This site will serve the following 3 purposes...
- A handy, online reference for people wanting to use Nave's Topical Bible.
- A collaborative effort to clean up the current, public-domain, digital version of Nave's Topical Bible
- A source for a downloadable, digital copy of Nave's Topical Bible for site developers wanting to add it to their site.
To use this site as a reference tool use the search function to locate topics you wish to view. (HINT: Entry titles are in ALL CAPS, so use only capital letters when searching to activate the list of suggested entries to choose from.)
If you wish to participate as an Editor, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add you to the team. It would be very helpful, however, if you actually had access to a copy of the original Nave's Topical Bible (some newer versions have been heavily edited and are therefore not public domain)
All edits will then need to be approved by one of the Administrators.
Once we've established a viable export, we will post a link to the location to download it.
Nave's Topical Bible was originally produced by Orville J. Nave, A.M., D.D., LL.D. while serving as a Chaplin in the United States Army. He referred to this work as "the result of fourteen years of delightful and untiring study of the Word of God." Nave's topics were originally published in the early 1900's, and a photo-offset reproduction is currently published by Hendrickson, ISBN 0-917006-02-X. The title page states that this work consists of 20,000+ topics and subtopics, and 100,000 references to the Scriptures.
From the Digital Version
These topics were created from an existing electronic copy which was being sold commercially and contained so many errors as to render it nearly useless. After contacting the business in question, and discussing the copyrightability of Public Domain material, they concurred that the actual data, seperate from the program and format they created, is Public Domain. The text has since been passed through a series of programs searching for a variety of error patterns, as well as visual spot checking. It is believed the present material is greater than 99% clean, although a printed copy should be consulted if questions arise. Great care was taken to remove any non-original material, resulting in completely Public Domain data original to Dr. Nave.
The current format has been designed for programatic reference, placing 50 topics in a file, preceeding each topic with $$topic_number, surrounding the topic name with back-slashes, beginning each list of verse references with a # pound character, and terminating with a | vertical bar. References to other topics are prefixed with a » (ascii 175) double arrow followed by the topic number. It should be noted that it is possible to have the topic prefix followed by "(n/a)". This is due to a very small number of topic references which were unable to be resolved. These topics are:
- flail, forsaking God, gifts, gnat, implements, mathematics, messianic, psalms, purse, proselytes, rhetoric, saffron, schism.
These topics are not listed in the printed edition and it is not apparent what Dr. Nave intended. It should also be noted that a fair number of verse reference lists have the word "with" imbedded in order to tie one verse to the following verse(s).
(The credits in the digital file go on to mention a web site and a person. The links on the web site have been removed, os unless the creator of the digital version requests to be named, we'll omit it for now, assuming that he may not want the attention.)