Every since i first discovered Tiddlywiki, i’ve been a huge fan of this tool that is easy to use for authoring and linking shorter pieces of text (microcontent). I use various Tiddlywikis all the time for managing tasks, project planning and tracking, brainstorming, etc. (we just passed its third anniversary).
I’m still intrigued by the possibilities of alternative presentations of Biblical content using the nonlinear, hyperlinked approach of a Tiddlywiki. Everything from brief definitions to background information to related content can fit into this framework, and the dynamic nature frankly makes them fun.
So i was glad that Dave Gifford forwarded a pointer to some Tiddlywiki-based resources he’s been building. In addition to some good tutorials, his commentary on Philemon is a nice example of how this might work. For example, the tiddler on Literary Features links to a description of a chiasm in Philemon, which in turn embeds a link to a description of what a chiasm is. You could go even further with this: for example, every reference to Onesimus or Onesiphorus could link to an overview description of these individuals. The most interesting feature to me is the way the Tiddlywiki enables reading content in the order that makes sense to the reader, rather than the traditional start-at-the-beginning-and-read-to-the-end approach. This is often the way we think and the way our interest works: why not read this way too?
Additional pointer: i’m also intrigued by Tweebox, which seems to be a tiddlywiki-derived tool for presenting narratives. This is just the sort of thing that might make for a very engaging presentation of the Composite Gospel.
Update (9/27): you get an even better feel for the potential from the Biblioteca BÃblica Giffmex, a Tiddlywiki-based collection of notes on the New Testament. It’s in Spanish, so English readers won’t get all the details, but you can see the top-level organization pretty well if you have any familiarity with Spanish.