Introducing the OpenText.org Project

The biblical languages are a very significant part of studying the Scripture at a serious level. Detailed attention to its original form shows admiration and respect for its authority. For these reasons, we have chosen to make the biblical languages one of the emphases of this blog. The present post addresses an important development in the study of Hellenestic Greek–the form of Greek in which the New Testament was written.

Students of the New Testament in general and Greek students, in particular (studying at the intermediate level), should be introduced early on to the OpenText.org project. Unlike previous annotations which have focused their analysis at the word-level (enabling a variety of word searches and concordance functions), the OpenText.org project has annotated the Greek New Testament at the word-group, clause and (on a much smaller scale) paragraph levels.

The word group annotation offers a display of syntactic relations of dependency, dealing with Greek head terms and their modifiers. For an introduction to the word-group annotation.

The clause annotation gives analysis to clause structure and components such as Subject, Predicator, Complement and Adjunct. On the clause analysis.

There is also a functional display which, in addition to morphological categories, offers analysis of semantic domains (which begins to approach paragraph level annotation), markedness and thematic word order. The semantic domain analysis is particularly new ground in terms of search and analysis capabilities. On the value of semantic domains for the OpenText.org project and for the study of the Greek New Testament.

A forum has also recently been added to the website for discussion of the materials and as an environment that questions about the model and annotation can be raised. Extra-biblical materials are slowly being added to the database and a free web-based search engine will soon be available. For now, the database can be searched in the newest addition of Logos Bible software. Their blog is especially helpful for illustrating practically some of the searches that came be done with these databases.

The OpenText.org project has plotted new ground in the linguistic and syntactic study of the Greek New Testament and should be consulted by all with interest in these areas.

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