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Morphological Parser for Inflectional Languages Using Deep Learning (Part I)

Willem van Peursen, Martijn Naaijer, Constantijn Sikkel, Mathias Coeckelbergs[1] “How can we make a Machine Learning (ML) based parser for the morphology of inflectional languages?” This question was the starting point for the project “Morphological Parser for...
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Tracing Patterns across Translations. Applying Colibri Core Techniques to the Peshitta.

This second blogpost for the PaTraCoSy project brings us to a first discussion of the translation patterns from the Hebrew Bible into the Peshitta. Before we can address the results, we briefly describe how we constructed the model. After installation of Colibri Core,...
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Aligning Hebrew and Syriac Genesis. Initial Results of the PaTraCoSy Project. 

This very first blogpost seeks to report on our advancements in the PaTraCoSy (PAtterns in TRAnslation: Using COlibriCore for the Hebrew Bible corpus and its SYriac translation) project, which is funded by CLARIAH. The overall goal of this project is to use the...
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International Interest in the Course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible

Tuesday morning (Amsterdam time), September 1st, was the start of the course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Because of the coronavirus, all lectures took place online via Zoom meetings. Although it...
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Using a Neural Network to Parse Phrase Atoms in the DSS

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Programme online ETCBC meetings Fall semester 2020

We are happy to announce the ETCBC meetings for the Fall semester. All meetings will be online through Zoom. Tuesday 22 September 2020, 11.00 am CET Text Features and Text Display in Text Fabric Dirk Roorda Text-Fabric, the Python package that...
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BIBLE

Tracing Patterns across Translations. Applying Colibri Core Techniques to the Peshitta.

This second blogpost for the PaTraCoSy project brings us to a first discussion of the translation patterns from the Hebrew Bible into the Peshitta. Before we can address the results, we briefly describe how we constructed the model. After installation of Colibri Core,...
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Aligning Hebrew and Syriac Genesis. Initial Results of the PaTraCoSy Project. 

This very first blogpost seeks to report on our advancements in the PaTraCoSy (PAtterns in TRAnslation: Using COlibriCore for the Hebrew Bible corpus and its SYriac translation) project, which is funded by CLARIAH. The overall goal of this project is to use the...
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SNA of Leviticus 17-26

Using the ETCBC database for exploring social networks in Biblical law

  The Mosaic laws of the Torah are quite unusual, embedded as they are in the narrative of the Torah. Thus, they are not only commands and prohibitions but relate intrinsically to the grand storyline of Torah extending from creation to the impending conquest of...
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The Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database – A New Start

    The Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database (SAHD) is a semantic thesaurus of classical Hebrew with the ambitious goal to collect and present as much relevant information as possible. This information includes a complete survey of the occurrences of the...
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Digital Approaches to the Old Testament and Other Sacred Texts — Research Meetings Spring 2021

In the next months we will have an exciting schedule of research meetings and presentations. All will meetings will be online. For Zoom meetings send a request Prof. Wido van Peursen Thursday 4 Feb 2021 11.00–13.00 CET Wido van Peursen Digital Approaches to the Old...
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The Brill Peshitta Portal Project

In cooperation with Brill publishers, the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) and the Peshitta Foundation have prepared an electronic version of Leiden Peshitta edition, Vetus Testamentum Syriace. With the recent publication of the volume containing...
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Using a Neural Network to Parse Phrase Atoms in the DSS

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Programme online ETCBC meetings Fall semester 2020

We are happy to announce the ETCBC meetings for the Fall semester. All meetings will be online through Zoom. Tuesday 22 September 2020, 11.00 am CET Text Features and Text Display in Text Fabric Dirk Roorda Text-Fabric, the Python package that...
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“Dark I am and/but lovely”

(And why you should follow the new online minor programme in Bible Translation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) By Lourens de Vries The Hebrew conjunction we in The Song of Solomon (1:5) can be rendered by “and” or “but” and translations have gone both ways. What’s a...
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Building an Amharic lens to the languages of the Bible

A new project We are excited to announce the start of a new project for the development of an Amharic version of the Bible Online Learner that will be a unique cooperation between the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC), the Ethiopian Graduate School of...
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Integrating BHSA Data with Wider Biblical Resources on Desktop and Mobile Platforms

It was my pleasure to give a brief overview of BibleBento.com on the 40th anniversary of the ETCBC.  I would like to share a little bit more here, including progress of the development since the presentation. I am a full-time church minister.  I like collecting Bible...
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Phrase and Syntax Search for the Layperson

eRhema’s primary goal is to provide a free tool that enables the layperson to explore the Bible in its original languages. While Bible translations are indispensable, meanings are inevitably lost even in the finest translations. Ideally, every serious student of the...
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Word Games For Learning Biblical Languages

When I was young I used to do wordsearch puzzles all the time. They were of course in my native language, English. But they helped me learn to recognise many words very quickly and to pick them out of a page. In learning the languages of the bible one thing that is...
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Linguistic Dating and the Tiberias Stylistic Classifier for the Hebrew Bible

This past January my Bar-Ilan University colleague, the computational linguist Moshe Koppel and I launched the Tiberias Stylistic Classifier for the Hebrew Bible (https://tiberias.dicta.org.il/#/ ). Tiberias marshals cutting edge advances in the field of machine...
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Digital Tools for the Study of Biblical Hebrew

Having more and more texts available digitally enables us to create simple but effective study tools. While the value of traditional learning techniques and a great deal of practice must not be underestimated, some digital tools can reinforce such a learning style. As...
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Bootcamp: NLP tools for Syriac, 17–18 January 2019

In the CLARIAH funded project “LinkSyr: Linking Syriac Data”, the Eep...
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The Value of Open Data: An Explanation and an Exhortation

As August 2018 approaches, I enter my eighth year of full-time biblical/theological research. Even before that, a trove of the scholarly world had been available to me as I flipped open James Strong's 1894 Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. In this formidable...
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Hebrew in Mexico with the Bible Online Learner

By Janet Dyk Several years ago, after deciding that what I missed here in Holland was white water and after being unable to book a suitable rafting expedition in Belgium (in the summer the water in the rivers is too low for rafting and in the fall when there is enough...
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Text-hierarchic trees in the ETCBC database

Textual hierarchy The topmost linguistic level in the ETCBC analysis deals with textual hierarchy: decoding the linguistic cohesion of a written text. The point of departure is the assumption that a text is not just a linear arrangement of clauses, but that these...
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COMPUTATIONAL INGUISTICS

Morphological Parser for Inflectional Languages Using Deep Learning (Part I)

Willem van Peursen, Martijn Naaijer, Constantijn Sikkel, Mathias Coeckelbergs[1] “How can we make a Machine Learning (ML) based parser for the morphology of inflectional languages?” This question was the starting point for the project “Morphological Parser for...
Read More

Tracing Patterns across Translations. Applying Colibri Core Techniques to the Peshitta.

This second blogpost for the PaTraCoSy project brings us to a first discussion of the translation patterns from the Hebrew Bible into the Peshitta. Before we can address the results, we briefly describe how we constructed the model. After installation of Colibri Core,...
Read More

Aligning Hebrew and Syriac Genesis. Initial Results of the PaTraCoSy Project. 

This very first blogpost seeks to report on our advancements in the PaTraCoSy (PAtterns in TRAnslation: Using COlibriCore for the Hebrew Bible corpus and its SYriac translation) project, which is funded by CLARIAH. The overall goal of this project is to use the...
Read More
SNA of Leviticus 17-26

Using the ETCBC database for exploring social networks in Biblical law

  The Mosaic laws of the Torah are quite unusual, embedded as they are in the narrative of the Torah. Thus, they are not only commands and prohibitions but relate intrinsically to the grand storyline of Torah extending from creation to the impending conquest of...
Read More

Translating the Bible with the help of SHEBANQ

Data analysis is very important in the translation and research of the source text of the Hebrew Bible. With data analysis, translation choices can be better supported if you know how to use the tools available. Understanding the syntactical structures of the source...
Read More

Digital Approaches to the Old Testament and Other Sacred Texts — Research Meetings Spring 2021

In the next months we will have an exciting schedule of research meetings and presentations. All will meetings will be online. For Zoom meetings send a request Prof. Wido van Peursen Thursday 4 Feb 2021 11.00–13.00 CET Wido van Peursen Digital Approaches to the Old...
Read More

International Interest in the Course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible

Tuesday morning (Amsterdam time), September 1st, was the start of the course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Because of the coronavirus, all lectures took place online via Zoom meetings. Although it...
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Using a Neural Network to Parse Phrase Atoms in the DSS

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Programme online ETCBC meetings Fall semester 2020

We are happy to announce the ETCBC meetings for the Fall semester. All meetings will be online through Zoom. Tuesday 22 September 2020, 11.00 am CET Text Features and Text Display in Text Fabric Dirk Roorda Text-Fabric, the Python package that...
Read More

“Dark I am and/but lovely”

(And why you should follow the new online minor programme in Bible Translation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) By Lourens de Vries The Hebrew conjunction we in The Song of Solomon (1:5) can be rendered by “and” or “but” and translations have gone both ways. What’s a...
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Lorentz Workshop 2020: Processing Ancient Text Corpora

From 14-21 February of 2020, the Lorentz-workshop “Processing Ancient Text Corpora”, organized by Cody Kingham, Wido van Peursen, Dirk Roorda and Nicolai Winther-Nielsen, in collaboration with the NIAS, took place. It was organized in the very comfortable...
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The Conversion of Features of the Biblical DSS to ETCBC Encoding

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New Text-Fabric module: The Dead Sea Scrolls

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Bootcamp on NLP tools for Syriac

On 17-18 January, the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) organised a 'boot camp' on NLP tools for Syriac. The response was a bit overwhelming; we had to close the registration well before the deadline, because the limit of twenty-five participants was...
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(Re)fuelling Text-Fabric: Updating ETCBC’s Public Data Sources

The research data developed at the ETCBC is live data. The researchers at the ETCBC continuously develop new (theoretical) insights about the research data of the Hebrew Bible and other ancient corpora (e.g. inscriptions from Qumran), review encoding mistakes, and...
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DATABASE

Translating the Bible with the help of SHEBANQ

Data analysis is very important in the translation and research of the source text of the Hebrew Bible. With data analysis, translation choices can be better supported if you know how to use the tools available. Understanding the syntactical structures of the source...
Read More

The Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database – A New Start

    The Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database (SAHD) is a semantic thesaurus of classical Hebrew with the ambitious goal to collect and present as much relevant information as possible. This information includes a complete survey of the occurrences of the...
Read More

International Interest in the Course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible

Tuesday morning (Amsterdam time), September 1st, was the start of the course Digital Hermeneutics and the Reception of the Hebrew Bible at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Because of the coronavirus, all lectures took place online via Zoom meetings. Although it...
Read More

The Brill Peshitta Portal Project

In cooperation with Brill publishers, the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC) and the Peshitta Foundation have prepared an electronic version of Leiden Peshitta edition, Vetus Testamentum Syriace. With the recent publication of the volume containing...
Read More

Using a Neural Network to Parse Phrase Atoms in the DSS

Read More

Programme online ETCBC meetings Fall semester 2020

We are happy to announce the ETCBC meetings for the Fall semester. All meetings will be online through Zoom. Tuesday 22 September 2020, 11.00 am CET Text Features and Text Display in Text Fabric Dirk Roorda Text-Fabric, the Python package that...
Read More

“Dark I am and/but lovely”

(And why you should follow the new online minor programme in Bible Translation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) By Lourens de Vries The Hebrew conjunction we in The Song of Solomon (1:5) can be rendered by “and” or “but” and translations have gone both ways. What’s a...
Read More

Integrating BHSA Data with Wider Biblical Resources on Desktop and Mobile Platforms

It was my pleasure to give a brief overview of BibleBento.com on the 40th anniversary of the ETCBC.  I would like to share a little bit more here, including progress of the development since the presentation. I am a full-time church minister.  I like collecting Bible...
Read More

New Text-Fabric module: The Dead Sea Scrolls

Read More

(Re)fuelling Text-Fabric: Updating ETCBC’s Public Data Sources

The research data developed at the ETCBC is live data. The researchers at the ETCBC continuously develop new (theoretical) insights about the research data of the Hebrew Bible and other ancient corpora (e.g. inscriptions from Qumran), review encoding mistakes, and...
Read More