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The Syriac Old Testament, also known as Peshitta, in Text-Fabric


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SWH DOI Project Status: Unsupported – The project has reached a stable, usable state but the author(s) have ceased all work on it. A new maintainer may be desired.

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 repo is a research environment for the study of the (Old Testament) Peshitta.

The Peshitta is the ancient Syriac translation Old Testament. Originating from the 2nd cent. AD, it is still the standard text of the Bible in many churches that use the Syriac language in their liturgy. See Wikipedia.

You can run your own programs off-line, and publish your work in online notebooks. To that end, the plain text of the Peshitta has brought into Text-Fabric format, which is a good starting point for textual data processing.

For authors, provenance and license: see About.



The main processing tool is Text-Fabric. It is instrumental to turn the analysis of ancient data into computing narratives.

The ecosystem is Python and Jupyter notebooks.

Getting started

Start with the tutorial.


  • 2021-03-11 New release based on new and improved data
  • 2018-10-16 Peshitta as a full-blown Text-Fabric app. Archived at Zenodo.


With the help of the Hannes Vlaardingerbroek and the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer, VU University Amsterdam.