, among
other things, a good place to learn OSIS).
I may also attempt to maintain a plain-text or HTML version separately,
but the sword module is the first priority.
Thanks, and God bless,
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