Hebrew text help needed

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Sun Dec 24 12:32:24 EST 2000

The Blue Letter Bible already does all of this with a variety of 
translations.  It also links to several commentaries and other tools.  
It can be found at 


> Hello All,
> 	I am a computer programmer.  I've been working off and on for the past few
> years on a Bible search engine of my own.  As a personal project I haven't
> been able to devote a lot of time to it, but now I'm finally seeing the end
> of the tunnel.
> 	Currently I have a text that looks like this:
> Genesis 1:1 ¶ In the beginning <7225> God <430> created <1254> the heaven
> <8064> and the earth <776>.
> The <Number> is Strong's for Greek/Hebrew depending on OT/NT.  Viewing these
> numbers can be turned off and on via the menu.
> This program is primarily to be used from the English perspective, so the
> fact that the Hebrew/Greek words are in a different order than the original
> text is ok with me, it's actually preferred.  The format I'd like to keep my
> text in is this: (English phrase/word) followed by <original Greek/Hebrew
> phrase/word>.
> I have both the full text of the Tanach and the Greek NT.  What I don't have
> is a complete English and original text mixed in electronic form, as you can
> tell from the example above I'm missing quite a bit of the original text, I
> only have key words.  I do have an interlinear Bible, but it would take many
> years of editing to get all the Strong's numbers in the correct places and I
> think by then it would be more effort that what it is worth.
> If anyone knows where I can find a comprehensive interlinear Bible in
> electronic form to use as my text for this project I'd greatly appreciate
> it.
> In addition, if anyone knows of a electronic form of the Strong's
> Hebrew/Greek dictionary, or a H/G dictionary that I can use without
> copy-write infringement it would be greatly appreciated.
> Most of the features of the program will center around searching.  For
> example you could do a search for every verse that used Strong's Hebrew 7585
> (sheol) but wasn't translated as the word hell by typing this search:
>  h7585 NOT hell ).  In order for me to do such accurate searches (down to
> what the words translated from/into) I'll need a more exact interlinear
> document than what I have.  More complex searching than this example is
> being implemented, my main focus being a tool to do language and translation
> studies.  If you have any functionality suggestions, please write.
> Also if you are interested the beta releases will be free and for those that
> do extensive beta use/feedback I'm going to give lifetime free updates.  I'm
> not really doing this for the money and don't expect to make much on it
> anyway.  I'm a serious Bible student and have been disappointed in the
> software I've seen over the years so I figured I would write something
> mainly to suit my own purposes, but if someone else can benefit from it I'm
> all for it.
> BTW I'm also porting this (even as I write this email) to PDA/HPC.  I ha
ve a
> HP 360LX that I'm putting this on, just touching up the databases right now
> to accommodate it's lack of memory.  I have it on my laptop, but it's
> embarrassing to pull my laptop out in church just to find a verse.  And it's
> not always convenient to walk around with a laptop, but a PDA on the other
> hand...
> Please write back with any and all comments and suggestions.
> Your humble servant,
> Richard W. Pickett Jr.
> NT.Programmer at home.com
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Dave Washburn
"No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
violated."  C. S. Lewis

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