Interesting Resource for Bible Students/Scholars
Posted 02 October 2006 - 11:03 PM
Interesting concept. Not so sure how accepted it will be. What do you think? Check it out at:
B.S. (Education, Bryan College)
Th.M. (Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary)
M.A., Ph.D. (Classical Philosophy, University of Dallas)
Theology Teacher, FBCA
Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:10 AM
Thanks for the info. Looks fascinating and promising at first glance, until I realised that the titles on offer appear to be old, out of print, and public domain. Or at least, that's the impression I got from the tour.
The thing that will probably frustrate most people who are used to the functionality and ease of use of Accordance is that the texts appear as scans, and are therefore only useful for reading, for visual information: they cannot be copied and pasted.
Note also that not all of the titles allow searching within the body of the book, although they do say that they will be adding this feature to more and more titles in time. For me this is the killer app. If I'm researching the problem of evil I want to be able to search through the body of the book, not just a list of titles.
Now if all these wonderful resources were to be fully OCR-ed that would be a different matter. Still, it could be a great resource. IMHO one to watch.
P.S. I don't know what the exact relationship is with Logos, but it doesn't look like any modern titles/Logos modules are available. ???
Edited by Alistair, 03 October 2006 - 05:12 AM.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 06:53 PM
Again, awesome idea and concept, would be so much sweeter if actually modules were included.
Edited by Gregory Dietrich, 03 October 2006 - 06:53 PM.
G. A. Dietrich
Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:35 PM
It's an interesting project, but as others have said, I wouldn't be interested in it. It seems like it would consume more time than it would save and the cost-benefit isn't there.
Edited by Robb Brunansky, 03 October 2006 - 08:36 PM.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 12:18 PM
I don't wish to sound mean but I would have thought that a place with the reputation (and resources?) of DTS could do a lot better than this.
Edited by Alistair, 04 October 2006 - 12:21 PM.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 12:20 PM
Possibly of interest, some of the scans show the books have been stamped as coming out of a library at Dallas Seminary. Is this indicative of some kind of relationship with Dallas? Anyone care to guess??
Alistair, see my post above. I believe this is a scan of the DTS library (possibly all the public domain books).
Posted 05 October 2006 - 04:27 AM
A step forward would be to OCR the scans into searchable, copiable and pastable text.
Not all books are equal.
Free/public domain doesn't always mean its good.
Neither does it mean that its bad.
Anyway, one to watch, it could develop into something really good.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 05:12 AM
1 Searching "problem of evil" gets zero results.
2 Searching "evil" produces a list of results, including "The problem of evil: seven lectures", which of course should have been found in the first search.
3 Clicking on this book title crashes Safari.
1 It doesn't work
2 It isn't stable
Browsing titles didn't present any problems, however.
So, still plenty of room for improvement.
Edited by Alistair, 05 October 2006 - 05:14 AM.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:06 PM
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