[sword-devel] OSIS book abbreviations for Sword updated

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Mon Aug 27 04:53:34 MST 2012

Thanks for the heads up. I'll update JSword accordingly. Let me know if you think I should wait a bit for greater stability. I'm guessing that the Paratext abbreviations are reasonable abbreviations for user input?

Regarding the possibility of objections of inclusion: To me an osisID is of value if it might be in a SWORD module that conforms to BCV addressing. To SWORD and JSword it is just a normalized name that has robust lookup. Until it is part of a canon*.h (or JSword's equivalent) it is not of much use to a front-end.

In His Service,

On Aug 27, 2012, at 12:53 AM, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:

> I've updated the list of OSIS abbreviations at
> http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/OSIS_Book_Abbreviations
> These aren't strictly SBL abbreviations, so they aren't strictly OSIS identifiers, but those abbreviations that aren't official are SBL-abbreviation-inspired as much as possible within the parameters of legal Sword book identifiers. I'm planning to add all of the books on this list to Sword as our pool of Bible books, so please identify any books you would recommend adding or removing.
> The basic criteria for inclusion are:
> - appearance in any modern Bible accepted by any Christian church
> - appearance in any critical or scholarly edition of the Bible
> - appearance in biblical manuscripts or editions of historical
> 	significance
> - appearance in Paratext's book code set, plus those books recommended
> 	for inclusion by Neil Rees in the document linked from the
> 	wiki but minus those intended for private use (XXA-XXG) or used
> 	to identify non-biblical material (front matter, concordances,
>        etc.)
> In addition, since a significant portion of the apostolic fathers have been included in Bibles, I added all the apostolic fathers books to the list. (Five have to be included based on the above criteria. Another 14 have to be included to complete the set.) Including the full set of apostolic fathers in our Bible books pool will permit us to issue 'Bibles' consisting of just the apostolic fathers, as OLB & BibleWorks do. And we could conceivably start making references to the apostolic fathers as we currently do to the Bible and do apostolic fathers interlinears, etc. That said, I'm certainly will to hear objections to inclusion of the full set of apostolic fathers within our book pool.
> Some things that are strictly excluded:
> - The Ethiopic broader canon. (Identified here: http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/Talk:OSIS_Book_Abbreviations#Ethiopic_Broader_Canon) These books, though considered canonical are not considered biblical, by which I mean they aren't part of Bibles printed in this tradition. So they aren't Bible books by the above criteria. I'm not completely averse to adding them, but sources I could find on the broader canon weren't in sufficient agreement for me feel comfortable assigning identifiers without some input from someone in the community (meaning the Bible Society of Ethiopia, probably).
> - Pseudepigapha and Apocrypha that do not meet the above criteria
> - Books mentioned in lists of canonical books or stichometric catalogs that don't meet the above criteria
> Some books I'm still somewhat uncertain about are listed on the Talk page: http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/Talk:OSIS_Book_Abbreviations#Books_of_questionable_canonicity.2Fbiblicality
> In particular, there are claims that the Ascension of Isaiah and the Acts of Paul & Thecla belong to the Ethiopic & Armenian Orthodox biblical traditions, respectively. But I can find no concrete evidence of this. If you have reliable information on either of these, please speak up.
> --Chris
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