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What is TExT?
TExT is short for Translatable Exegetical Tools. We desire to facilitate the development of freely distributable and translatable tools for biblical exegesis to serve the global church.
Free public domain resources such as Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionaries or Matthew Henry's commentary are familiar to those looking for free Bible study resources online. Unfortunately, because most of these tools were written before the 20th century, they are of limited worth to serious students of the Bible. Advances in biblical scholarship, linguistics, archaeology, and literary studies make public domain resources such as Strong's seem out of date.
On the other end of the spectrum are the latest exegetical reference works which do reflect current scholarship and are of exceptional quality. Of necessity these works are copyrighted and very expensive. For most of the developing, non-native English-speaking world, these resources are not accessible, both due to cost and the complexity of the language in which they are written.
What is lacking is something in the middle, between these two ends of the spectrum, which would be:
- Up-to-date regarding linguistics and biblical scholarship,
- Affordable to those in the developing world,
- Written in easily understood English to facilitate translation into other languages, and
- Released under a license that allows them to be freely distributed and responsibly modified.
TExT Online seeks to provide a forum in which tools for biblical exegesis can be developed and published online. We desire to produce high quality materials, and we hope to tap into the vast community of scholars, pastors, and students who desire to serve the global church in this way. If you are interested in joining this community, please contact us and let us know of your interest.
TExT is about developing quality resources for the global church. This goal is guided by several values and commitments including:
To create exegetical tools we rely on volunteers who are doing it for the love of God's word and his church. We are looking for pastors, professors, students and mature lay people who are willing to volunteer their time and intellectual energies to the project. Depending on the project there may be education requirements to ensure quality, and a managing editorial team supervises the work of all projects associated with TExT.
Quality and Usability
We want TExT resources to be a quality option that is usable by the global church. This means that we want to draw from relatively recent sources. While being very careful neither to commit plagiarism nor to steal from the establish tools, we work hard to make sure that they are trustworthy and produced with reference to up-to-date sources. It also means that the tools we produce need to be usable by translators, so part of the editorial process is limiting the use of idioms or difficult language to encourage translation.
Freedom of Use
Our desire is to serve the global church, and in many parts of the globe Christians do not have deep financial resources. Our tools are made available free of charge and in a way that permits free distribution and modification using a Creative Commons license. This means that anyone can take what we produce and translate it, modify it, and redistribute it without having to ask permission as long as certain basic conditions are met (depending on the license). The tools can be used for electronic resources (such as with SWORD or e-Sword), websites, or in print.
Fidelity to God's Word
While we welcome collaboration, we want to ensure that our work is consistent with sound doctrine. As a managing editorial team we affirm the CrossGlobal Link (formerly IFMA) Confession of Faith. We hope many contributors with convictions similar to our own will find their way to our site and volunteer, and we reserve the right to edit contributions which stray from these historic evangelical beliefs:
A. We believe that the Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.
B. We believe that the one triune God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
C. We believe that Adam, created in the image of God, was tempted by Satan, the god of this world, and fell. Because of Adam's sin, all men have guilt imputed, are totally depraved, and need to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit for salvation.
D. We believe that Jesus Christ is God, was born of a virgin, died vicariously, shed His blood as man's substitutionary sacrifice, rose bodily, and ascended to heaven, where He is presently exalted at the Father's right hand.
E. We believe that salvation consists of the remission of sins, the imputation of Christ's righteousness, and the gift of eternal life, received by faith alone, apart from works.
F. We believe that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent, and that it will be visible and personal.
G. We believe that the saved will be raised to everlasting life and blessedness in heaven, and that the unsaved will be raised to everlasting and conscious punishment in hell.
H. We believe that the church, the body of Christ, consists only of those who are born again, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ at the time of regeneration, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He will come again.
I. We believe that Christ commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, baptizing and teaching those who believe.