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#1 Ben S

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 04:02 PM

Hello all. I'm new to this list, Accordance, and Mac, even. I'm buying a Macbook in a few months. I've used Bibleworks and Logos and looked at Accordance a good bit, and no one else has the NW Semitic Inscriptions available. Frankly, I need them :)

I'd like to know

a) if I can get a list of all the inscriptions it currently has?

B) if it will be updated soon (ie. within a year or so), as the teaser suggests, to Aramaic and other inscriptions?

c) How useful is this module if the only other thing if it's the only thing I can afford for the time being? ie., do I need BDB or something in Accordance for it to show up the right parsing and such?

Many thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:09 PM

Hi Ben--

a) if I can get a list of all the inscriptions it currently has?

B) if it will be updated soon (ie. within a year or so), as the teaser suggests, to Aramaic and other inscriptions?

FYI, you actually get four modules: one for Hebrew inscriptions, one for Northwest Semitic Inscriptions, and a module of English translations for each.

The Hebrew Inscriptions module includes 1277 lines of text from the following thirty six sites and authors* (i.e., unprovenanced): Amal, Arad, Areni, Aroer, Avigad*, Batash, Beersheba, Beth-shean, Khirbet Beit Lei, Beit Mirsim, En-gedi, Eshtemoa, Gezer, Gibeon, Hazor, Hesi, Ira, Jerusalem, Kuntillet 'Ajrud, Ketef Hinnom, Lachish, Mareshah, Meshash, Mesad Hashavyahu, Moussaieff*, Murabba'at, Naveh*, Ivory Pomegranate, Qasile, el-Qom, Ramat Rahel, Samaria, Siloam, Silwan, Susa, and Uza.

The Northwest Semitic Inscriptions module contains 838 lines of text from 55 inscriptions in Donner and Röllig's KAI, currently nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 50, 181, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 225, 226, 227, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 266, 286, 306, 309, 310, 312. It thus already covers the most important Aramaic, Phoenician, and Moabite texts as well difficult-to-classify texts such as those from Arslan Tash and Deir 'Alla.

The Index of Northwest Semitic Inscriptions module (like its counterpart for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Index of Qumran Manuscripts) is indispensable for background and bibliography on the latter.

c) How useful is this module if the only other thing if it's the only thing I can afford for the time being? ie., do I need BDB or something in Accordance for it to show up the right parsing and such?

It's tagged and has its own glossary, so you don't need a separate lexicon to be able to piece things together, but that being said, you'll still need something like Hoftijzer-Jongeling's Dictionary of the North-West Semitic Inscriptions for in-depth research.

But, basically, the inscriptions modules are quite useful on their own if you know what you're doing! You won't be sorry!

J. P.
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#3 Helen Brown

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:56 AM

No, I do not think any major upgrades are planned.
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