I've categorized the names into the following types
other: languages, works, belief system, letter, supernatural beings
Though i've been studying the New Testament for 30 years, i was surprised how many names i couldn't remember ever having seen (once i got down into the rare ones). For example, Rephan?
Zipfs Law, refer back to previous post
Any endeavor like this is bound to have a few rough edges. While i've worked carefully to prevent errors, some may remain, including the following possibilities
- Some names may have been missed in the original lists i worked from
- I didn't validate the verses in which a given name was referenced
In addition, there are some ambiguities. In the Forum (or Market) of Appii, is Forum a location name?
A few Aramaic words are transliterated in the New Testament: for example, Jesus cries out on the cross "Eloi, Eloi", meaning "My God, my God" (Mark.15.34): i've treated this as not a name but a description. Likewise "Rabboni" (John.20.16)
The names of God, as well as other supernatural beings (pagan gods and Satan) are categorized as "other": for example, Moloch and Rephan in Acts.7.43.
Location names are sometimes formed from ordinary nouns: Golgotha is "Place of the Skull". But if it acts like a location, i treated it as one.
the "called" idiom (Mary Magdalene, or Mary called Magdalene)
Attributes can also function in name-like ways, for example, Boanerges or "Sons of Thunder".
I'm interested in building some visualizations of this data. For example, how about FOAS, for "Friend Of A Saint", namely who knew who in the New Testament? This can be easily approximated by linking any two names that occur in the same verse (though the geneologies in Matthew and Luke should be excepted). We all know about Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John. But there's a host of other, less-well-known names: who did Silvanus relate to? All that information should be straightforward.
Longer-term, i'd like to integrate some other biographical information from other resources. This is the kind of thing that RDF makes very extensible.
visualization along a line
Locations can also be
Ultimately, all this work is just one tiny step in the direction of more conceptual annotation of the Scriptures, which is the grand vision of the Semantically-Annotated New Testament (SemANT). That's still a distant dream, but every bit of progress helps clarify the rest of the journey.
the world's first bible rdf?
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