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Project Watch: Postmodern Bible Commentary

I found out about it through Hypertext and Publication in Biblical Studies, an article written by Tim Bulkeley and posted to the SBL Forum. Thank you to fellow bloggers Torrey Seland, Mark Goodacre, and Jim Davila for pointing me to the new articles.

Tim's piece is well worth reading. Here is an excerpt from his conclusion:

(...) the ubiquity of many electronic media has to date had little impact on our professional writing (...) By contrast the gradual move from text to hypertext introduces huge potential changes. The broad hypertext universes of Libronix and other Memex-like systems will enable a new and potentially more comprehensive context for writing and reading as links to reference works and journal articles become more than footnoted appendages that the reader requires significant commitment to follow. In doing this these systems mitigate, but do not solve the problem of exponentially increasing information. On the other hand the accessible hypertext of the Amos commentary, and the Hypertext Bible Commentary & Encyclopaedia project springing from it, offer a new way for the guild to address and interact with our wider public, and also suggest new forms for the ways we present our ideas to each other.

The project he refers to is the Postmodern Bible Commentary, which is defined as "Bible study online - interactive commentary for serious Bible study including over 1000 sound & picture files. The Amos commentary is the trial prototype for a series of commentaries covering the whole Bible text. Written by established scholars - a new resource for online biblical studies."

So far, the book of Amos is the only one available, but the project certainly looks promising. Check it out and you'll see how powerful hyperlinking can be, and how it can change the traditional layout of a Bible commentary.


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