Jul 23

The Biblical School of Jerusalem is creating a new kind of online annotated Bible

Brussels, July 23, 2019 (Cathobel / La Bible En Ses Traditions) Since 2010, with its research programme The Bible in its Traditions, the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem has been working on a new kind of annotated Bible which puts historical study of the Scriptures in dialogue with their rich variety of interpretations over the centuries.

The Bible in Its Traditions (or BEST, from the French La Bible En Ses Traditions) is an online collaborative platform that aims to create the most extensive and helpful set of notes for the entire bible, with information of interest both to biblical scholars and casual readers.

The international collaborative online platform brings together dozens of researchers, in teams working Biblical book by Biblical book. Once registered by the École biblique, each researcher contributes according to their expertise. The Biblical scholars establish and annotate the texts themselves, in their contexts, then are joined by specialists in disciplines linked to the twenty-nine categories of annotation: Jewish studies, patrology, Ancient Near Eastern studies, archaeology, liturgy, theology, Classical and modern humanities, history of art, among others.

By choosing the form a scroll in the digital age, the promoters of the BEST project wanted to fit into this biblical image of “taking from our treasure both what is old and what is new” (Mt 13:52). The scroll was the common form of ancient manuscripts before the invention of the book. On the screen, the user can therefore browse the text from right to left and vice versa, unfolding it from the sides, just like a scroll.

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