Bible Interpretation Choices at a Glance

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jun 25 2022 7:27 AM

Imagine a way to see what different commentators have said about every Bible passage over the last two thousand years in seconds. Look at just your own tradition, or explore other interpretations.  See how ideas are influenced by denomination, theology and the passage of time. 

A few years ago, I suggested it on UserVoice.  It was the nineteenth most popular suggestion out of over 2000. Sadly, when User Voice was mothballed, the idea was dropped, but I still think it would be a great help to many of us – scholars, pastors, and everyone else!

I wasn’t sure how to describe what I wanted, so I called it a database of biblical issues and stances with faceted browsing and graphical functionality. (https://logos.uservoice.com/forums/42823-logos-bible-software-see-feedback-faithlife-com/suggestions/17871697-create-a-database-of-biblical-issues-and-stances-w) Snappy, eh? That’s why the forum post I created to support the idea was titled “How Can I Put This?” (https://community.logos.com/forums/t/133058.aspx) There is more information to explain the idea there, but I was challenged to create a model for how it might work, so I created a spreadsheet based on the book of Jude (https://community.logos.com/forums/p/156612/945098.aspx#945098 – sadly, the link now appears to be broken).  I’ve since expanded the model to include the rest of the New Testament, although if Logos creates it, it will have way more data and look a lot better than an Excel spreadsheet.  If you think it’s a good idea, please vote for it at:

https://feedback.faithlife.com/boards/logos-desktop-app/posts/bible-interpretation-choices-at-a-glance

If you’re still not sure, you may want to download the spreadsheet to take a look.  However, it is over 30,000 rows, so the file is over 25MB, and it’s not pretty.  The filtering is really slow on my computer, so I’ve limited it to the first 200 rows for now.  Suggestions on how to fix this, how to improve the spreadsheet and the idea generally, and offers of help would all be gratefully received.

Note that the data for Jude and Philippians is fuller than the data for other books so far, and many of the questions are more translation-related as they came from SIL International’s Exegetical Summaries series. The final version would include more interpretation questions.

New Testament Issues.xlsm

Thank you for reading this far, and remember to vote here:

https://feedback.faithlife.com/boards/logos-desktop-app/posts/bible-interpretation-choices-at-a-glance

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 25 2022 8:18 AM

I couldn't load your spreadsheet on my ipad ... too big/rows. I did look at your earlier analysis examples (Jude). Can you chop your spreadshhet?  The examples look like better handled in a Lexham book. I'm guessing the spreadsheet is a better illustration?

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Bill | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 25 2022 11:22 AM

This would be great in Logos! Thank you again for another great idea and all that work Andrew! I votedYes

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 25 2022 5:36 PM

Wow, that is a massive amount of work you put in. Great idea, and great model. I've voted for it. Faithlife should hire you!

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 26 2022 1:57 AM

GaoLu:

Thanks, GaoLu.  I have them all, but think they do a different job.  There may be a way of combining the two in the future, with the Lexham Research Commentaries allowing a drill down and greater sense of nuance for what they assess to be the most pressing issues of the day.

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 26 2022 2:00 AM

Rosie Perera:

Wow, that is a massive amount of work you put in. Great idea, and great model. I've voted for it. Faithlife should hire you!

Thanks, Rosie, for the vote and the recognition.

I have at times thought working for Faithlife on this kind of thing would be my ideal job, especially having studied and worked in IT before studying theology and working for the church...

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 27 2022 8:18 AM

This would be useful to have.

Please use descriptive thread titles to attract helpful posts & save others time. Thanks!

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