Accessing The Bible With 21st Century Technology

January 8, 2013 4:45 pm 3 comments

A Torah scroll. Photo: Algemeiner.

The Bible, the best-selling book in history, is transitioning into the 21st century. An online project which intends to produce the first grassroots Bible, Tanakh b’Mirshetet (The Bible Online) has uploaded the entire Tanakh online. Each of its 23,127 verses is awaiting a participant that chooses a verse on the site, and may dedicate it, or indicate why they chose it. The final objective is to get 23,127 people to select one verse each, thus having a complete Tanakh annotated on the internet by the Israeli public.

So far some 8,000 verses have been chosen. There are around 15,000 more to be selected and personalized. Upon completing registration, each participant receives a certificate attesting to his participation.

The aim of the project, Raphael Harkham, project coordinator, told Tazpit News Agency, is to highlight the Bible’s unique value, not only to the Jewish people, but as a platform for dialogue: “It’s a project to unite Israelis from all different sectors, while strengthening the connection between the nation and the Book. It is a great platform for Tanakh conversation and a great tool for Tanakh study. We are also working to get Israeli youths involved. I feel this project is especially important for them because they represent Israel’s future.”

The site is currently in Hebrew, and four other versions are planned – English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
The website launched in April 2011 as part of a global project run by The Bible Valley, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry. In the project, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, of all faiths, copy the Bible in their own handwriting, in 100 languages. This was preceded by the Bible Valley’s inaugural project “Children of the World Illustrate the Bible”, in which hundreds of thousands of Bible paintings were sent from 91 countries.

After all the verses of the Tanakh have been selected, the book will be printed, and along with the Bibles in 100 languages, will be placed in the planned Heichal Hatanach (The Hall of the Bible), to be built at the City of David in Jerusalem.

At the launch of the website, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his cabinet were the first to choose their verses. Netanyahu chose the first verse: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4). Minister of Communications Moshe Kahlon chose “A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?” (Psalms 121:1). Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he chose his verse because this was the vision of the prophets of Israel for the entire world: “While the Tanakh has a universal aspect, it is, first of all, the Jewish people’s book of books. The Tanakh conquers with its ideals, faith and unique character. No other book can compare to it. We hope that one day peace will prevail among all nations, and nation will not lift up sword against nation.”

3 Comments

  • Bible in 21st century technology..that’s sounds so interesting. I am desperately awaiting to get it soon.

  • Yeshayahu Hollander

    It often amazes me how absolute nonsense appears in the mainstream media, and even more nonsense is on the Internet. Example: the second sentence in this article: “An online project which intends to produce the first grassroots Bible, Tanakh b’Mirshetet (The Bible Online) has uploaded the entire Tanakh online.”

    Since 1998, I have been using http://www.mechon-mamre.org/, with the Tanakh in Hebrew and English.

    It seems that the novelty of this version is the request for public participation. This is a good thing, but stealing the reputation of an old and good service is not the way to go about it.

  • Excellent project that I’ll love to contribute to!

    For over a decade I’ve studied and written on the Tanakh. The Hebrew Bible is my greatest and most loved book. My latest book which the following link-http://www.amazon.com/The-Igbos-Israel-Inter-cultural-ebook/dp/B008N2VHBI- leads to is in some ways a commentary on the Torah.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.