The Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer is based at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Factulty of Theology. The ETCBC develops and maintains an advanced syntactic database of the Hebrew Bible. The methodology of the ETCBC prioritises syntactic analysis over semantic, literary, or rhetorical analysis. Formal indicators, rather than functional, comprise the framework of the database. Linguistic information is encoded hierarchically at the word, phrase, clause, and text levels.
The activities of the ETCBC include encoding new texts (data creation) and utilising alreadyencoded texts for linguistic research. The ETCBC is branching out to other Hebrew and Semitic para-biblical texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls, Targums, and Peshitta. Through the SHEBANQ project, tools like TextFabric enable researchers to apply computational linguistics to the database with the Python and R programming languages.
The ETCBC database has been included in the following packages and websites:
- Text-Fabric (with BHSA)
- Logos and Accordance:
- as a database for research purposes at the Data Archiving and Network Services of the
Royal Academy of Sciences:
The ETCBC offers an MA specialization in Biblical Studies and Digital Humanities. For more information download the folder: Biblical Studies and Digital Humanities