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.