But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 15 November 2019 00:40

A Previously Unidentified Folio of 093?

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Earlier this week, I was working on Acts in the forthcoming textual commentary for the Tyndale House Greek New Testament, and I believe there is another page of 093 that the INTF does not currently recognise. Oddly enough, this is not the first time someone at Tyndale House working on Acts has...

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The new volume 24 (2019) of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism  has just been published. It is one of our most packed volumes ever with seven great articles, a review article and several reviews.In case you have a scholarly article on textual criticism in the making, consider...

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For a few years, we've been having an informal lunch at ETS to get together and talk about manuscripts with a group of people who might not be staying for SBL. The ETS lunch is much less formal than the ETC Blog Dinner at SBL. We usually gather around lunch time, walk over to somewhere that has...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 17:00

Myths and Mistakes Now Available

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A new book on textual criticism is now available!
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The New Testament is important, and defending it is important, but what we've noticed is that occasionally well-meaning defenders rely on other well-meaning defenders. If left unchecked, this can lead to a chain of citations that go back to...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 23:50

Dead Sea Scroll Detectives Airs Tonight (U.S.)

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With apologies to Pete Head for the double post today, I thought U.S. readers may like to know about the following episode of NOVA airing tonight on PBS.
Since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, these fragile parchment relics have intrigued scholars, religious leaders, and profiteers...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 21:29

Codex Zacynthius Study Day

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Yesterday ITSEE organised a Study Day at Oriel College in Oxford to report on their research project on Codex Zacynthius (Cambridge, UL, MS Additional 10062) (for a previous contribution from this blog see here). It was a great day with very informative presentations and far too much to summarise...

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imageOutside of certain TR or KJV-only circles, the doctrine of preservation doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention from Protestants anymore. Bill Combs and Dan Wallace have written on it, but those are the only sustained treatments I know of. Theologians seem to focus on issues of inspiration,...

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imageSeveral details about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls are common knowledge. Many in the public, for example, are aware that approximately seventy years ago Bedouin accidentally discovered hundreds of ancient manuscripts near the Dead Sea. Although many understand a few general details about...

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The Egypt Exploration Society today announced two updatesto the statement made on 14 October,as cited below, concerning the papyrus manuscripts which have been removed from the collection:

Missing papyri: two updates to the EES statement of Monday 14 October 2019

First, the EES is happy to report...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:30

Lessons from a Neglected Variant

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imageLast week I was asked to present some research to doctoral students in Southern Seminary’s 1892 Club. I presented on work I am currently doing on Eph 5.22 (see here). For this audience, I wanted to draw out some specific text-critical lessons aimed at budding NT scholars. Here’s what I...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:56

Dirk Obbink Denies Wrongdoing

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imageIn what appears to be his first public statement in months, Dirk Obbink has denied selling EES papyri. Here is his statement as published in the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Obbink, who is still a professor at Oxford, denied the allegations Friday through a statement by his attorneys to the Tribune-Herald,...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 03:24

Welcome Dr. Anthony Ferguson to the Blog

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imagePlease join me in offering a warm welcome to our newest ETC blog contributor, Dr. Anthony Ferguson.Anthony completed his PhD at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he wrote his dissertation under Russell Fuller comparing the non-aligned texts of Qumran to the Masoretic Text.  His...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 03:25

Two Text-Critical Dissertations

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I mention here two dissertations in NTTC that have recently been brought to my attention. The first is by Bart Kamphuis and was completed at VU Amersterdam and has now been published as volume 56 in the NTTS sereis.
Against All Authorities: The New Testament Conjectural Criticism of Jan Hendrik...

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Earlier this summerwe reported on two new papyriwhich accidentally were made public on the webpage of he Institute for New Testament Textual Research. They turned out to be pieces of P129 (1 Cor) and P131 (Romans), respectively. It was the owner, Andrew Stimer, who had sent in documentation and...

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The MOTB has now made the following statement, click image to read (HT: Mike Holmes):
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Authors: Tommy Wasserman...

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imageJust now at 3:30 p.m. (Oxford time) the EES posted the following statement (here):

Professor Obbink and missing EES papyri

On 25 June 2019 the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) posted a statement on its website that it was working with the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) to clarify whether any texts...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 19:26

Corrections in P46

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Jacob W. Peterson has a new article out on the corrections in P46, the very useful, 'An Updated Correction List for Chester Beatty BP II & P. Mich. Inv. 6238 (Gregory-Aland Papyrus 46 [P46])’  BASP 56 (2019), 173-195. Abstract :This study offers an update to previous works on...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 07:14

ETC Blog Dinner SBL 2019

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Dark days in San Diego for the ETC blog!!!  The Hard Rock Café in San Diego has closed somehow in relation to the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel.  I, however, am pleased to announce that our blog will host a dinner at BASIC Bar/Pizza.  We will have our own room, a pizza...

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Earlier this week, I was speaking to Dirk Jongkind about Luke 1:50. The THGNT adopts the phrase "εἰς γενεὰς καὶ γενεάς" as the viable reading that cannot be attributed to harmonisation....

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imagePaolo Trovato has alerted me to an interesting article just published in the latest Storie e linguaggi by one of his doctoral students, Federico Marchetti. The article grows out of his doctoral work and considers manuscripts of Dante that have known exemplars (Abschriftenin NTTC terms)....

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 17:30

Correcting Text und Textwert in Eph 5.22

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Where they have data, the Text und Textwert (TuT) volumes are invaluable. They are not, however, without the occasional mistake. At other times, their data is open to interpretation. Case in point: Eph 5.22.The TuT Paul volumes list a number of readings not given in your NA28/UBS5 hand...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 16:52

New Images of Papyrus 967 (Ezekiel Portion)

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Another portion of the 2nd-3d-century Papyrus 967 (LXX, RA 967), discovered in 1931, that contains parts of Ezekiel, Esther and Daniel has now been digitized and is available on-line. It is the National Library of Spain in Madrid that has digitized their pages with Ezekiel (HT: John Cook).More here...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:44

Handwritten-Text Recognition (HTR) for Syriac Manuscripts

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The Beth Mardutho Facebook pages just announced a major development in the quest to use OCR (optical character recognition) technology for manuscripts. Calling it Handwritten-Text Recognition (HTR), they say they have it working for Syriac manuscripts. I know others have tried this for Greek for...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 22:14

Evidence for Codex Alexandrinus in Egypt

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In a recent article (D. Lincicum, ‘Two Loverlooked Greek Manuscripts of 1 Clement’ Vig. Cr. 73 (2019), 241–253) David Lincicum provides evidence that a Greek manuscript of 1 Clement in the National Library of Greece—EBE 1896—is a direct copy from Codex...

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imageRembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal
I’ve written before on some shorter (not necessarily shortest) Byzantine readings and their significance for the Byzantine priority position held by my esteemed co-blogger, MAR. (See here, here, and here.) Well, I’ve just come across another such...

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