Thursday, September 7th, 2006

eBible Takes the Web 2.0 Plunge

Category: Showcase

As further proof that all sorts of sites can benefit from a little Ajax integration, eBible.com has reinvented itself in a more Web 2.0 fashion with a list of new features.

The site has hints of Google’s interface as it allows you to search through the different versions of the Bible (NIV, KJV, etc) for specific verses and keywords. The results are easy to read and make for speedy access to just what you want. The real fun comes in with the reader page, though. When you select the passage to read, it presents it to you in context and highlighted inside of a new interface. The interface not only responds to clicks and mouseovers, but also to keyboard shortcuts and the enabling of the scrollwheel to move around in the chapters. Commentary on the verses is also just a click away in the form of an embedded text box when you right-click on the verse number. You can even view an outline of the current text to help with locating where in a chapter you’re at.

In true Web 2.0 fashion, they also allow you to sign up for an account and share the verses you enjoy with others through bookmarking and tagging (topics) to help others find what they’re looking for. They also have included an “understand” section with links to various commentaries on the selected topic/verse for additional information.

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Ahhhh…yah. I’d say this is a pretty darn good example of AJAX. Looks like they are using Ruby on Rails, prototype/scrip.taculo.us AND the Dojo toolkit. I didn’t think you could mix all of these very easily. Anyone know more about the tech details of this site?

Comment by flax — September 7, 2006

Sweet. Love it. Has the long term potential to make other Bible sites look and feel completely irrelevant to what’s going on with the web today. Nice job.

Comment by Josh P. — September 7, 2006

Jesus loves Web 2.0

We have known about the site for a while now and are really excited to have our software power their ecommerce store.

Comment by Jason Billingsley — September 7, 2006

The interface is slick, but the content is very primitive. It advocates slave owning, slave beating, animal sacrifice, slaughtering children, and a lot of other behaviors that are completely unacceptable in a modern society.

Comment by Rufus — September 7, 2006

Now all we need is a mashup with http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ so that more people will realize that it is a work of fiction and a horrible place to get your morals from.

Luke
20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

So much for family values!

Comment by Deuce Bigolow — September 7, 2006

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It is a slick interface, but the content is very primitive. It advocates slave owning, slave beating, animal sacrifice, slaughtering children, and a lot of other behaviors that are completely unacceptable in modern society.

Comment by Rufus — September 8, 2006

Rufus you dork

Comment by Pete — September 8, 2006

With jebus anything is possible, except dividing by zero.

Comment by Jesse Kuhnert — September 8, 2006

Rufus – It also says you should love your neighbor as yourself. Something our “modern” society could use a lot more of perhaps?

Comment by Tim — September 8, 2006

It had an instance of IE using over 100 MB of RAM – is that a sin? ;)
It appears to have some pretty big memory leaks, although 20 MB was dropped when going “back” to the home page.

The UI and the keyboard support is kind of neat, but the fact there’s no real scrollbar for quick scrolling makes it feel limited.

(Interesting note: “debt” is a moderately-popular item in the tag cloud, which points to a number of related passages.)

Comment by Scott Schiller — September 8, 2006

remember folks, as anyone who’s studied faith of any kind should know, a verse out of context is a pretext! Think you should have the Bible explained to you by someone who’s read it Rufus, it might help you be less judgemental and get some facts straight.

On the AJAX side, to anyone who’s seen the old site, the new one is a vast improvement. Accessibility issues still raise their ugly head though.

Comment by John Hancock — September 10, 2006

John Hancock,
I am not sure why you’re accusing me of being “judgemental”. All I did was point out some of the many repulsive acts encouraged by the bible.

As for context & pretext, there is no context you can possibly put around Exodus 21:20-21 to turn it into literature that is not abhorrent. Here it is, part of a chapter called “The Law Concerning Violence”:

20 And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished.
21 Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.

It clearly states that it is ok to own human beings, and it is ok to beat them too, as long as the beating ends before it kills the slave. There is only one context that can explain those two sentences, and that is the context in which it was written. It was written by a person who lived in a time and place when slave beating was acceptable behavior.

Since Ajaxian is intended to be a technology site, this is the last comment I’ll post here about this subject. If anyone wants to continue the discussion somewhere else, I’d love to.

Comment by Rufus — September 11, 2006

Since Ajaxian is intended to be a technology site …

Why did you start flaming the bible then, thus provocating/hurting believers?

In the time of Exodus 21 slaves had NO rights, so this passage in fact gives them at least some rights (it also doesn’t advocate beating but talks about it in a negative judgmental context). If you look further @time of Jesus, you can notice that slaves (and btw: also women) again became more rights than it was common in these days (New Testament even declares every human being equal, Eph 6,9). If you take a look just a few decades ago, you will see that slavery was ended by believing christians (e.g. John Wesley in UK, and the former slave trader Newton) in consequence to their faith.
“Slaughtering children”: was a common practice @some cultures and was strictly condemned by prophets (Jer 19,5), not “advocated”.

Comment by Chris Metz — September 12, 2006

Check out http://www.instantbiblesearch.com for bible verse search using AJAX. I built it using the free World English Bible and wanted a simple way for people to search verses.

Comment by whitespace — June 10, 2008

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