[sword-devel] Eusebian Canon Tables

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 16:29:09 MST 2013

Hi Troy,

BPBible already has a Harmony feature.  It shows in a separate window from
the main Bible text, and allows you to either read through the harmony like
a Genbook (seeing the section header in the harmony and the separate
passages in a table like in the one in your demo), or to look up a
particular scriptural reference in the Harmony.  You can also link the
harmony to your main Bible window so it will follow where you go (so long
as the verse is in the current Harmony).  The ones currently included are
Robertson's Harmony of the Gospels and the Composite Gospel Index.

I have wondered about including a feature to link into the harmony directly
from the main text (like you have with the Eusebian numbers) but wondered
where it would fit in.  The Eusebian number display looks relatively clean
and unobtrusive, but I think it is harder to display such additions
appropriately when you are not using verse per line (we would default to
paragraphing where the text supports it, and that would be one of the
reasons we have never had a margin - space would be another).

Do the Eusebian numbers support a total ordering?  In other words, could
you theoretically scroll through chronologically from start to end of
Jesus' life, or is it limited to "These three passages are linked together
as describing the same event"?

Hope that helps,

On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 3:34 AM, Troy A. Griffitts <scribe at crosswire.org>wrote:

> I'm working on a new data set and feature for the engine.
> Eusebian Canon Tables are numbers added by scribes to many NT manuscripts
> starting in the 4th century.  These tables allow cross referencing a
> passage in the Gospels with other parallel passages in the other Gospels.
>  There are 10 tables.  The first table has verses with parallels in all 4
> Gospels, the last table  (X) are verses with no parallels (thus there is no
> lookup table X).
> We have the data here at the INTF and I've imported it into a SWORD
> module.  It still has some cleanup which needs to be done, but basically
> here is a first look at how I'd picture this implemented in frontends:
> http://crosswire.org/study/**passagestudy.jsp?key=John<http://crosswire.org/study/passagestudy.jsp?key=John>
> Notice the number and table references on the left (or right if viewing an
> RtoL Bible).  This display is modeled after how these numbers are displayed
> in the Nestle-Aland Greek NT (which is modeled after how they are written
> in the margins by the ancient scribes). Clicking a number will do all the
> canon table lookups for you and show you the harmony passages next to each
> other.
> Any comments welcome.  Still cleaning things up but was far enough along
> to put the idea out there for frontend developers to start thinking about.
> Troy
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