Abstract

Linking Syriac Data

 

How do the Biblical heritage and Hellenistic culture interact in the oldest documents of Syriac Christianity?
At the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC ) we will compare the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Syriac translation (the Peshitta) with the Syriac Book of the Laws of the Countries (ca. 200 AD) using linguistic data processing, especially topic modelling.

Processing of the Hebrew Bible has been made possible by the CLARIAH component SHEBANQ. In this project we will add Syriac texts to the procedure.
The material is digitally available, but requires further preparation to be delivered in research-ready shape. We will expose the analysed Syriac texts as Linked Open Data via syriac.ancient-data.org. In passing, we shall give the same treatment to relevant Hebrew material from SHEBANQ.
This is the second step in developing ancient-data.org as a data provider for research into the Semitic foundational texts from the Ancient Near East, one of the cradles of Western civilization.linksyr