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The Use of Computers in Biblical Research

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Computers provide the reader with passive tools that are also active and interactive when used as an extension of one's own thinking in the study of Scripture. Computer programs and databases serve active and passive functions. In biblical scholarship, computer-assisted studies have focused on the following areas: authorship studies, stylistics, linguistics, statistics and textual criticism. The creation of the CATSS database in Philadelphia and Jerusalem brought about a host of studies based on the morphological analysis of the Hebrew and the Greek and on features in the parallel alignment. The great majority of the software programs of the Hebrew Bible represent the Leningrad Codex or BHS. The text of the MT is thus available in several commercial software packages bearing such names as Accordance, BibleWorks, the Jewish Classics Library, Logos, WordSearch, Gramcord, Bible Windows, SESB, and Global Jewish Database.

Keywords: biblical research; CATSS database; computers; Gramcord; Hebrew Bible; Scripture



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