In 1977, Eep Talstra became the coordinator of the newly founded “Werkgroep Informatica.” He has made major contributions to his field of study by his teaching and research on computer analysis of the Old Testament. He wrote his PhD dissertation on
Solomon’s prayer, combining synchronic and diachronic methods of reading. Both the methodological issues of dealing with the text of the Old Testament and the role of linguistic and computational analysis have been central issues in his scholarly career.
As a token of respect for his pioneering efforts in introducing the computer as an analytical tool in this area of biblical studies, the Werkgroep Informatica Vrije Universiteit was renamed after him, its founder, to become the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer. Dr. Talstra remains an active member at the ETCBC through ongoing research on participant tracking and database analysis.