[sword-devel] Open Hebrew Lexicon.

Daniel Owens dhowens at pmbx.net
Sat Sep 3 19:46:07 MST 2011

Another project that sounds like what you are interested in doing is at 
http://www.textonline.org/hebrewaramaiclexicon. The project is fairly 
dormant right now, but in a year or so I hope to pick it up again and 
run with it. We are working from the lemma isolated by the Groves Center 
for the Westminster Hebrew Morphology, so when that SWORD module comes 
out it will mesh well with it. But we did start with Strongs as a 
beginning point for definitions.


On 09/03/2011 06:33 PM, David Troidl wrote:
> Hi Aaron,
> This sounds a lot like what I'm trying to do with my Hebrew Lexicon:
> https://github.com/openscriptures/HebrewLexicon
> Here's an example of the way I'm breaking down the information:
> H1254a. בָּרָא‎ bârâʼ, baw-raw'; [heb; v] a primitive root; ברא  
> (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 בָּרָא‎ 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 dictionary.
> Peace,
> David
> 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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