Monday, April 4, 2016

Digital Mishnah

Digital Mishnah 
The Digital Mishnah Project will provide users with a database of digitized manuscripts of the Mishnah from around the world, along with tools for collation, comparison, and analysis. This demo provides fully marked up transcriptions of several major witnesses of tractate Neziqin (Bava Qamma, Bava Metsi'a, and Bava Batra), and illustrates basic functionalities. In addition the transcribed witnesses include several Genizah fragments, with an emphasis on those fragments that join other fragments to make up larger manuscripts

Manuscript witnesses are referred to by the catalog number in the Sussmann Thesaurus (S+0+Sussmann no.). Printed editions are provisionally given serial numbers.

Last update: 7/17/2014.
The browse function presents metadata and a rendering of the transcription that which can be viewed with their metadata and approximately as laid out in the original text.

The compare function allows for the detailed comparison of witnesses. At its core it runs a set of texts through CollateX, which aligns matching words ("tokens"). The Digital Mishnah site remerges this output with the original textual data and represents the results both as an alignment table, and as a text with critical apparatus. The user can determine the passage, the witnesses, and the order. Because we anticipate that a number of users will prefer a parallel-column ("synoptic") presentation, the collate page shows an arrangement of the selected passage arranged in parallel columns by witness in the user-specified order. Note: The previous version of this set of functions is at collate

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