Ancient texts, once written by hand on parchment and papyrus, are now increasingly discoverable online in newly digitized editions, and their readers now work online as well as in traditional libraries. So what does this mean for how scholars may now engage with these texts, and for how the disciplines of biblical, Jewish and Christian studies might develop? These are the questions that contributors to this volume address. Subjects discussed include textual criticism, palaeography, philology, the nature of ancient monotheism, and how new tools and resources such as blogs, wikis, databases and digital publications may transform the ways in which contemporary scholars engage with historical sources. Contributors attest to the emergence of a conscious recognition of something new in the way that we may now study ancient writings, and the possibilities that this new awareness raises.
Claire Clivaz, Ph. D (2007), University of Lausanne, is Assistant Professor in New Testament and Early Christian Studies. She has published books and articles in her field as well as in the Digital Humanities field, including
Reading Tomorrow (2012).
Andrew Gregory (DPhil, 2001), is Chaplain and Fellow of University College, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford. His other publications include
The Reception of Luke and Acts in the Period before Irenaeus and (as editor and contributor)
The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers.
David Hamidovic, Ph.D. (2003), Sorbonne University (Paris IV), is Full Professor in Jewish Apocryphal Literature and History of Judaim in Antiquity. He has published books and articles in his field, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Contributors include Ory Amitay, Claire Clivaz, Elie Dannaoui, Juan Garces, Andrew Gregory, David Hamidovic, Russell Hobson, Hugh Houghton, Laurence Mellerin, Sara Schulthess, Pnina Shor, Charlotte Touati and Romina Vergari.
List of Contributors
List of Abstracts
1. Introduction: Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early Christian Studies
PART ONE: DIGITIZED MANUSCRIPTS
2. The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. The Digitization Project of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Pnina Shor 3. Dead Sea Scrolls Inside Digital Humanities. A Sample
David Hamidović 4. The Electronic Scriptorium: Markup for New Testament Manuscripts
Hugh Houghton 5. Digital Arabic Gospels Corpus
Elie Dannaoui 6. The Role of the Internet in New Testament Textual Criticism: the Example of the Arabic Manuscripts of the New Testament
Sara Schulthess 7. The Falasha Memories Project. Digitalization of the Manuscript BNF, Ethiopien d’Abbadie
PART TWO: DIGITAL ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND PUBLISHING
8. The Seventy and Their 21st-Century Heirs. The Prospects for Digital Septuagint Research
Juan Garces 9. Digital Approaches to the Study of Ancient Monotheism
Ory Amitay 10. Internet Networks and Academic Research: the Example of the New Testament Textual Criticism
Claire Clivaz 11. New Ways of Searching with Biblindex, the Online Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature
Laurence Mellerin 12. Aspects of Polysemy in Biblical Greek. A Preliminary Study for a New Lexicographical Resource
Romina Vergari 13. Publishing Digitally at the University Press? A Reader’s Perspective
Andrew Gregory 14. Does not Biblical Studies Deserve to Be an Open Source Discipline?
Scholars and advanced students with an interest in using digital technology to facilitate new approaches to ancient texts, and specialists in Jewish nd Christian studies and related fields.