Quick response about MORPH (morphologically analyzed Hebrew Bible) also
The response though not as welcome, it is not unexpected. Basically, in a friendly and helpful email Steve says that to protect royalty payments from publishers of commercial Bible software they cannot authorize deals that would amount to unfair competition.
Understandable, especially since the Hebrew Institute at Westminster Theological Seminary
is "supported entirely by (such) royalties", but it leaves our project with a problem. Or at least a conflict of goals with facts:
- we want to make our work as widely available as possible (that >700 people look at a commentary on Amos every day is a huge encouragement to make biblical scholarship accessible)
- we want to offer information to assist users to read and understand the text - it would be good to help users (even those with only limited knowledge) to read the "original languages"
- morphologically analyzed texts for the Greek NT and the Spetuagint seem to be available (I have still to check that we can also use the Greek NT, but the fact that Zack H can suggests this is likely - I will write the email today!)
- the only (currently as far as I know) morphologically analyzed Hebrew Bible is not.
So, what do we do??