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1 researchok  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 3:32:02pm

I’ll bet the Bible Code folks will have what to say about this.

2 William Barnett-Lewis  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 3:40:01pm

I’d love to see what comes out of a study by this software of Isaiah and the Pauline corpus.

3 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 3:56:28pm

Very interesting. I’d be curious to know to what extent what the computer spits out matches what scholars have already been able to piece together.

4 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 4:31:43pm

The problem with this, just as with the “Bible Code” software, is that the programmers’ pre-existing prejudices will “prove” what they already believe to be true.

5 John Vreeland  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 5:18:29pm

I think the point of using the software is that it is supposed to be based on an unbiased algorithm—-one that any expert can examine and judge for himself. It is using mathematical transformations on the text to categorize the style, vocabulary, voice, mood, etc., in what may be a very abstract way or might just be a direct copy of the tools Bible scholars have used for decades.

The “Bible Code” software is just silly and has no meaningful relationship to what is being done here. Comparing the two is like comparing astronomy and astrology.

6 freetoken  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 5:25:22pm

re: #3 SanFranciscoZionist

Agree, that will be interesting. The software may be able to create some sort of probabilistic estimation of language elements that scholars normally wouldn’t do (as it would be too tedious).

re: #5 Vreejack

Agree with that too. It’s pretty clear that each person communicates in their own way and that has been used in a variety of fields. The AI program may not do any better than existing scholars in determining what is from an early priestly class (say from the 7th or 6th century BCE) from later authors or redactors, but I say why not go ahead and try?

7 Decatur Deb  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 5:27:18pm

Offering three to five that Francis Bacon wrote the whole thing.

8 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Wed, Jun 29, 2011 6:46:32pm

re: #4 Alouette

The problem with this, just as with the “Bible Code” software, is that the programmers’ pre-existing prejudices will “prove” what they already believe to be true.

This is nothing like the bible code. The documentary hypothesis and similar interpretations of biblical authorship from many different scholars have long supported the idea of multiple authors. Continuing language analysis has only strengthened the case. Software analysis doesn’t add any specific bias to that mostly accepted hypothesis, it is just a tool to do the task faster.


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