Monday, April 12, 2004

I often find other useful sites by seeing what else pops up in the search engine queries that lead people to my site. Here's an interesting note from one on "what is a 'pericope'?", though my use of that term for the Composite Gospel Index is perhaps slightly different.

I've been thinking the past few days about building on the CGI by defining groupings of pericopes into "situated texts", in other words a complete story, with a location, a time, and participants (though all these may not given, depending on the story). My notion of pericope (common text across one or more Gospels) requires a fairly narrow definition, which is how i wound up with about 350. But that often means a description of a single setting is divided. For example, Matt 15.1-20describes an interaction that starts out with the Pharisees questioning Jesus about ceremonial washing (pericopes 128, 129, and 130 in the Pericope Browser). Then the Lord addresses the crowd briefly on the subject, and finally answers a question from the disciples on the matter. I've called these three separate pericopes, because the participants and subject matter change (as does the physical setting in the parallel passages from Mark, when the disciples ask their question privately, in a house). But all three are part of the larger setting (for example, Matthew suggests all three take place at approximately the same time, though he doesn't provide any external time reference).

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Ruben Gomez was kind enough to post a few comments about SemanticBible at his Bible Software Review Weblog. He points out several Bible study programs including BibleWorks that incorporate the ability to construct sophisticated searches using the Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon.

Ruben makes a point about the morphological analysis behind the Hyper-concordance that bears repeating: "it is very important to make explicit what our presuppositions are." In fact, the more i reflect on the process of semantic annotation of Bible content (NTN being the first real start in that direction), the more i realize this is an important component. It is only once we formalize our semantics and use them to express thing with precision that we recognize how much we take for granted.

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