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Digital Biblical Studies Platform: Current Status of Biblical Database Construction and Directions for Developing a Digital Biblical Studies Research Platform

Kyoungsik Kim 1

1감리교신학대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article investigates the potential pathways for creating an digital research framework aimed at biblical studies, incorporating digital humanities methodologies, an area identified as "digital biblical studies." The discourse emphasizes two fundamental elements: firstly, pinpointing the pivotal and core biblical databases - related to text, morphology, and syntax - imperative for digital biblical studies; and secondly, scrutinizing the architecture and course of action for fashioning a digital biblical studies platform grounded in these databases. Several academic institutions have created a wealth of biblical databases. Some of these databases can only be accessed through proprietary software (such as Andersen-Forbes Phrase Marker Analysis, Accordance Hebrew Syntax Database, Westminster Hebrew Morphology), whereas others are distributed as open-source tools, accessible freely (examples include Open Scriptures Hebrew Bible, Westminster Hebrew Syntax, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia Amstelodamensis). When considering the design of a versatile and scalable digital biblical studies platform, it is beneficial to employ these open-source databases, as they permit free customization and enhancements. Given that every bible database is predicated on its unique linguistic theory, it is vital to select or modify a database that suits one's research trajectory. The intended digital biblical studies platform will be rooted in these bible databases, but it must be designed to be dynamic and open, enabling users to produce their own content and integrate new functionalities. The digital biblical studies platform should not be the sole product of a single person; rather, it should be a cooperative effort between scholars from various academic domains. With this developmental strategy, my ambition is to design a digital biblical studies platform that can be operational in Korea, leveraging the "AlphaAlef Bible" that is currently being developed.

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