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In The Beginning, When Making Copies Used To Be An Art... The Bible Among Poets And Engineers

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This chapter concentrates on the question concerning what it means when biblical scholars in our days again try to enter the area of computer-assisted textual research. Literary composition and manuscript tradition tend to complicate, or even disturb the study of textual structure and linguistic analysis. The chapter illustrates this complicated relationship of computer-assisted textual analysis and the tasks of philology. It presents three examples of texts taken from the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. The goal is also to present some experiments with description and interpretation, especially in the areas where linguistic and literary study meet or even clash. E-philology is not restricted to a special branch of general linguistics; it should be more than the linguistic analysis of a corpus of ancient texts. E-philology is a special branch of cultural studies, because its main interest is in the interaction of design and history.

Keywords: biblical scholars; computer-assisted textual analysis; E-philology; Ezekiel; Isaiah; Jeremiah; linguistic analysis; literary composition; textual structure



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