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Posted by eelik at Aug 15, 2007 1:29:39 AM
Re: BDB module
Actually the whole text is available at

It is in txt and a "scanned image" pdf.. It should be posible to make some kind of sword module out of it..

Here is a random quote from that (plain text):


of them even to the greatest of them, ib.
in'3"ljn//-0m the proph. cwn to the priest every
one dealeth falsely, Ex 9= s + fiDna *Tjn D1ND
man and beast, n 5 ny , , . njna TOatD

nnaefr -naa, is 15 Nu 6 4 Dt 29' 7*y aero
ax's? ny, Jos s^+ntrK lyi C*ND, i S is 3

(4 pairs), 22 19 i K 5 ' s 2 Ki7 9 = 18*, Is io 18
i*B>a lyi t?MD = both soul a?io! body, Je 9*; after
a word implying a negative = either . . . or Gn
1 4 3 3 1 jn IV 31DD Mer good or evil. The
iy may be repeated, if required : Gn 6 7 D1XD

D'Dpn spjnyi bran *iy nona-iy (so 7 M ), Ex 22*
Jos6 21 Ju is 5 rp] T DII"*^. nDjj-Tjn. ^1?P, 2o 48

i S 30" : without f , Lv 1 1 42 Nu 8 4 . Similar is
the use of p in the idiom (ntSDJ) rfyfDJ n3P. . . J3D
(also n# . . . IF^y]): v. p. 122"; and cf. 2 K
3". c. of time, Gn 46* nny "Jy^ : nj|D /rom
our youth even until now, i S 12* Je 3; Nu

I think the great problem and the reason why this has not already been done is that it's almost impossible to use automatic OCR for that kind of work. BDB uses other ancient glyphs than just Hebrew. The original is so cryptic that manual proofreading is almost impossible, too. The archived text has definitely not been proofread.

If we would like to have this work in electronic format we would need:

1. Good scanned version (maybe better than this).

2. OCR program which could learn all characters used in this work. Including differences in normal/bold, size etc. because they are important!

3. Someone who teaches all those characters to the program.

4. People who could proofread the text. Those people should know several ancient languages or at least should be able to recognize all different glyphs of those languages. Just look at the scanned pages and guess how long it takes to proofread one page. If one man would proofread one page a day it would take more than two years.
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