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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Technology For Manuscripts and Artifacts
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Associated Journals and Organizations: Bible Technologies Group

SBL Program Units
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Computer Assisted Research
Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy
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Sites of Interest

  • The Medieval Unicode Font Initiative is a non-profit workgroup of scholars and font designers who would like to see a common solution to a problem felt by many medieval scholars: the encoding and display of special characters in Medieval texts written in the Latin alphabet.
  • Academic Commons
    Offers a forum for investigating and defining the role that technology can play in liberal arts education. Sponsored by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College, Academic Commons publishes essays, reviews, interviews, showcases of innovative uses of technology, and vignettes that critically examine technology uses in the classroom.
  • NINCH
    Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials; excellent guide to best practices to insure that digitized materials are useful both now and for future projects.
  • New Testament Transcripts Prototype
    The prototype for transcripts of New Testament manuscripts from the Institute for New Testament Textual Research at the University of Münster; as an adaptation of modern technology to a traditional scholarly task, this project has no equals in the world of biblical textual studies and only one outside that realm. (Peter Robison's Chaucer project; It should be noted that Professor Robinson is acting as an adviser to this project.)
  • Cuneiform Signs
    Analysis of the issues surrounding the development of a proposal for encoding the Cuneiform writing system for inclusion in the Unicode standard. Note that these reports are not static and will be updated on a continuing basis.
  • "Un Escrito y Varios Textos.
    Informatica y Filologia. Recension texto ugaritico." Jesus-Luis Cunchillos y Juan-Pablo Vita. Laboratorio de Hermeneumetica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid 2002; free book in PDF format covering development of a recension of the Ugaritic texts and the advantages of computers in such efforts
  • Vindolanda Tablets Online.
    While not strictly relevant to biblical studies per se, this site offers a glimpse of the possibilities that technology can bring to the presentation of primary source materials. It should be noted that this is a collaborative effort that combines the talents of content specialists with those of technologists to result in a resource beyond the capabilities of either working alone.
 
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