Robert_Charlton - 9:45 pm on Jul 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
Planet13 - I tend to agree with your interpretation, and certainly some of the original poster's comments are in line with that... eg here...
I don't even need it for search results, I'm getting enough search results on my original content; but I wish I could publish also those without being penalized by some way, because they are value for my readers.
This is the part that throws me, as there are several ways of interpreting it...
...religious people are searching for a particular info, not my original thoughts
I'm guessing that there may be turn out to be some ambiguity in what searchers will be looking for.
Off the top of my head, I think I'd put the rare historical text into a subdomain, and then organize these by religion and appropriate subcategories (eg, historical and/or other appropriate categories). I'd add it gradually, and initially I would not noindex... I'd let Google index the content and see how it flies.
Your possibilities (1) and (2) make sense, but the dupe filtering kicks in only when Google sees other instances of the same text elsewhere with higher linking reputation.
One thought to start these pages off would be to cautiously crosslink texts from some of the commentaries on the main domain. I'd also make efforts to attract backlinks to the text. The publicity for these, though, might also attract competitors who might scrape them.
Hard to say how Google would regard text that is indexed in Google books.