This week, I was created a "tagging" system which allows sets of tags to be added to books in various categories. Right now, every book of the bible has a set dealing with the academic level of the work. A give title can be tagged as:
- Scholarly/Technical - heavily utilizes original languages
- Pastoral/Expositional - less academic, but geared toward learned pastors
- Devotional/Popular - geared more toward the "lay" person
- Special study - some works, like the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture are distinct from regular commentaries.
Some works fit into just one category (ICC and Hermenia are clearly "Technical"), but others span more than one of these categories, such as the NICNT/NICOT series which are technical, but also useful for pastors and expositors. So I have made it so that multiple tags apply to each work. This is a distinct advantage of a web application over a traditional book since it's not limited to just one list or categorization.
In addition to the tags above, some books such as Daniel and Revelation also have another tag set called "Millennial View" with the following options:
Other views could be added, such as Idealist, but these should work for now. The other tag set that I am considering is some kind of range between Liberal and Evangelical. John Glynn does a great job of this in his commentary and reference survey.
In addition to tags, the table of books can now be sorted by column for further refinement.