The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1288  Wednesday, 25 June 2003

From:           Thomas Larque <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 25 Jun 2003 12:53:29 +0100
Subject:        Geneva Bible on CD-Rom

Although I have a facsimile copy of the Geneva Bible (the Bible
translation which Shakespeare is usually considered to have used most
often), I have long been searching for a searchable electronic version
of the Geneva text.  I seem to remember seeing many requests for this
sort of information on SHAKSPER and elsewhere.

I finally found what I was looking for.  Sola Scriptura Publishing
(http://www.solascripturapublishing.com/) produces a CD-Rom of the 1599
Geneva Bible (in text, Word and PDF formats) for the very reasonable
price of $9.99 (US dollars) and accepts credit card payments via
Paypal.  Unfortunately the CD only contains the Old and New Testaments,
not the Biblical Apocrypha, but perhaps if lots of Shakespeareans order
the current CD and express an interest in the Apocrypha they might
release that as well.

I thought SHAKSPEReans might be interested in this offer, so am posting
it here.  Needless to say, I have no connection with the company that
produces this CD and have nothing to gain from orders of it.

The CD-Rom only contains the Geneva Bible text itself, no extra search
tools are included.  Does anybody happen to know of any software that
would be able to search for particular words in individual paragraphs in
text or Word files (so that it is possible to search the Bible text for
a verse - a particular paragraph - that contains the words "tower" and
"hope", for example)?  Given the variations in Renaissance spelling, a
wild card function would also be useful  (so that it is possible to
search for "we*u*r*" and "we*v*r*" and find most possible Renaissance
spellings of the word "weaver", for example).  Any suggestions would be
much appreciated.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"

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