Importing Bibles Challenge
Kevin P. Edgecomb has a new post on his Biblicalia Blog about his experiences trying to import the NETS (New English Translation of the Septuagint) into BibleWorks. He ends with this challenge:
So, Accordance users, do you have problems like these? Do these problems exist in Accordance? Can Accordance do the following?:
1.) Present a version in its own proper order within the normal context of searching and display
2.) Include subverses as full verses for searching, etc
3.) Accurately align all verses and subverses without mysterious glitches
4.) Utilize any system of book names one wishes
At this point, I’m seriously considering a complete switch. I could go Mac, and then have Accordance. I’ve heard it’s a zillion times better, anyway. My recent experience has pretty well pushed me over the edge. If anyone has any experience with importing and mapping Bible versions in Accordance, I’d love to hear from you.
Of course the NETS is available in Accordance and it does correctly line up with any other Bible version. It does appear in its own order of books and verses, and, if you uncheck English Book Names in Set Text display, it uses its native book names. Subverses should appear correctly within a verse, but we are not set up to specifically align them.
Now, we agree with Kevin that the alignment of the Hebrew Bible with the Septuagint and any of its translations is always very difficult. All this takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work by the programmers and the developers who prepare the text. These features are not available for User Bible imports, which basically have to conform to the KJV verses and are intended for simple texts. So, it would not be any easier for a user to import NETS into Accordance, but there is no need to do so.
Kevin invites our users to go over and comment on his blog, so, please, step up to the mark.
And, by the way, Kevin, you can run Accordance on your PC, it just isn't as pretty as running it on a Mac.