Verbum 9 Tip 9s: Systematic theologies

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Systematic Theologies – reference form

From Verbum Help:

Systematic Theologies Section

This section is structured similarly to the Grammars section, and is included in the Passage Guide.

The Systematic Theologies section is a classification of cross references to classical works. It can be sorted by Subject or Resource.

•     Sorting by Subject groups the results by relevant study first, and then tradition.

•     Sorting by Resource groups the resources under their respective tradition first, and then study.

Regardless of sort type, hovering over the title of a particular study will dispaly a brief description.[1]

 

Prerequisite reading: Brannan, Rick, and Peter Venable. Systematic Theology Cross-References: Dataset Documentation. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015.

Resources included: Systematic Theology Cross-References: Dataset Documentation contains a comprehensive list of the resources included. Should you find a resource that appears in the guide but is not listed, report it as a typo. Resources that should be added to the guide, request their addition at Logos Resource Updates | Faithlife. The discussion group Activity - Lexham Systematic Theology Cross-References Dataset - Faithlife is available to discuss the use, structure, and potential improvements of the data.

 

Section heading bar

The section heading bar has the expected functions with no “save to passage list” and a new “settings” function.

P19-1 Bar Menu

The Settings option in the section bar menu simply opens the Settings Menu that appears on the section bar itself. This allows the user to create a subset of the available resources for specific purposes rather than always running against all the appropriately tagged resources that one owns.

P19-2 Settings

There is also the standard preview and open of Verbum Help for the guide section.

P19-3 Help

Contents

Sequence – subject

The first group heading in Biblical Theologies offers two views: subject and resource. The section in subject sequence (note the orange line indicating that subject is active).

P19-4 By Subject

Understanding the subject categories is required to select the results most likely of interest to you. You saw them earlier in the Biblical Theologies section. From the dataset documentation:

Reference Types

Knowing the context for a reference is helpful in determining whether or not to follow up on a particular reference trail. Therefore, in addition to gathering references by group, references have also been classified based on a restricted yet relatively wide vocabulary. Relationships include the 12 classic categories of systematic theology, as well as a few more that are useful in this context.

Classic Systematic Theology Categories

•  Prolegomena: Introductory material involving the study and nature of systematic theology

•  Theology Proper: The study of the being, attributes, and works of God

•  Bibliology: The study of the Bible

•  Christology: The study of Christ

•  Pneumatology: The study of the Holy Spirit

•  Soteriology: The study of salvation

•  Anthropology: The study of humanity

•  Angelology: The study of angels

•  Demonology: The study of demons

•  Hamartiology: The study of sin

•  Ecclesiology: The study of the church

•  Eschatology: The study of the last things

Additional Categories

•  Exegesis: Discussion is more focused on exegetical matters than on theological discussion

•  Theologians: Discussion of theologians or a particular theologian

•  Traditions: Discussion of denominations, groups, or particular applications of systematic theology (e.g. Dispensationalism)

•  Other: Theological discussion that is not presently categorizable[2]

 

Sequence – resource

The second option presents the data in resource sequence, again with the orange line indicating the active option.

P19-5 By Resource

Here the categories are self-explanatory but they are still documented in the dataset documentation if you need more clarity.

Resource Groups

Logos has access to many different systematic theologies that may be of interest. These have been gathered in denomination/tradition-based groups. Public, known information of each author of a systematic theology resource has been reviewed and an appropriate denominational or traditional label has been applied to the resource as a whole. This grouping is not intended to be comprehensive hierarchical taxonomy of Christian denominations and organization. Instead, the goal is to put a label that is familiar, general, and hopefully useful (for most) with each systematic theology resource for the purpose of grouping resources together in this guide section.

These labels include:

•  Adventist: The author of the work is identified with Adventism

•  Anabaptist/Mennonite: The author of the work is identified with an Anabaptist or Mennonite group

•  Anglican: The author of the work is identified with an Anglican or Episcopalian group

•  Baptist: The author of the work is identified with a Baptist group

•  Congregational: The author of the work is identified with a Congregational group

•  Lutheran: The author of the work is identified with a Lutheran church or group

•  Medieval: The author of the work lived in the medieval period, from approximately 750 through 1450

•  Methodist/Wesleyan: The author of the work is identified with a Methodist or Wesleyan group

•  Modern Catholic: The author of the work is identified with Catholicism

•  Modern Orthodox: The author of the work is identified with the Orthodox Church (Eastern, Greek, Russian, or some other branch of Orthodox faith)

•  Nondenominational: The author of the work is not associated with a particular denominational group

•  Other: The author of the work is identified with a group such as the Evangelical Covenant Church or the Churches of Christ

•  Patristic: The author of the work lived in the patristic period, from approximately 100 through 750

•  Pentecostal/Charismatic: The author of the work is identified with a Pentecostal or Charismatic group

•  Presbyterian: The author of the work is identified with a Presbyterian church or group

•  Reformed: The author of the work is identified with a Reformed church or group[3]

 

Detail

Content in subject sequence:

  • Theological category (expand/contract)
  • Corpus (fixed)
  • Article title and resource name (interactive)
  • Requested referenced highlight in an extract for context

Content in resource sequence:

  • Corpus (expand/contract)
  • Resource book cover thumbnail and title (expand/contract)
  • Theological category (fixed)
  • Article title
  • Requested referenced highlight in an extract for context
  • Search option

P19-6 Detail

Interactions on data

Visual cue

Data element

Action

Response

arrowhead

Theological category

Corpus

Resource thumbnail book cover and title

Click

Expand/contract the section below the heading

None

Resource sequence: Resource thumbnail book cover and title in

Mouse-over

Standard resource preview

Click

n/a

Right click

n/a

Drag and drop

n/a

Blue link on mouse-over

Subject sequence: Resource title

Mouse over

Standard resource preview

Click

Open resource to title page

Right click

Open Context menu

Drag and drop

Open resource to title page in pane of user’s choice

Blue link

Article title

Mouse over

Standard article preview)

Click

Open resource to the start of the article

Right click

Open Context menu

Drag and drop

Open resource in a pane of the user’s choice to the start of the article

Search result highlight

Bible reference in article’s text

Mouse over

Preview of article at point of reference

Click

Opens the article with the selected reference on the first line

Right click

Opens Context menu

Drag and drop

Opens the article in the pane of the user’s choice with the selected reference on the first line

Search icon/blue text

Resource only: Search (resource title)

Mouse over

Preview of Search argument (1)

Click

Executes the Search (1)

Right click

Opens a Context menu

Drag and drop

Executes the Search in the pane of the user’s choice (1)

Search icon/blue text

Resource only: Search All Biblical Theologies

Mouse over

Preview of Search argument (2)

Click

Executes the Search (2)

Right click

Opens a Context menu

Drag and drop

Executes the Search in the pane of the user’s choice

Blue text

More >>

Click

Display additional detail results (2)

(1) Search from resource sequence

Note that the search argument is simple. The complexity of the search is in the resources to be scanned.

P19-7 Search Resource

(2) Search from subject sequence

P19-8 Subject Search

Search

The tagging used for corpus and subject is not exposed for user searches. However, there is some user-controlled search elements:

  • The user may use a collection of their own creation to limit the input into the Guide via the settings on the section header bar
  • The guide itself builds two types of searches which the user may modify to more closely meet their needs.

Supplemental materials

None that come to mind. On occasion one may wish to use Factbook to identify the theological stream to which the author of a resource subscribes. However, this data is still sparsely populated.



[1] Verbum Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2018).

[2] Rick Brannan and Peter Venable, Systematic Theology Cross-References: Dataset Documentation (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015).

[3] Rick Brannan and Peter Venable, Systematic Theology Cross-References: Dataset Documentation (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015).

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