Dr. Garry Jost presented at the International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Berlin, Germany, and in Boston at the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion in 2017.
Dr. Jost gave two presentations at the international conference last summer in Berlin. The first was titled The Analysis of the Affiliations of Loosely-Aligned Manuscripts in the THEOT Project. He also presented On the Path from Digitization toward Critical Edition: Computational Processes and Tools for Text Critical Analysis of Ethiopic Old Testament Manuscripts.
Dr. Jost’s research is part of the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament (THEOT) project comprised of colleagues in North America, Africa and Europe. This project analyzes manuscripts written in Ge`ez, which is the ancient language of Ethiopia and the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The manuscripts date from the 14th through 20th centuries.
Dr. Jost’s contribution to the THEOT project is the development of computer scripts that: generate a dendrogram (a tool from the field of statistics based on hierarchical clustering); determine which readings in the text are best able to identify a manuscript’s family; and identify which manuscript best represents each family. These scripts help us understand the complex history of these manuscripts, in order to tell the story of the various ecclesiastical and societal processes, and scribal activity that formed their development.
In November 2017, Dr. Jost also presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion in Boston. These annual meetings are the world’s largest gatherings of biblical and religious studies scholars with approximately 10,000 in attendance. His presentation, A Preliminary Study Comparing Ethiopic Old Testament Manuscripts with Hebrew and Greek Texts, was featured in the meeting’s Ethiopic Bible and Literature Program Unit.