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Hypertext Bible Project

This page describes an online scholarly publishing project - the Hypertext Bible Project. It will link to resources produced by this project as they become available (currently the Amos commentary here), and to news of progress towards preparing new resources.

Contents

Aims

Projects

Hypertext Bible Dictionary (HBD)

Hypertext Bible Commentary (HBC)

News

Publications

Aims

The project intends to resource biblical scholarship and Bible study by publishing hypertext Bible commentaries and Bible Dictionary. This material will be hyperlinked, so enabling exploration, and will use the richness of multimedia information as well as text. Writers will:

The articles and commentary will be prepared by scholars and seminary teachers. Materials published by the project will be quality controlled through an academic peer review process. The basic material will be available freely online, while stable citable editions will be sold to libraries to fund the ongoing running costs. Funding is being sought to cover the start up costs.

Feedback on usability is sought from ordinary users of the provisional material.

Projects

Hypertext Bible Dictionary (HBD)

This Bible Dictionary is a reference work that makes biblical scholarship accessible online to undergraduate students and general readers. The resource offers original articles on books in the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and New Testament, and on individuals, groups, artifacts, locations, events, and institutions, as well as approaches to studying and interpreting the Bible text.

Articles are concise (usually no more than 1500 words in length, excluding bibliography); authoritative (subject to peer review and periodic revision); academic (descriptive and historical, not prescriptive and confessional); and introductory (giving an overview and recommending further reading).

For more details see this fuller description, or this list of terms requested or in progress. To volunteer to write an article please complete either the MS Word proposal form, or the Open Office one and email it to tim@carey.ac.nz.

Hypertext Bible Commentary (HBC)

Based on the experience of preparing the Amos "volume" and feedback from thousands of users of various stages of that material. These commentaries will aim to provide readers (whether experts or beginners) with information about the biblical text, its language, genre, and literary expression, where appropriate the historical and archaeological background. All material will be hyperlinked both to itself and to Bible Dictionary entries, enabling the user to explore the world of the text and its interpretation. Different authors will take different approaches to the text, and in the long term a variety of commentaries from a range of perspectives may be offered.

See the current version of the Writing for Hypertext Bible Commentary document for more detail, see Using KompoZer to prepare HBC_ for more technical details on the writing process.

See academic reviews and extracts of reviews of the Amos "volume".

News

News of progress and problems will be shared on a project blog.

Publications

So far only one commentary has been finished, reviewed and published. However this prototype commentary "contains" hundreds of articles that future commentaries will rely on the Dictionary to supply. Inviting authors to prepare dictionary articles has begun, and soon the first articles should begin to appear - some are already in the approval process, and others are being written.

Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary (stable, peer reviewed edition)