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Nicolai Winther-Nielsen
Teol.dr. professor of Hebrew Bible and Information and Communications Technology

nwn@fiuc.dk
Tlf.: +45 5134 7929
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Curriculum Vitae

Areas of competence

  • Hebrew Bible
  • Corpus-based language learning
  • Persuasive technology
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Role and Reference Grammar
  • Law in the Pentateuch
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Psalms

Presentation

My research focuses on design of language learning for corpus-linguistic technology, using the database of the Hebrew Bible developed at the Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer at the VU University in Amsterdam. I have for a decade coordinated the development of Bible Online Learner. Since my dissertation I have worked with the functional linguistic theory of Role and Reference Grammar, applying the theory to Biblical Hebrew and exploring to how a database can be used for interpretation of Biblical texts. I have been involved in translating books of the Hebrew Bible into Danish.

For 2018 I am developing a new course design for corpus-driven Biblical Hebrew and exploring the force of the flipped classroom and how to improve supervision of learners through performance tracking. I am also working on the ethical use of instruction in the Pentateuch. For teaching and research, I plan in 2019 focus on research for introduction to the Hebrew Bible, while continuing my specialized research on learning design and linguistic analysis of Biblical Hebrew. I intend to continue my studies of the Pentateuch and Psalms.

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Selected Publications

Learning technology

  • 2017 Interactive Tools and Tasks for the Hebrew Bible: From Language Learning to Textual Criticism. I: Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages.  Journal of Mining and Digital Humanities. [Published October 27: https://jdmdh.episciences.org/4003], s. 1-27.
  • 2014 PLOTLearner’s Persuasive Achievement: Force, Flow and Context in Technology for Language Learning from the Hebrew Bible. HIPHIL Novum, 2014; 1(2), s. 78-94 [http://hiphil.org/index.php/hiphil/article/view/57]
  • 2013 Behringer, R., Gram-Hansen, S.B., Soosay, M., Mikulecká, J., Smith, C., Winther-Nielsen, N., and Herber, E. 2013. Persuasive Technology for Learning in Business Context. International Journal of Information Systems and Engineering (IJISE), ISSN 2289 – 3709, vol 1., no.1. Kuala Lumpur, April 2013. Also presented at ASCENT Conference, 11.-12.April 2013, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
  • 2012 Stones on Display in Joshua 6: The Linguistic Tree-Constructor as a ‘PLOT’ Tool. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 12, Article 17, 1-29 [http://www.jhsonline.org/JHS/Articles/article_179.pdf]
  • 2011 Persuasive Hebrew exercises: The wit of technology enhanced language learning. I:  Peursen, Wido Th. van & Dyk, Janet W., eds., Tradition and Innovation in Biblical Interpretation. Studies Presented to Professor Eep Talstra on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (Studia Semitica Neerlandica). Leiden: Brill, 277-298

Linguistics

  • 2017 Corpus-driven Valence: Give and the meaning ofנתן   nātan in Genesis. I: Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Data, Methods, and Analyses, edited by Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius. Eisenbrauns: Winona Lake, s. 363-385
  • 2016 How to Classify Hebrew Verbs: Plotting Verb-Specific Roles. In Contemporary Examinations of Classical Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac): Valency, Lexicography, Grammar, and Manuscripts, ed T. M. Lewis, A. Salvesen, og B. Turner. Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages 5. Piscataway, NJ.: Gorgias, s 67–94
  • 2009 Biblical Hebrew parsing on display: The Role-Lexical Module (RLM) as a tool for Role and Reference Grammar. SEE-J Hiphil 6 [http://hiphil.org/index.php/hiphil/article/view/43], 1-51
  • 2008 A Role-Lexical Module (RLM) for Biblical Hebrew: A mapping tool for RRG and WordNet. In R.D. Van Valin Jr, ed. Investigations of the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface [SLCs 105], 455-478. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Dissertation

  • 1995 A Functional Discourse Grammar of Joshua. A Computer-assisted Rhetorical Structure Analysis (CBOTS 40). Uppsala: Almquist & Wiksell, 353 pages
  • 1995 Winther-Nielsen, Nicolai and Eep Talstra. A Computational Display of the Book of Joshua. A Computer-assisted Analysis and Textual Interpretation. (Applicatio, vol. 13) Amsterdam: VU Press, 129 pages

Recent Publications

  • 2016 How to Classify Hebrew Verbs: Plotting Verb-Specific Roles. In Contemporary Examinations of Classical Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac): Valency, Lexicography, Grammar, and Manuscripts, ed T. M. Lewis, A. Salvesen, og B. Turner. Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages 5. Piscataway, NJ.: Gorgias, s 67–94
  • 2107a. The Corpus as Tutor: Data-driven Persuasive Language Learning. I: HIPHIL Novum 4(1): 23-34 [http://hiphil.org/index.php/hiphil/article/view/81]
  • 2017b. Corpus-driven Valence: Give and the meaning ofנתן   nātan in Genesis. I: Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics: Data, Methods, and Analyses, edited by Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius. Eisenbrauns: Winona Lake, s. 363-385
  • 2017c. Interactive Tools and Tasks for the Hebrew Bible: From Language Learning to Textual Criticism. I: Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages.  Journal of Mining and Digital Humanities. [Published October 27: https://jdmdh.episciences.org/4003], s. 1-27.   
  • 2018a. Mosebøgernes brug som vejledning. I Jakob Olsen (ed), Den kristne forkyndelse : teori og praksis fra Bibelen, i historien, til verden. Fredericia: Forlaget Kolon, s. 14-67
  • 2018a. Gottschalk J., Winther-Nielsen N. Enabling Faith-Inspired Education on the Sustainable Development Goals Through e-Learning. In: Leal Filho W. (eds) Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham, s. 17-30.
  • 2018b. Gottschalk J., Winther-Nielsen N. Remote but Connected: Ownership-Inspired Behavior-Driven Development and What an E-Learning Governance System for Africa Could Look like. In U. M. Azeiteiro et al. (eds.), Lifelong Learning and Education in Healthy and Sustainable Cities, World Sustainability Series, Verlag, s. 249-261
  • 2018c. Gottschalk J., Winther-Nielsen N. Wie E-Learning für Theologen in Afrika zur Erreichung der Sustainable Development Goals beitragen kann. In: Leal Filho W. (eds).Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre. Eine Herausforderung für Hochschulen. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, s. 145-160

Education

  • 1974     One-year program ved Det Hebraiske Universitet i Jerusalem
  • 1978     Subsidiary degree in Assyriology at University of Copenhagen
  • 1982     Candidate degree of Theology, University of Copenhagen
  • 1985     Studies at University of Texas in Arlington, USA
  • 1995     Teol.dr., University of Lund, exegesis of the Hebrew Bible

Employment

  • 1976-1982    Teaching Assistant at Dansk Bibel-Institut
  • 1982-1991    Assistent Professor at Dansk Bibel-Institut
  • 1991-2002    Associate Professor at Menighedsfakultetet
  • 2002             Pastor Emdrup Church
  • 2002-2014    Associate Professor at Dansk Bibel-Institut
  • 2003-2015    External Lecturer at Aalborg University
  • 2010, 2013    Visiting Professor at Lutheran Graduate School of Theology, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
  • 2012-2014    Associate Professor at FIUC-DK
  • 2014-            Professor of Hebrew Bible and ICT at FIUC-DK and Dansk Bibel-Institut
  • 2014-            Director of Global Learning Initiative
  • 2016-            Affiliated researcher at Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer

Conferences

Keynote Speaches since 2013

  • 2017.11.01 The TaNaKh training translators. Invited keynote presenter for expert meeting on the occasion of the 40th anniversiary of the Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer.
  • 2016.12.15 The TaNaKh Training Translators in China: How Bible Online Learner can be adapted to language learning and translation tasks. Invited presenter for conference “Is Dao/Torah Translatable? – Inter-traditional Dialogue between Chinese and Jewish Traditions,” Tel Aviv University
  • 2014.11.08 PLOTLearner Phase II. Invited speaker for 120 year anniversary of theological education in the Malagassy Lutheran Church (FLM) og 25 year jubilee for Lutheran Graduate School of Theology, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
  • 2014.08.13 Inaugural leacture: Bibelen som drivkraft for læring.
  • 2013.05.03 Corpus-Driven, Self-Directed Persuasive Learning. Invited key note speaker for workshop on occasion of the inaugural of Vido van Peursen as professor at the VU University.

Recent papers at conferences

  • 2018.06.25. Bible Online Learner in the Flipped Classroom. Session on Data-driven Teaching with the ETCBC database, at National Association of Hebrew Professors, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2017.11.16 Corpus-driven Hebrew Langue Learning: From Madagascar to the End of the World. Invited for session on Hebrew Instruction. ETS Providence
  • 2017.11.18 The Corpus-driven Online Hebrew Classroom. Paper at SBL in Boston.
  • 2016.11.20 Corpus-driven visualization of textual worlds. Joint paper at SBL in San Antonio with Jens Bruun Kofoed
  • 2015.11.21 The Bible Online Learner as a complete Biblical Hebrew language learning environment for seminaries and theological faculties. SBL GERT session, with Oliver Glanz, Andrews University
  • 2015.11.20 The Hebrew Verb Cruncher: Prototyping in Word.  SBL Techonology Session,
  • 2015.08.02 Why Eve Shouldn’t Eat the Snake: An Intelligent Answer from Corpus-driven Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Biblical Hebrew. Paper at the Biannual RRG conference at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf
  • 2015.04.07 Corpus-based Learning of Biblical Hebrew. Presentation at Archiving and Network Services (DANS) for Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in Den Haag.

Workshop organizer

  • 2018.03.19-23. Co-organizer of international workshop “Original Language Resources for Bible Translation and Education: The ETEN Workshop in Copenhagen (cf. https://fiuc.dk/fiuc-dk-hosts-international-workshop-in-march-2018 -driven Teaching with the ETCBC database, at National Association of Hebrew Professors, University of Amsterdam.

Research Groups

  • 2014-             Member of the Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer Research Group
  • 2013-             Co-chair of Global Education and Research Technology Program Unit at SBL
  • 2010-2013      Workpackage leader for EuroPLOT, an EU-funded ICT project