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Introducing the pBiblx2 Street Wise Bible System.

making pBiblx2 work productively for you!

by RandyP


Perhaps the easiest way to familiarize yourself with resources available the pBiblx2 Street Wise Bible System is to experiment with some key features first hand. Let us tour the practical possibilities together using some illustrative examples.

Remember that many of the facilities you find by mouse are also facilities that you can easily integrate into your notes so that the reader of your notes doesn't have to know the system in order to get full benefit. That is the power of the wiki like syntax adopted into pBiblx2... for the content author it is a dream come true!


Seeker


First, lets say we are interested in a particular topic; say salvation.

PCARR here has with simple bracket syntax automatically linked that word to a pBiblx2 component called "Seeker". Click on salvation now to see just how valuable this resource is. Here the word linked is immediately available to dictionaries and to indexes and bible filters and maps and much much more. Return here when finished.


Basic Searches


Perhaps this too much information. The second resource we'll look at is the word or phrase search in menu option "Bible and Tools".

Perhaps we know a few words of the verse that we are trying to locate; "faithful servant". Click on the link below to see this type of search then return back. Try your own phrase while your at it!
kjv@STRING:faithful+servant

The basic bible searching facility also allows for Book Chapter (Chapter Range) Verse (Verse Range) for verses that you know kjv@Psalms:27

New!

Boolean AND OR NOT searches:
kjv@STRING:lovely+AND+things
kjv@STRING:lovely+NOT+things
kjv@STRING:lovely+OR+beautiful

Without hardly any writing effort on your part, your verse or passage or phrase can be linked to or immediately quoted. Think of all the HTML code it would have taken you otherwise. It is as easy as 1... (just as it appears - direct link)

kjv@Psalms:103:1

or 2... ( qv bracket - direct quote)


kjv@Psalms:103:1 @ Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

That easy with any verse or phrase or translation available.

Overlay


Not only do you have the basic mode available for verse and string searches, the text that your search has pulled up can be further enhanced with the overlay facility linking every word in the selected passage to the pBiblx2 Seeker. This gives you immediate access to all the system resources identified by a word or phrase.

kjv@SEEK@Psalms:117:1

This facility is also available to the reader by mouse on a basic bible page.


Parallel text


Having the ability to compare translations side by side can prove valuable especially in multi lingual situations.

The Parallel button lets you view the same verses in two seperate translations. It is often helpful simply to have the Treasury of Sciptural Knowledge side by side with your present translation just to have an immediate set of verse links available to dig down a little deeper.

kjv@tsk@Genesis:1:1-5

This facility is also available to the reader by mouse on any basic bible page by clicking on the verse link. By default we have set the parallel versions to Strong's KJV and Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge. The dialog above it however allows for any available resources.


Filters


There are times "Seeker" and "Basic" type searches produce more information than you can visually sort through.

The menu option "Filter" can be used to narrow the scope down to specific segments of the Bible such as "Pauline Prison Episltes"

Here's a link to see a filtered in action: filter:NT-EPISTLES-PAUL-PRISON truth+in+love

Look in the filter selection box to see all of the filters currently available.

Again the power for the student/writer is in that your note or presentation immediately contains that link by virtue of the simple syntax!


Indexes


Of course there are times where your looking for a bible story and not a certain phrase or topic.

This brings us to the menu option "Indexes". Amongst the many different indexes you'll find a index of all stories called "BIBLEBYSTORYLINE". Don't forget to return back!
index:BIBLEBYSTORYLINE Gideon

There are also Indexes for the Words/Parables/Prohecies/Sermons of Jesus index:JESUSBYINDEX NONE or the Golden Chapters of the Bible index:GOLDENCHAPTERS NONE etc...

All Indexes are user contributed and follow a simple flat file syntax that allows easy creation/modification/distribution. There are even facilities for integrating simple CSV formatted data bases. See: home:PbiblxCreateIndex

There are even indexes of external web directories and media links that have been contributed index:WEBLINKS NONE

These indexes can be linked to or quoted in your content.


Tags


Now your not always trying to find, once you have found it's time for you to do something with. Let' start with the menu item "Tags".

A tag is a way to mark your trail much like a book mark. They are ways for you to come back to the point that you've been before.

You can organize them as you see fit, maybe by subject, maybe by event. pBiblx2 being a multi user system even lets you organize by user.
Here are a few of my sample notes:
tag:Family


Notes


Then there are times when you'll need more than just a Tag, you'll be needing the menu option "Notes". Thanks to PCARR, pBiblx notes are kept on a Wiki. Most personal note files are kept in each users pcarr:MyPad space.

This file itself is a note, so you can see the power of your notes!

    Besides what you've already seen:
  1. Your notes can contain external web links likehttp://shepherdpuplinux.us
  2. Your notes can be underlined italicized struck through emboldened
  3. Your notes can be automatically made into a HTML slide presentaion (slidy:PbiblxIntro2 ).
  4. Your notes can even include pictures.

(See HelpFile for syntax rules and home:PbiblxCreateWikiContent for more info)

For security reasons, in order to use this note wiki feature on this server you'll need a editing password home:UserContribution


Dict


Reference works are included in pBiblx2 such as the Strongs Hebrew and Greek Concordances, Easton's, Nave's Topical, and Thompsons Chain Reference. These can help you find word meanings, topical usage, perhaps find that verse that till now has eluded you.

Dict will also pre-format links to a growing list of outside resources such as Goolge to search other sites.

Dict is also integrated into the Seeker utility.



Discussions


As of Version 2.0.7 Facilities for sharing your comments has been provided both in the various PCARR threads and in the basic Bible pages. An PCARR page author for instance can have a discussion for the entire page Comment Board:PbiblxIntro2 or for a particular conceptual point Comment Board:IntroConcept1 . Bible comments are automatically labeled with the Bible verse currently being viewed.

An content author can thread discussions/comments about anything in a page he/she sees as approprite simple by syntax. Comment Board:PbiblxIntro2Whatever

Here is what is amazing... the discussion board syntax is the same as what you've been using for your notes. Links and quotes and most everything is right there as well!

See: DiscussionHome for this sites implimentation.


pBiblx2 Writer

While PCARR note files are simple text files that can be edited from any text editor, every page is automatically linked to an on line writing facility called pbiblx2-writer that has a JavaScript PCARR specific editor with many common syntax functions already implemented along with a complete syntax cheat sheet. It couldn't be easier for a complete novice to get started.

With a publicly accessible IP address your pBiblx2 server content and writing access can be made from any web browser at any internet location around the world. pBiblx2 doesn't even have to go with you in this case to be right at your finger tips. Wow!

pBiblx2 can also be used as web page publishing platform or CMS either by saving the page from a browser or by the helper scripts included in the installation package.


Conclusions


A brief introduction like this can not begin to explain the many useful features of pBiblx, hopefully though you can begin to see just how productive your studies can be.

Where pBiblx2 really shines is in daily Bible outreach. For that introduction please read PbiblxIntro3.


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