Category talk:Biblical characters

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Category:Biblical characters[edit]

I am unaware of any consensus favoring inclusion of entries for individuals. Accordingly, in line with our role as a dictionary, rather than an encyclopedia, this should be moved to Category:Biblical names unless it would be better deleted. DCDuring TALK 16:20, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

Perhaps to Category:English male given names from the Bible and its female counterpart, à la other "English male given names from..." categories?​—msh210 (talk) 17:04, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
I Like msh210's idea. Though, it would overlap a lot with [[Category:English given names from Classical Hebrew]] a lot, wouldn't it? Mglovesfun (talk) 23:51, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
Well, category:English male given names from Classical Hebrew doesn't exist, though English male given names from Hebrew does. Are names from the NT in general known to be from Hebrew?​—msh210 (talk) 16:50, 29 December 2010 (UTC)
I am not wedded to any particular name for the category, but to making clear that we are not a short-attention-span encyclopedia. DCDuring TALK 23:59, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
The Bible is linguistically important source of names, having been translated into almost every language, including extinct ones. All given names of biblical derivation cannot be found in the Bible - Mary is an English biblical character, but Maria, Marian and Molly are not. Biblical names also derive from Greek, Latin, Persian etc. Merging this category with "English male/female given names from the Bible" or "English male/female given names from Hebrew" would be inaccurate. Why not be as accurate as possible? I don't see any harm in renaming the category "Biblical names", though, including the place names, if somebody is personally willing to take the trouble. Definitions for important biblical characters like Peter or David seem to be commonly accepted. At least you'd need a vote to change that. Nobody is suggesting a separate definition for everybody mentioned in the genealogies, I hope? --Makaokalani 15:27, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
On second thoughts, renaming it "Category:Biblical names" would do a lot of harm: 1400 definitions in 50 languages would have to be changed by hand, along with English translation table glosses. One person can never do it correctly. The result would be a mess, and all for a cosmetic change!
Archived as no consensus: each one of the four participants has a different agenda. Any practical decision would require a new discussion.--Makaokalani (talk) 13:13, 15 August 2013 (UTC)