Friday, July 21, 2006

John Jackson's Parsed Interlinear Odyssey!

Homer's epic opens:
Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered full many ways after he had sacked the sacred citadel of Troy.ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν
Now you can read the Muse's story in fully parsed Greek on your PalmOS handheld!

John Jackson, of, has released a parsed interlinear Greek text of Homer's Odyssey for use with PalmBible+. John has put a tremendous amount of work into this text, including providing line numbers for the English translation, so that it scrolls in sync with the Greek text!

The text, along with other Homeric works are available for download at

The translation and text are based on the public domain Loeb edition: Homer. The Odyssey with an English Translation by A.T. Murray, PH.D. in two volumes. LCL 104 & 105. Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1919.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Chapter/Verse Chooser Limitations & Workaround

As of now the default verse chooser in PalmBible+ only goes up to verse 219. This means that several of Philo's and Josephus' works (which have more than 219 sections) are difficult to navigate. The verses are there, but one must scroll to them. (Many thanks to Jérôme Moreau for pointing this out.) I've posted a message to the PalmBible+ forum. Hopefully the default verse chooser can be fixed for future use.

In the meantime, you can turn on the "Old Chapter/Verse Selector" by going to Options | Preferences | Navigation in the PB+ menu, and then check the box next to "Old Chapter/Verse Selector."

Monday, April 24, 2006

Rashi in English for PB+

A few years ago I came across this website that offered an English translation of Rashi's commentary on the Torah. (Rashi stands for Rabbi Shlomo ben Itzhak - a Jewish scholar from France [AD 1040-1105]). The commentary scrolls with the version of the Torah included. There are embedded Hebrew texts within the commentary, so a font-hack is necessary (according to the website)... I have not tested the commentary thoroughly, but it looks interesting, and the page is not linked elswhere. Take a look:

Monday, April 03, 2006

Available now! The Works of Philo in Greek!

The Works of Philo in Greek are now available for non-commercial use with PalmBible+, thanks to the kind permission of Kåre Fuglseth and the Norwegian Philo Concordance Project.

The Greek file (z_philo-g.pdb) contains most of the Greek texts attributed to Philo (some are not included due to copyright restrictions, as detailed in the README). I have also included a public domain English translation of Philo by Yonge - this version will scroll in parallel with the Greek text. (Unfortunately because of differences in set up, the Greek text will not scroll correctly with previously released versions of the English translation of Philo.)

To download, go to, and agree to the conditions of use.

Webmasters, please DO NOT host the Philo files on your own site. Only link to the conditions of use page.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hand Held Classics

John Jackson of has produced some fantastic editions of Homer's Iliad in English and in Greek for use with PB+. He's even produced a simple web-based PB+ simulator.

John has a good sense of humor as well, as shown in his his illustration to the right.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Permission granted.

I have been extended permission by the Philo Concordance Project to convert most of their texts into PalmBible+ format. I will post more on this later.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Greek Philo Judaeus on PB+? Let's hope so...

Now that the Greek text of Philo has been made available in several software platforms (Libronix, Accordance and the new BibleWorks v.7), I thought it would be great to make the Greek text available to PalmBible+ users. So, I've contacted Kåre Fuglseth of the Norwegian Philo Concordance Project, Philo of Alexandria Blog and co-editor of The Philo Index to ask for permission to distribute the Greek text (without morphology) freely. If the project grants me permission, I will make the Greek text of Philo available at this blog. See the article on the Logos Bible Software page for an appraisal of Philo's importance for biblical studies. Keep posted.