About the World Wide Study Bible


The Editor

Nelson Chin (butta1@bu.edu) has in the last couple of years contributed most of the links that have been added. He's probably contributed about half of the 32,000 links currently in the database, perhaps making him the de-facto editor of the WWSB. Thanks, Nelson!

About Version 3

The World Wide Study Bible has of necessity been revised again. This revision was pretty much going on 7/17/97. The reason for the revision is that the database server on which it used to run has been retired, and the college is going to a different database system. Thus the WWSB was revised to use an Informix Online database and LiveWire programs to access it. All of the book and chapter pages are generated by LiveWire programs. These pages are then copied to disk by a web mirror program. Thus, the whole set of some 1500 pages is rebuilt when new references are added to the database.

Some day I hope to add on-line additions to the database, but that doesn't work at the moment.

About Version 2

The World Wide Study Bible underwent major revision around 1/1/96. The original vision of links added by thousands of users had a weak link -- me. It was necessary for one person to verify and add all submissions, and I couldn't keep up, given the other demands on my time.

Now the WWSB is built on top of an Informix database. Links are added by importing a file of links into the database, and the whole WWSB (currently 1457 html files and about 12000 references) is rebuilt by running a single script. Therefore it is possible to add a large number of links much more efficiently. Thanks to Jon Farr for his help in this project. If you would like to add links, see the Add Item page for more information.

Original 'About'

The World Wide Study Bible was conceived as a means of organizing all of the Bible-related resources on the World Wide Web according to scripture reference. Because of the nature of the World Wide Web and the large number of potential contributors, it is possible to index an enormous number and wide variety of resources -- commentaries, meditations, sermons, pictures, word studies, musical settings, historical or archeologic notes -- anything that is relevant.

This is a world wide effort; it will flourish only with user contribution. Please consider finding a public domain commentary and typing in the notes for a section of scripture. Scan an image. Type in a sermon. Enter a midi file for one of the numbers in Handel's Messiah. Then put it on your HTTP server and send me a URL or upload it to ftp://ccel.wheaton.edu/incoming for storage on my server. Just make sure that the element you contribute is public domain or freely redistributable. In order to determine that something is in the public domain, the most commonly applicable rule of thumb is that anything published in the US before 1920 is in the public domain. In many other countries, an item becomes public domain when the author has been dead for 50 years.

Note that the contributions may not be reviewed or selected for theology or quality; a diversity of theological viewpoints will likely be represented. Nevertheless I reserve the right to decide which links I will include.


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