The BRIDGE Bible

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Bob Vorick
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The BRIDGE Bible

Post by Bob Vorick » February 16th, 2018, 12:13 am

Greetings,
I'm looking for a few good eyeballs (backed up by a solid grasp of Greek). I've spent considerable effort creating a flexible tool that generates unique original-language Bible study tools (Kindle, EPUB, and PDF), based on public domain texts. I'm looking for kindred spirits to participate in revising and improving these resources, either for their own use or for use by others. I would appreciate assistance by knowledgeable Greek scholars to examine and review the resulting materials, or to provide input and feedback regarding the format and appearance of the resulting documents. I could continue trying to explain it, or I can let it speak for itself. I created a website that contains more information and free examples than I could possibly provide here: sites.google.com/site/thebridgebible (in particular, see 1 Overview > 4 Products, especially the Reference Edition in the bottom half of the page). I'm looking for partners and opinions, so please offer your candid assessments and appraisals. I am well aware that the current formats may not appeal to everyone on this forum, but significant changes can easily be made, to suit your needs or those of someone else. What hasn't been easy is obtaining informed insight on content and design. Please let me know what you think, and if you want to participate in further development and dissemination of these or derivative resources.
Gratefully,
Bob Vorick

Jonathan Robie
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Re: The BRIDGE Bible

Post by Jonathan Robie » February 16th, 2018, 12:10 pm

Is there a reason that you don't transliterate the words in the original Greek sentences? I'm guessing that people who use this will pronounce the transliterated text and think they are reading a sentence when they are just reading a list of words as they would be found in a dictionary. If you are going to provide a transliteration, please transliterate the Greek sentences, with punctuation.

I'm also not sure how a beginner would use the information in these screens. I downloaded the Kindle edition of Philippians and clicked on the verse number for 1:3, which shows me this:

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I would much prefer contextual glosses like the ones we use for Nestle1904 (originally done by BibleHub), since they give some notion of the syntax, and I would prefer to spell out the parse codes so that even beginners start to get familiar with the basic ways we talk about Greek syntax. Instead of scattering information about each word, I would prefer to put the basic information about each word in a single row. Add transliteration and Strong's if you must, and perhaps add glosses from Mounce if you want to show the relationship between the meaning in context and what you might find in a lexicon. But with hyperlinks, who needs Strong's in this display? Why not provide Strong's numbers in the lexicon and save that space?

Here's the display I use in the greeksyntax module for similar information:

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ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
http://jonathanrobie.biblicalhumanities.org/

Bob Vorick
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Joined: February 11th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Location: Cary, IL

Re: The BRIDGE Bible

Post by Bob Vorick » February 16th, 2018, 4:10 pm

Thank you Jonathan, that is precisely the type of feedback I am looking for. I want to create something that is both original and useful, so your suggestions are very helpful.

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Re: The BRIDGE Bible

Post by Jonathan Robie » February 20th, 2018, 2:37 pm

Incidentally, I think Bill Mounce's interlinear is also a significant improvement on the usual approach, here is his interlinear for Philippians.
ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
http://jonathanrobie.biblicalhumanities.org/

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