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Um, I’m new, and I was wondering how I could interact with other users.
Hello, I work on a Norwegian Bible Wiki and would like to have articles linked to your wiki, my wiki has the same views as you do.
So I've decided to stop wasting my time on the other wikis (as a Bible believer I had no business there in the first place) and to spend most of my time here with other christians (when I'm able to).
My opinion is that semi-scientific information (properties of nature, raw materials or detailed explanations of what something is in regards to nature and science, outside of what is needed to make it basically clear) should not be included on the wiki. My reasoning is that a wiki solely about biblical content should not document circumstances of nature, since the Bible does not include this. The writers of the Bible used phenomenological language and did not have science as we have today.
Oftentimes the writers of Scripture did not necessarily have a correct knowledge of something relating to nature. This is not to say what they wrote was erroneous, but they used language and description understood and acceptable to their time. There is not an indication that God revealed any such properties of nature to the writers of the Bible, nor was that necessary for the Bible. I lean towards the idea that perhaps as a wiki on the Bible we should focus more on the perception of natural phenomena in the cultural context (within reason, we can't be ignorant of modern day science). Any thoughts and debate would be appreciated.
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 00:13, June 22, 2018 (UTC)
Hello everyone. I had an idea I wanted to run by others (though I don't think there will be any opposition).
Currently most of our articles contain a "Legacy" section, which is meant to contain other miscelleanous information, especially literary, theological and typological content. I would like to propose replacing Legacy sections with more article specific headings where needed.
I think "Legacy" should stay on people articles, to indicate references to them outside of their biographical info. The legacy heading originally was meant to include "all other references outside of purely historical information". It seems that theological and literary considerations are often too important/complex to group under just a "legacy" heading.
The idea here would be either to create more headings (i,e "Theology", "Typology", "Literary ..." etc) and/or have article specific headings where needed.
Let me know your feedback and if you have any more ideas.
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 00:55, May 20, 2018 (UTC)
Hello guys, I'm Josh and I'm new here, and I've been editing a few articles now. But as I've looked around, there are no pages for the pagan gods of the Canaanites. I'm thinking maybe we should add the pages for extra information, so can I hold a poll?
1. Should we create a page of all the pagan gods of Canaan
2. Should we create separate pages for each pagan gods mentioned in the Old Testament
3. Should we just ignore this and erase the hyperlinks from each page mentioning these subjects as such pages don't exist
Hello. I would like to make a suggestion regarding outlines for books of the Bible on the wiki. Currently we utilize topical outlines (many of which are adapted directly from a Bible's study portion or the headings inserted by the editors- either way are not original for us, nor original to the Bible) instead of literary outlines.
I would like to suggest in general that we move towards more "Literary" rather than "Topical" outlines. By a "Literary" outline I mean one based off textual divisons that implicate a certain intent from the author on how to read the book. I am beginning work on this for the Gospel of John article. I would not do it topically based on subject matter addressed (for applicability's sake), rather would adhere to the author's original intent on how the literature was meant to be read.
I have nothing against headings or topical outlines in Bibles, however, people have become too reliant on these and neglect the context of a passage and the intention of the author. I would like to move towards literary outlines in the spirit of helping to improve biblical reading. These headings and outlines were not meant to break up a text without regard to context or intention, but to aide the reader in application. People become overly oriented on these and there are not a lot of literary outlines out there.
I do not think this needs to be some major project that everyone works on (however I wouldn't mind that). I simply think, moving forward, this is something that needs to be gradually changed or considered on future outlines. I think the best qualification for making an outline is to have enough familarity with a text (recently or currently reading, or have read enough to go back and anaylze it) and discernment for a literary division. Literary divisions vary per genre and per length of text, thus they require time and knowledge to determine. I do not mean "qualifications" as to exclude others, but I say this as a general guideline in order to produce truly, literary outlines.
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 01:42, November 21, 2017 (UTC)
I am not highlighting this, because it is not something that deserves the attention to be "promoted by an Admin". but I would like to pose this anyhow.
I would like to suggest/ask about creating a category for People in the Bible with Theophoric names. A theophoric name is a name that has the name of God or a god embedded into it. This most commonly is found in names with an "El" (the Hebrew generic word for god) and "iah" or "yah" (abbrievations for Yahweh). There are some exceptions to this. Other examples are names with the word "baal" in it like Ethbaal, Jerubaal and the names of other gods.
This defintely can be a category- it's not out of the question. My question is what naming convention or phrasing should be used for the category? It needs to have simplicity, but convey the full meaning. It may require a category name that is a bit longer like "People with Theophoric Names" or "Theophoric People" (what I am leaning towards).
Eventually a list of biblical theophory, perhaps to counter Wikipedia's list (since they being a general encyclopedia probably don't need one and we could certaintly do better). This is not something to focus on now, but is something to think of for the future (maybe it could be devised after extentsive categorization for this takes place). This shouldn't be a comprehensive categorization effort at this point, but at least notable. Of course this could also stem many sub-categories divided by testament and types of theophory (El theophory, Yahweh theophory, Baal theophory).
Hello Bible Wiki community! Today I have a proposal that could affect both elements of the web interface and our phrasing in our own promotional efforts.
I would like to propose rephrasing instances of "Editors" to "Writers". Rather than there being an "Edit" button, it could be changed to a "Write" button. The "Editors" could be renamed to "Writers". All other instances referring to "Editors" or "Edit" could be changed to "Writers" and "Write" respectively. The same applies to "Contribute".
I believe saying "Write" sounds more lightweight and sounds less obligatory than "editors". An "Editor" sounds like one someone who has a full dedication and commitment to managing the editorial aspects of content. We certainly love to have "dedicated editors", but based on our needs (and what we are looking for in "contributors) lighter weight "writing" may be more appealing than "editing".
We are looking for people to "Write about the Word of God".
In some places the phrase "Write" is already being used informally. I would like to suggest changing all "Edit" and "Contribute" to "Writing" to suggest a lighter weight role that is focused on writing articles on Biblical content.
Let me know what you all think below and if there is enough support I will move this forward through hosting approval.
NOTE: This applies only to articles and our own promotional material. This would not apply (unless it is determined it should) to misc "edit" buttons on other aspects of the interface"
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 21:48, July 24, 2017 (UTC)
Hey guys. I know it's been a few months since my last post/edit here, but I'm actually diddling around with my website, and I'm also doing a new writing project, heavily based on the last one. The story revolves around Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and JUdas as they all in their own unique way react to Jesus. I've hit a road block, though; I can't decide between two beginnings for the story.
1) Should Andrew, Simon, Judas, and James all have a chapter detailing the day before and the day when they met Jesus?
2) Should the story begin with them all just meeting Jesus for the first time, and their backstories are mentioned later?
On the Wiki drop-down menu for Books, in the Old Testament section there's options to choose either 'Pentateuch' or 'Poetry'. I believe it would be helpful if there were also a third option called 'Prophets' or something to that degree linking to the pages for the Major and Minor prophetical books of the OT.
SouthWriter and I have been preparing for our next live stream. On Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30pm CST/7:30 PM EST/ 4:30pm PST we will be going live for approximately 40 minutes on our Youtube channel.
This time we are going to explore the Name of God. The Name of God isn't just a word, but there is value in it's authority and its meaning. Oftentimes when people say "God", their picture of God is not true to Scripture. We are going to explore topics like the original Hebrew words for God and what it means to use God's name "in vain".
The livestream will be available for viewing directly on our Youtube channel as well as on our various social media platforms, especially Facebook. The video will be live this link (this link will also work for all future streams). We will also be answering your questions as we are live. You can post your questions on the link provided on the video as well on Youtube and Facebook.
We hope you are able to join us live to get the full experience, but if you are unable to make it the stream will be fully recorded and available for viewing after it has premiered. Whether you are watching live or a recording we hope you will tune in to get a message that is critically important in today's culture; yet from a very unique approach.
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 20:30, July 4, 2017 (UTC)
Hello everybody! The Admins at Bible Wiki (SouthWriter and I) have been working on some exciting projects behind the scenes for the past several weeks. On Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST/ 4:30pm PST Bible Wiki will be broadcasting our very first livestream!
Our first livestream is going to be going Behind the Names of the Bible, in particular the names listed in the genealogies of Genesis 4 and 5. When you look at the meanings of each of the names, a more detailed revelation of the progression of evil in mankind up until the Flood is revealed. This video will cover names from Cain and Abel all the way to Noah. The stream should last about 45 minutes to an hour.
Mark your calendars for this is going to be an exciting event that talks about little known facts about Scripture, presented by Bible Wiki Admins Superdadsuper and SouthWriter.
How about adding a section to articles about the person's genealogy? For example, Caleb would have this:
What do you guys think?
Is there a standard way to write etymology sections on articles? If not, should there be?
Hi. I'm not sure if this is the right thread-board for this, but I'll just dump my question here anyway.
I'm writing a biblical fiction story (using the style of the Bible) focusing on the effect Jesus had on Andrew and his fictitious wife and son. Since Andrew wasn't there to witness Jesus' crucifixion or trial, I've come to the conclusion that he went with his family into hiding with the remaining eleven disciples.
Since the Bible doesn't specifically state whose house they stayed in, I'd like for anyone to come up with a few likely suggestions.
I've thought of Mary and Martha's home and Joanna and Chuza's house. Can you guys think of any more?
Bible Events in April:
- April 11th-Passover
- April 12th-17- Feast of Unleavened Bread
- April 12th- Jesus's Annoting at Bethany
- April 13th- Last Supper
- April 14th- Crucifixion of Jesus
- April 15th- Burial of Jesus
- April 16th- Ressurection of Jesus
- April 24th- Celebration ofMary, the wife of Clopas
- April 25th- Celebration of Mark the Evangelist
We need some feedback for redesigning our background and mainpage. It would be helpful if we could get a specific answer in each of the following areas:
- Should we switch to another classical painting, add a semi/photorealistic scroll or tablet or remove the background image entirely? Classical painting would need to be one clearly recongizable (such as a portion from the sistine chapel or a widely recongized/easily identifiable painting and scene); large amount of options, but there are concerns for inaccuracy (especially Europeanizing biblical people). A photorealistic image would either be the same image repeated on each side of the content-area (would be a sliver from a scroll repeated on each side) or a very large image with the only visible areas the outer borders.
- Should the current order of the right-column on the mainpage be changed? Should certain sections be placed above others, should we remove some text from the side, should there be additional sections or more images?
- Should the main area of the main page (not the right column) be changed? We have already made several minor changes but is there anything that should be added, removed or are there specific ideas on how to incorporate more images and less text.
We have already made several small design changes by removing the centered links (About, BPOV, etc), removing the Featured Article section and reducing the amount of words in blogposts by 200 words each. This reduces the amount of words in blogpost featuring by 800 words.
Changes we have planned are:
- Update the navigation images (Persons, Places, Books) and put the new ones in a gallery format, possibly increase the amount of images.
- Removing the "Welcome to Bible Wiki" heading bar
- Adding Study and Write graphics on the mainpage. They could be side-by-side or put in respective sections (we need feedback).
There are also other ideas we could such as adding an Edit feed, adding a Forum feed or somehow improving the "Bible Events" section (which could do a lot of good). Some additional suggestions given to use by the Staff of Wikia, Inc are found here
Give your feedback on the specific questions and ideas I had for the mainpage and give any suggestions to our background design and main page. The primary goal is to increase the likelihood that someone will become an engaged member of the community by looking at the mainpage. The best mainpages usually have far more graphical content than textual content. We need to reduce the amount of text areas we have on the mainpage and place more graphics. We also need to have a better way to promote Writing and Studying about the Word of God (as is our motto) by the main page and maybe a way to highlight content. We should make sure the design is not overtly dependent on the Wikia network or features they specifically provided. Keep in mind we need low-maitenance solutions as I do not have the time, resources, or willingness to do that. I and SouthWriter, and our small community needs to focus on writing content.
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administator & Bureaucrat