Elohim sense categorized as deity vs idol

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 11 2021 2:08 PM

Sean Boisen:
The annotation for the Bible Sense Lexicon was a multi-year project involving manual curation by several curators with advanced training in biblical languages: it's one of the largest investments we've made in annotating the meaning of the biblical text. So it was not done by program, and it certainly wasn't done arbitrarily. You can read more about the curation process and principles in Bible Sense Lexicon: Dataset Documentation.

Thank you for the helpful clarification. What a huge ongoing project! It really is an amazing tool.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 11 2021 4:50 PM

Biblical language is just not that consistent.  The meaning of any word in Hebrew or Greek is ultimately determined by context, and context, and also context.  That messes up a lot of great sermons, but 'tis true.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 11 2021 4:55 PM

David Paul wrote:  "I have some misgivings about these Logos categorizations. Maybe they are correct...but maybe they aren't. These text/context scenarios are certainly something which needs both interpretive attention and interpretive wisdom, but for FL to make the interpretive "choices" for customers and tell them, "This here is X, and that there is Y", just seems like a slippery slope. I see a few different potential problems."

Indeed, I agree with your misgivings.   

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 11 2021 5:59 PM

David Paul via Mike Childs:
but for FL to make the interpretive "choices" for customers and tell them, "This here is X, and that there is Y", just seems like a slippery slope

To avoid using FL interpretive choices, simply use nothing except text searches. Everything else is interpretation. What FL is attempting to do, with a handful of exceptions, is to say "the general consensus is that this is X"; the exceptions are where FL also shows alternatives that have significant support. If you followed the debate over the tag of "Holy Spirit" in the Old Testament, you would know that FL customers demand certain interpretive choices.

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 12 2021 10:11 AM

Mike Childs:

Biblical language is just not that consistent.  The meaning of any word in Hebrew or Greek is ultimately determined by context, and context, and also context.  That messes up a lot of great sermons, but 'tis true.

Absolutely true, and that's one of the most important features of the Bible Sense Lexicon: the senses were assigned based on context. Our goal was to go beyond lexicon-based identity (Strongs numbers, i'm looking at you) and instead annotate contextual lexical semantics. Now that Factbook supports search, you can see this clearly in the set of senses matching a term like "flesh". Many of these senses are expressed by the Greek word σάρξ (sarx): BSL lets you focus in a specific sense like "flesh (tissue)" (actual soft tissue of a body) as opposed to other uses of this Greek term, and also groups together other terms that express this sense (including the Hebrew Bible). 

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