At the end of second year Greek at TBS, Dr. Pierre Constant taught us how to phrase a text in Greek. It’s very easy and profoundly helpful. In third year Greek, he went a step further and taught us to give grammatical and semantic diagrams of the text based upon the Guthrie-Duvall model. This is indispensable when trying to trace an argument or when attempting to catch the flow of a discourse or narrative.
Now (pardon my drooling) Stanley Porter of McMaster – a Greek scholar par excellence – has started an online project akin to the diagramming that I learned at TBS. It is called OpenText.org and it looks absolutely fantastic [HT: Church Leader Links]. Exegeting the text just got all the more fun. Check out this example taken from 1 Thessalonians 1.
Here is the project overview:
The OpenText.org project is a web-based initiative to develop annotated Greek texts and tools for their analysis. The project aims both to serve, and to collaborate with, the scholarly community. Texts are annotated with various levels of linguistic information, such as text-critical, grammatical, semantic and discourse features.
Beginning with the New Testament, the project aims to construct a representative corpus of Hellenistic Greek to facilitate linguistic and literary research of these important documents. These texts are then annotated through the addition of linguistic and literary features (including marking morphological, syntactical and discourse elements) following a comprehensive model currently under development. The resulting texts can be viewed and searched on this site. It is hoped that interested users will collaborate in the correction and enhancement of this annotation, and become involved in the annotation process themselves.
The key features of the project are:
- texts annotated at distinct linguistic levels
- the use of an XML encoding scheme to mark-up texts
- an ‘open’ and collaborative approach to encourage the annotation and use of texts
- an on-line tool kit to allow searching and analysis of texts
- a forum to allow the exchange of ideas and to respond to requests for specific searches