[sword-devel] Open Hebrew Lexicon.

David Troidl DavidTroidl at aol.com
Sat Sep 3 16:33:19 MST 2011

Hi Aaron,

This sounds a lot like what I'm trying to do with my Hebrew Lexicon:

Here's an example of the way I'm breaking down the information:

H1254a. ??????? bârâ?, baw-raw'; [heb; v] a primitive root; ???  
(absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed 
(as formative processes):---choose, create (creator), cut down, 
dispatch, do, make (fat).

BDB:  + I ??????? shape, create
Qal Pf.---shape, fashion, create
Niph.---/Pass/. 1. be created 2. with reference to birth 3. of something 
new, astonishing
Pi. 1. cut down 2. cut out

TWOT: 278, Page 135, Status: base.

At the top is the basic Strong data.  After the BDB is the information 
from BDB, which is all I really have available.  There is room for other 
elements, and you could add data to what is already there.  The schema 
is contained in the download package, and should be easily transformed 
into whatever format is necessary for a SWORD module.

I hope this will give you a better starting point than just the Strong's 



On 9/3/2011 4:26 PM, Aaron Christianson wrote:
> 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 
> own right.
> 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,
> Aaron
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