Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies, Early Jewish and Christian Studies


This research group focuses on the transformation of Biblical studies, early Jewish and Christian studies in emerging digital culture – how does the digital context affect research about these subjects and change the outcomes of such research. The link between digital humanities and research in sacred texts was initiated in the 1940s by Fr. Roberto Busa, although the field of Digital Humanities was given this title only in 2001. Our research group is linked to several research centers, with PhD, master and bachelor degrees and focuses especially on the transformation of Biblical studies through digital tools, the affordances of digital technology, and the increasing use of data-led research. Biblical studies, Early Jewish and Christian studies are progressively integrating digital humanities research methods to their fields and the purpose of this seminar is both to make visible such research and also to stimulate further discussion and research in this topic within EABS.



Digital, Digital Humanities, Bible, Sacred Texts, Digitisation, Online, Digital Culture


Peter Phillips
Durham University

Member Area

Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

Digital practices continue to make significant developments into our work with religious texts. The research group, working closely with research groups at sister conferences have now published five volumes of essays exploring such developments. This year (2022), the research group is keen to welcome papers looking at three specific aspects of digital engagement:

  1. Digitilization of manuscripts, collections, resources for Biblical studies

  2. Innovative machine learning practices and projects

  3. Engagement between wider Digital Culture and religious texts through dissemination or apps.