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Jun 29, 2011 8:29 PM

Israeli Algorithm Sheds Light On The Bible's Writers

JERUSALEM (AP) - Software developed by an Israeli team is offering new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible.

The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors. When applied to the Bible it teases out distinct writing voices. What the algorithm won't answer is whether -- and exactly how -- the Bible is God's Word.

Bible scholars generally accept that God used the distinct styles and voices of inspired authors.

But the software suggests different authors for parts of the Bible's first five books, authorship that traditionally has been ascribed to Moses alone. It also suggests two authors for the book of Isaiah.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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