A language-oriented, multi-dimensional database of the linguistic characteristics of the
Hebrew text of the Old Testament can enable researchers to do ad hoc queries. XML is a
suitable technology to transform free text into a database. A clause’s word order can be kept
intact while other features such as syntactic and semantic functions can be marked as
elements or attributes. The elements or attributes from the XML “database” can be accessed
and processed by a 4th generation programming language, such as Visual Basic. XML is
explored as an option to build an exploitable database of linguistic data by representing
inherently multi-dimensional data, including syntactic and semantic analyses of free text.