I know, I know, I haven’t been blogging nearly enough! This pesky day job I have keeps getting in the way of all my blogging fun. I think of things I want to blog about, but I can’t find the time to formulate something well-worded and insightful, and generally worthy of launching into the blogosphere.
So, here goes: raw streams of thought– Thoughts that just rolled out of bed– Thoughts with no make-up, with their hair still in curlers, with creases from their pillowcase still imprinted on one cheek–
Although I haven’t had time to check it out personally, I think the Yavnet mentioned by this person is a fantastic idea–something I expect to see much more of in the near future. As an undergrad, I took an elective class on the book of Genesis, where the professor’s TA was creating a digital, online version of Genesis, which was riddled with hyperlinks. When any text has lasted thousands of years, and passed through untold revisions and translations, you know some meanings, some innuendos and allusions, have been lost along the way. But hypertext lets modern scholars fill in the subtext, the information that is lost in the translation. Who knew that texts written thousands of years before hypertext was even dreamed of could be reanimated, transformed, by such an invention?
Did you know that Genesis is chock-full of puns? I didn’t until I took that class. Apparently the biblical authors got a real kick out of puns. For instance, the name Adam in Hebrew means, literally, “from the dust.” It would be the equivalent of saying, in modern English, “God made a man out of dirt and named him Dusty.”
The process of filling in the gaps by using hypertext to link words and phrases to meanings that have been lost, or accessible only to religious scholars fluent in Greek and Hebrew, for hundreds of years– It reminds me of the people who take a mold of a skull and slowly layer clay representations of the muscle and ligaments and tissue, until you have a reconstruction of a face. It seems to me that hypertext and online discussion groups have the ability to restore faces to these ancient texts. And how much easier is it to relate to a human face than a pile of dusty bones?