For those of you who have not yet discovered Biblearc, now may be a good time to check it out. Biblearc is a handy tool for semantic and thought flow diagramming of Biblical passages, which is often a very helpful step in exegesis. I teach various kind of sentence diagramming in my exegesis classes, and I usually use BibleArc as a quick way of demonstrating some of the tools available.
They have recently updated their webapp with some significant improvements that make it much more usable. My favorites include:
- The addition of WLC, NA27 and the new SBL Greek New Testament as primary language resources.
- A brand new and fairly decent syntax diagramming component. I had a little trouble getting certain words and components to “stick,” and I’m not sure yet how to diagram subordinate clauses (though I’m sure that’s because I refused to read the directions), but it’s actually pretty slick, especially if you don’t want to shell out a lot of $$$ for similar functionality in Bibleworks or Logos.
- A radically new look that is both easier and more functional. It now looks like a modern webapp. Kudos to the designer!
- The addition of BDB and Thayer’s is nice, as is the parsing module. Thayer’s is no substitute for BDAG, though.
- Easier sharing and printing. But there is no way to save as PDF or PNG, which would have been nice.
Rod Decker has compiled a list of typical fonts that support Polytonic Greek. Under normal circumstances you should pick the font that is most convenient, but for things you expect to reuse or publish, I recommend Gentium or SBL.
If you’re looking for Bible Applications for your Android phone/tablet/device, and especially if you are in the market for Greek/Hebrew applications, then check out this post.
Here’s the really cool bit. Because they are providing the text in plain text, as well as other formats like PDF and XML, people have the freedom to play around with this stuff. What does that mean? It means you are not limited to Logos software (though that is available, and they have promised a free download for Logos on the iPhone). You can, for example, load a PDF onto Apple’s iBooks, and I’m sure a Kindle version is just around the corner.
And, within a couple of hours, Michael Hanel has already got a working copy running in Bibleworks, so grab that here.
For those who want to play around with the text for further distribution, you can find the license terms here. They are pretty lenient.
This is awesome stuff!
Yes you read that right. And if you are a regular follower of Nerdlets you can appreciate why this is significant. Up to this point there are no up-to-date critical editions of the Greek NT that are digital, freely available, and web/font friendly.
The announcement comes from Mike Holmes, the editor of this GNT, at Evangelical Textual Criticism. The text is being produced in partnership with Logos Bible Software and the Society of Biblical Literature. The details are available here.
- Digital and Print Editions will be available
- Unicode (this is important. For an introduction to Unicode, and why it is important in biblical studies, see here.)
- Semi-open, liberal licensing? You be the judge. I am basing that on this paragraph: “In addition to granting professors and students permission to use the SBLGNT freely in their writings, the End-User License Agreement encourages the development of new electronic and print products based on the SBLGNT through a liberal permission and licensing policy.” That seems to follow the same pattern as other SBL rescources, like there fonts, which are freely distributed, and which users are allowed to modify and distribute as they desire. It would be helpful to get clarity on this, though. Perhaps one of the Creative Commons licenses should be selected for it? This one seems appropriate.
In short, this is all kinds of awesome. Thanks to Mike, SBL, and Logos!