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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Amstelodamensis)

SWH DOI Project Status: Active – The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed.

etcbc dans tf

BHSA Family

  • bhsa Core data and feature documentation
  • phono Phonological representation of Hebrew words
  • parallels Links between similar verses
  • valence Verbal valence for all occurrences of some verbs
  • trees Tree structures for all sentences
  • bridging Open Scriptures morphology ported to the BHSA
  • pipeline Generate the BHSA and SHEBANQ from internal ETCBC data files
  • shebanq Engine of the shebanq website

Extended family

  • dss Dead Sea Scrolls
  • extrabiblical Extra-biblical writings from ETCBC-encoded texts
  • peshitta Syriac translation of the Hebrew Bible
  • syrnt Syriac translation of the New Testament


This is the text-fabric representation of the Hebrew Bible Database, containing the text of the Hebrew Bible augmented with linguistic annotations compiled by the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer, VU University Amsterdam.

This repository contains several versions of the dataset, going back to 2011. It is meant to accumulate new versions over the years. The data in versions will not change, new versions will be stored next to the old versions.

So this repository addresses the need for permanency as well as the urge for change.

More information, especially about the data versions and annotation features, can be found on the data documentation pages.

See also


This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). That means:

  • You may download the data and use it: process, copy, modify;
  • You may use the data to create new software applications;
  • You may use the data for research and publish any amount of results;
  • When you publish this data or results you obtained from them, you have to comply with the following:
    • give proper attribution to the data when you use it in new applications, by citing this persistent identifier: 10.17026/dans-z6y-skyh.
    • do not use the data for commercial applications without consent; for any commercial use, please contact the German Bible Society.

How to use

This data can be processed by Text-Fabric.

Text-Fabric will automatically download the BHSA data.

After installing Text-Fabric, you can start the Text-Fabric browser by this command

text-fabric etcbc/bhsa

Alternatively, you can work in a Jupyter notebook and say

from import use

A = use('etcbc/bhsa')

In both cases the data is downloaded and ends up in your home directory, under text-fabric-data.

See also start and search.

There is also a static search interface. It is online, but it works on your computer, in the browser.

Just click bhsa-search and off you go.


Dirk Roorda

Note that the data content of this repo is the multi-year work of the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer, VU University Amsterdam.


Hebrew Bible + Linguistic annotations in text-fabric format. Fixed and ongoing versions.







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