Archive for year 2008

Olive Tree at Bible Tech 2008

We are very excited to be attending and presenting at this year’s Bible Technology Conference in Seattle, WA on January 25th and 26th. Bible Tech 2008 is a conference that will explore the intersection of Bible and technology. If you are passionate about the Bible and technology or just want to meet some of the people working in this field we would encourage you to attend Bible Tech 2008. You can find out more information here.

Olive Tree will be giving two presentations at this years Bible Tech. The President and CEO of Olive Tree (Drew Haninger) will talking about “Electronic Publishing and Bible Software in a Fast-Moving Mobile Landscape.” The handheld mobile technology including PDA’s, Smartphones, and cell phones is in constant motion with the rapidly increasing number of platforms on the market. How does a publisher of Biblical content keep up? How do they decide which platforms are worth supporting now, and which ones it would be better to just wait and see how they mature? For mobile electronic publishers today there is a potential quagmire of platforms, operating systems, screen sizes, user interface paradigms, software delivery methods, and publisher permissions. Mr. Haninger will touch on some of the different methods of approaching this rapidly changing market. In addition, he will present a quick overview of many handheld technologies and platforms such as Palm, Pocket PC, Smartphone, Blackberry, iPod, iPhone, etc.

I will also be presenting at this years Bible Tech. My talk is on “The Challenges and Future of Bible Software in a Mobile World”. Developing Bible Software for mobile devices is a challenging endeavor. Much of the development time is spent on the logistics of developing for mobile devices. I will discuss many of these challenges and offer some insight for how to address some of these challenges. Mobile technology is moving forward at a frenzied pace. What does the future have in store for Bible software in the mobile world? Will these same challenges be around in five or ten years?

We are excited to meet and talk with others in the area of Bible and technology. We hope to see you there. If you come to Bible Tech 2008 please come and find myself or Drew. We would love to talk with you about mobile Bible software.
Stephen

Olive Tree Announces the Qumran!

We at Olive Tree are announcing the release of a new Qumran (non-biblical scrolls) module. The discovery of thousands of documents and fragments thereof, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, at Khirbet Qumran beginning in 1947 is the greatest archaeological discovery related to the Bible in modern times. Dating from 250BC to 70AD, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been of inestimable importance to scholars and students in a variety of fields, most especially Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, and Second Temple Judaism. They have cast light on myriads of historical, theological, literary, sociological, and philological matters.

The Dead Sea Scrolls contain a variety of types of documents. Well-known among them are our oldest copies of the Hebrew and Aramaic Old Testament books (by approximately one thousand years), but they also contain commentaries on Old Testament books, fascinating theological treatises, documents on community living, and more. This new module contains virtually all of the scrolls with the exception of the copies of Old Testament books.

The electronic database of Qumran texts was prepared by Marty Abegg, Jr., the Ben Zion Wacholder Professor of Dead Sea Scroll Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, Canada. Dr. Abegg is one of the world’s leading Qumran scholars, so his work is of the finest quality. Moreover, Dr. Abegg has tagged the database for morphology. Thus, you can click on a word to see its lexical and parsing information in the same way that you can for the Hebrew Old Testament (BHS) if you have our BHS Add-On—Groves-Wheeler Westminster Hebrew Morphology module. You can also get a quick sense of the meaning of the lexeme from a gloss, also provided courtesy of Dr. Abegg. If you have the BHS Add-On module, then you can even click on a link to the appropriate Hebrew or Aramaic entry in the well-respected BDB dictionary if there is an entry in BDB for that lexeme.

Our Qumran module takes advantage of our recent work in shifting to Unicode encoding for Hebrew and Aramaic in our BHS (HMT) and BHS Add-On—Groves-Wheeler Westminster Hebrew Morphology modules. That means that you will see our Qumran texts with stunningly sharp, aesthetically-pleasing Unicode “smart-fonts” that are geared toward maximum readability. Our Qumran module also contains scholarly editorial marks, almost always the same editorial marks with which you may be familiar from the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (DJD) series. Finally, searching capabilities are provided via our familiar search screen.

We at Olive Tree are excited about this new module! We hope you will check out the product description here.

~Drayton B.

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