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Talmud finally indexed - Input Junkie
January 29th, 2012
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Talmud finally indexed
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The Talmud is a formidable body of work: 63 volumes of rabbinical discourse and disputation that form Judaism’s central scripture after the Torah. It has been around for 1,500 years and is studied every day by tens of thousands of Jews. But trying to navigate through its coiling labyrinth can be enormously difficult because the one thing this monumental work lacks is a widely accepted and accessible index.

I'm a little surprised it took this long-- the computer resources to make the task relatively manageable have been around for 30 years or more, I think.

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From:malkingrey
Date:January 29th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Knowing scholars, they spent the first 29 years arguing about what indexing protocols to use.
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From:nancylebov
Date:January 29th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
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It was a one-man job. There'd been some unsatisfactory previous efforts.

It's conceivable that most previous efforts got bogged down in discussion.

Possibly relevant: Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?

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