Toward distant reading of the New Testament commentary: exploring bibliographical and structured textual data

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dc.contributor Wilson, Emma Annette
dc.contributor Albertson, Dan
dc.contributor.advisor MacCall, Steven L.
dc.contributor.author Adams, Richard Manly
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-19T19:37:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-19T19:37:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002742
dc.identifier.other Adams_alatus_0004M_13255
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3380
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study argues for distant reading techniques as a new form of understanding the genre of the New Testament commentary. Though it is a dominant form of New Testament scholarship, the commentary is a difficult genre to understand, due to the size of the corpus and the close reading techniques common in Biblical studies. The scholar who wants to understand the genre, therefore, is forced to choose representative samples, a subjective process that distorts understanding of the genre. This study introduces a reading technique that looks for patterns of development over this large corpus, distant reading that will help scholars understand the changes in the commentary over time and help identify places where close reading is warranted. To introduce an alternative form of reading this study demonstrates two modes of reading the genre. The first is a mining of the bibliographical metadata to demonstrate trends in the publication patterns and sizes of New Testament commentaries. The second is to structure commentaries based on their treatment of individual chapters and verses of New Testament texts, as a way of charting the priorities of given commentators over time. The study concludes with an invitation to librarians to work to better prepare the corpus of the New Testament commentary for distance reading.
dc.format.extent 99 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Information science
dc.subject.other Biblical studies
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Toward distant reading of the New Testament commentary: exploring bibliographical and structured textual data
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Library and Information Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Library and Information Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.name M.L.I.S.


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