Analytic Tools and the Study of the Bible

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Doel vak

The student who has successfully completed this course
• Has knowledge of the field of Digital Humanities and the various types
of tools that are used in Biblical Studies.
• Is able to apply these DH tools (e.g. Text-Fabric, SHEBANQ, Paratext)
in a systematic fashion in Biblical Studies.
• Is able to reflect critically on the assumptions, limitations and
possiblities of these tools.
• Is able to report the findings of his/her DH research in a systematic
way to a group of peers.

Inhoud vak

This course deals with the interpretation and analysis of the biblical
source texts with computational tools. This relates to computational
linguistic research as this is done with the ETCBC database and its
representation in SHEBANQ and Text-Fabric, to computer-tools
used in Bible Translation, such as the UBS package Paratext, and to
computer tools for stylistic analysis such as the Tiberias Stylistic
Classifier for Biblical Hebrew. The student will get insight in the way
in which systematic, quantitative research can contribute to a better
understanding and translation of the Bible and also develop the skills
to work with various digital tools used in biblical studies.


Introductory and practical sessions and a final paper.


• Tasks during the course (reflections on articles studied in the course
preparation; assignments in SHEBANQ, Text-Fabric and Paratext and
Tiberias: 30%
• Paper at end of course in which the student applies digital tools to a
specific case from the Old Testament or the New Testament: 70%

Vereiste voorkennis

Students are required to have completed the basic training in biblical
exegesis (including training in Greek and Hebrew) as it is part of the
BA Theology offered by VU University Amsterdam, or an equivalent


Will be announced in the study guide that will be made available in


Students who are interested in Biblical Studies and in Bible Translation
and who are interested in the impact of a broad range of computational
approaches on the study of ancient scriptures.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Affinity with Digital Humanities is recommended, but not required.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode G_RMBS03
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen
Examinator prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen
Docenten prof. dr. W.T. van Peursen
prof. dr. L.J. de Vries

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