Bible Review 4:1, February 1988


Bible Review

Westminster Scholars Complete Computerized Hebrew Bible Project

A team of Old Testament scholars at Westminster Theological Seminary, headed by assistant professor J. Alan Groves, has completed work on a computerized version of the Hebrew Bible.

Groves notes that while computer-assisted research on the Hebrew Bible has been in progress for a number of years, study has been hindered by the thousands of errors within each of the computer-coded texts available to scholars for study.

The Westminster group, composed largely of doctoral students enrolled in the seminary’s Ph. D. program, spent more than two years correcting a computer-coded text of the Leningrad Codex, the oldest complete Hebrew manuscript in existence.

The Leningrad Codex dates to 1009 A.D. Discovered in Leningrad in the early part of this century, the codex was first published in the late 1930s by the German Bible Society. The most recent edition is the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS), published in 1977. The Westminster project proofread and corrected the computer-readable BHS encoded by a joint team from the University of Michigan and the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, in Claremont, California.

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