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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imageOver on his blog, Dan Wallace has just written a post about his involvement with the fragment formerly known as “First-century Mark.” We now know, thanks in part to this post by Dan, that P. Oxy. 5345 isthe fragment formerly known as “first-century Mark” and that it is not,...

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imageIt looks like we are finally getting that First-Century Mark (henceforth, FCM) fragment everyone has been talking about for years. (By the designation “FCM” I am not implying that it actually dates to the first century. I don’t know the date yet. I only mean that “FCM”...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 17:00

Siker’s Liquid Scripture

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imageA recent book from Jeffrey Siker may interest readers here. It’s called Liquid Scripture: The Bible in a Digital World (Fortress, 2017). Claire Clivaz has recently given it a nice review in RBLand she ends with this:
Lastly, it is worth considering an important point...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:00

Meade on Canon on Camera

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My sources tell me that John Meade is currently hiding out in the outer banks, camping or some such thing. Lucky for you, he was recently captured on camera talking about all things canon with several faculty from Southeastern. Take a watch.

Authors: Peter Gurry...

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imagePaolo Trovato is once again putting on his Summer School in Textual Criticism in Ferrara, Italy. The dates are July 2nd–July 7th. I attended a few years ago and can recommend it as a great opportunity. And this year there appears to be an online option.Particularly for...

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If you happen to be in Cambridge for the summer, Cambridge University Library is hosting a series on the Bible in England that looks good.
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From the rise of mass-produced Vulgates in the thirteenth century to the proliferation of innovative vernacular prints in the sixteenth, five lectures will chart...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:00

Where did the Byzantine text come from?

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imageIn my occasional interactions with Byzantine-text-preferring folks, I have been puzzled by how many of them are unaware of modern research on the Byzantine text and its development. Some of these folks sincerely seem to think that Westcott and Hort’s views of the matter are still what modern...

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Yesterday at church, I happened to be reading Eph 5.22 and thinking again about the relationship between Eph 5.21 and Eph 5.22. My NA26, which I had with me at the time, notes the possibility of punctuating v. 21 with v. 22 or separately from it. The NA28 punctuates it with v. 22 and the...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 16:00

The Curious Case of P44

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In my NA28, P44 is listed as a sixth/seventh-century manuscript containing Matt 17.1–3, 6–7; 18.15–17, 19; 25. 8–10 and Jn 9.3–4; 10.8–14; 12.16–18. It seems then to be a lectionary, which is how LDAB and the Met’s website list it. My...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 02:53

PhD Funding in Dublin

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Garrick Allen shares news of funding at Dublin City University for PhDs in Biblical Studies (among other things). He says this could certainly include TC. And since you’d be so close to the Chester Beatty papyri, why not?

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PhD in TheologyDublin City University - School of Theology,...

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imageI’ve been thinking more recently about the significance we attach to technological developments. Think, for instance of the shift from scroll format to codex format or the change from handwritten books to books printed with movable type. Most readers here will be familiar with some of the...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:01

Matthew 24:36 and Rapture Predictions

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imageIn case you missed, it there was another end-times prediction for yesterday.A ‘biblical numerologist’ who goes by ‘David Meade’—no relation to John—predicted that a rogue planet would appear, the rapture would happen, and the world as we know it would generally...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 16:00

Paul's Bible Version in 1 Corinthians 15:54?

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imageI continue my series on what version of the OT is the NT using? Given the discussion of Theodotion or ‘Proto-Theodotion’ last week, it is time to address Paul’s bible version of Isaiah 25:8 in 1 Corinthians 15:54. Once again, we need to remember that when Paul uses...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 05:07

Who said it?

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imageIt’s time for another round of everyone’s favorite game: “who said it?” Now, the invention of Google books has significantly diminished the challenge of this game, but it is best not to spoil it that way.
The point is that we have so many manuscripts of the NT and that these...

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In reading through 1 John with my Greek students this semester, I noticed two unexpected variants. They are both places where the Byzantine majority preserves a shorter reading that is easily explained as an accidental omission.The full Greek data for 1 John 2.23 are in Text und Textwert, but...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:18

Congratulations to Troy Griffitts!

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Good news out of Birmingham today.
ITSEE extends its warmest congratulations to Troy Griffitts, one of its most longstanding doctoral students, on qualifying for the award of PhD.Troy began his studies in Birmingham in September 2010, researching the development of collaborative online frameworks...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 17:00

New Light on ‘Proto-Theodotion’

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Jan Joosten has posted an intriguing paper to academia.edu to be published in a congress volume, “New light on Proto-Theodotion. The Psalms of Solomon and the Milieu of the Kaige Recension.” It is worth reporting on some of the salient points in this piece.Joosten...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 20:30

Larry Hurtado on P52

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imageI recently came across this short video of Craig Evans interviewing Larry Hurtado. It appears to be made during the production of Evans' new documentary, Fragments of Truth (see Peter Gurry's review here). The date of P52 comes up, and Hurtado briefly explains why he thinks it is "among the...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:00

Festschrift for Geoffrey Khan freely available

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imageThe full text of the Festschrift for Geoffrey Khan, one of the world's leading Semitists, is now freely available here. In the opening essay of the volume I write about Semitic long /i/ vowels in Vaticanus NT, making the case that the spellings with epsilon-iota for the long /i/ in Vaticanus...

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imageGreg Lanier is an assistant professor and dean of students at Reformed Theological Seminary and a good friend of mine from Cambridge. Recently, he published a long article in JETS about a particularly knotty textual problem that spans both OT and NT. It also raises important questions for...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 23:54

Review of ‘Fragments of Truth’

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imageThe folks at Faithlife kindly send me a review version of their new documentary Fragments of Truth that comes out two weeks from today. The movie itself is lasts 115 minutes followed by about 30 minutes of Q&A with Craig Evans and others. Evans also serves as tour guide (think Mary Beard...

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imageTimothy Lim has recently written a post for the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins blog (University of Edinburgh) entitled The Canonical Process Reconsidered (the post is a summary of a recent essay which I have not seen yet). Lim is commenting on the Hebrew Bible/Old...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:00

Linguistics and New Testament Greek at Southeastern

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Well, mark April 26–27, 2019 on your calendar because Southeastern Seminary is hosting a conference on Linguistics and New Testament Greek. Here is the description:
This two-day conference is designed to bring students of the Greek New Testament up-to-date regarding current issues related to...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:30

Samples of Early Printed Greek

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Last week I gave a quick tour of Greek New Testament type design over on the Twitter. This was inspired by the arrival of the book Greek Printing Types: 1465–1927: Facsimiles from an Exhibition of Books Illustrating the Development of Greek Printing Shown in the British Museum, 1927 at...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 17:00

Why Does Michelangelo’s Moses Look Like That?

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imageTranslations have consequences. In Exodus 34:29, there is a fascinating example of the tension between the formal and functional renderings of the Hebrew text in the history of its translation. Here are the relevant texts on which I want to focus, but if your translation offers some interesting...

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