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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 15 2020 5:10 PM

Logos/Verbum tools are highly skewed to particular types of exegeis (interpretation, hermeneutics, sermon writing, et. al.). This is not a criticism because the bias to which I refer is the natural result of (a) what the early Bible applications were capable of doing, (b) what the computer is best at doing and (c) somewhat limited application of AI because of the lack of consensus in the evaluation of results. However, Logos/Verbum resources on exegesis (interpretation, hermeneutics, et. al.) are reasonably balanced. The problem is translating the actions recommended in the resources into actions applied to the Biblical text.

I suggest a two-pronged approach:

  • For the top selling/top seminary use resources in Logos/Verbum, produce work flows that follow the method in the resource. Personal bias: on the Verbum side, this must include the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church with the commentary Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture by Peter S. Williamson
  • Creation of an index for the methodological resources, mapping the methods across (a) work product and (b) methodologies using the work product. For each work product, the user should be able to see the following information:
    • the common names of the work product
    • data it uses - and where to find that data in Logos/Verbum
    • information it displays - tools in Logos/Verbum that help get you there
    • resources describing/showing how to get from input to output
    • value added of the work product i.e. what does it show you that you didn't already know.
    • types of criticism that require this new information


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