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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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:15

Septuagint Summer Course at Trinity Western

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Please see the flyer below announcing the Septuagint Summer School course, June 24–28, 2019, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), to be taught by Dr. John Screnock, Research Fellow in Hebrew Bible, University of Oxford.
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Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:23

Leander Keck on Textual Criticism and Inerrancy

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imageI once had the pleasure of meeting Leander Keck in Cambridge where he used to attend the NT seminars when he was in town. Since then I have tried, from time to time, to read some of his work.Here is a bit from one of his very early books on his theological approach to the Bible called Taking the...

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I am excited to announce that Will Kynes will be giving a lecture in the Chapel at Phoenix Seminary on his latest OUP monograph: An Obituary for “Wisdom Literature”: The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus. Students and the general public in and...

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At the end of this month, Peter Williams is set to give the Cooley Lecture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte) on a topic that will be of interest to our readers. Here is the info from the brochure.

Can We Know the Exact Words of God? 

Peter J. WilliamsPrincipal of Tyndale House...

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Last week, guest blogger, Anthony Ferguson, described his recently defended and completed dissertation on the 'Non-Aligned' Texts of Qumran and reported on its major conclusions. I asked Anthony to write another post on the texts preserving Psalms at Qumran, and he kindly obliged. Thank...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:02

Logos in Oxford, 29 May–12 June 2019

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Our friends at SCIO are planning another Logos conference in Oxford this summer:
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Logos in Oxford

A summer workshop on biblical texts, vocation, and the Christian mind

Offered by SCIO with funding provided by Steve and Jackie Green To be held at St Hugh’s College, University of OxfordProgramme...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:00

Important Series for New Testament Textual Criticism

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imageI’m slowly working on a syllabus for a new ThM-level course in NT textual criticism and that means putting together a student-friendly bibliography. I thought it might be helpful to students to have a list of the most important text-critical series. Here’s what I have so far. See what...

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Yesterday, I wrote that I would devote a full post to what was one of my favourite items in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library.
The catalogue entry gives it the title “The earliest Durham gospel-book”, not to be confused with the Durham Gospels (also on...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 16:00

Cats, Bibles and More at the British Library

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Over the weekend, I made a trip to the British Library and got to see an amazing exhibit: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. This exhibition is open until 19 February 2019 and features some amazing manuscripts:
Treasures from the British Library’s own collection, including the...

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Last month, I noted the completion of Anthony Ferguson's dissertation, “A Comparison of the Non-Aligned Texts of Qumran to the Masoretic Text.” In this guest post, Anthony describes his thesis in more detail, and I hope it stirs up some discussion on this crucial topic. Anthony will...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 15:00

Newberry Library webpage on the great polyglots

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The Newberry Library in Chicago has a nice webpage introducing the great polyglot Bibles of the 16th–17th century. It gives helpful details for the Complutensian (1517), Antwerp (1571), and London (1657) polyglots with bibliography at the end. The comparison feature is a nice...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 05:35

‘The God Who Speaks’ documentary

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imageI’ve just been alerted to the release of a new Bible documentary for Christians called The God Who Speaks. The contributors are (with one exception?) American-based Evangelical scholars, apologists, or pastors. You can buy the DVD at the website or stream it for free if you have Amazon Prime.I...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 06:39

Who Said It?

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Time for another round of everyone’s favorite game, “Who Said It?” No using Google, although in this case it won’t help you anyway.
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Since the Textus Receptus was overcome by the scholarly textual criticism of the 19th century, there is tenacious negative bias against the...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:00

Top Ten Posts of 2018

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This year, the ETC blog has been humming, publishing more posts than in any single year since 2010. We even had legit posts on Old Testament textual criticism thanks to John! We want to say thanks to all who read, comment, email, and follow on social media. At the end of the year I like to look...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 05:07

Another Important, Shorter Reading in the Byzantine Text

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imageEarlier this year, I wrote about two important, shorter readings in the Byzantine text in 1 John 2.23; 3.1. I suggested that they were important because they both look to be simple omissions by parablepsis and so secondary readings. That said, I find it impossible to believe that the majority...

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The current volume 23 (2018) of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism is now complete with six fine articles and nine reviews, linked below. The journal is flourishing, and some good things will happen next year. Many further articles and reviews are already in the pipeline. As one of the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:00

Books of Interest to Textual Criticism

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We all know one of the best things about the annual SBL conference is the bookstalls. You get a chance to samples the latest and greatest offerings from the major publishers. Even though I try to keep my eye on new publications I inevitably see things there I had missed. This year I came across...

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imageAs time allows (and it doesn’t allow much these days), I continue to be interested in how theologians in the Reformation period and after dealt with the problems of textual criticism. Lately, that interest has taken me to historian Garnet Milne’s self-published book on the Westminster...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 18:30

RIP Walter E.H. Cockle (1939–2018)

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imageI was very sorry to hear via an announcement on the Papy-L discussion list that Walter E.H. Cockle has passed away on 6 December 2018.I first met Walter at the Fifth Birmingham Colloquium of Textual Criticism in 2007 where I presented a paper (and he was chairing the session). I then met him at...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 17:00

New Article on Revelation Papyri

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imageP.Oxy. LXVI 4500 (GA 0308) 
By now, many of you will have been tired (or worse) of my yappings about Revelation manuscripts. I’m sorry, I can’t help it and, what doesn’t help matters, the text of Revelation also happens to be the main focus of my day job. Anyway, one of the...

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Last month, Anthony Ferguson (recent PhD graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “A Comparison of the Non-Aligned Texts of Qumran to the Masoretic Text.” Russel Fuller, Peter Gentry, and Terry...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

Pasquale Orsini’s New Book on Palaeography

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imageI’d like to draw attention ever so briefly to Pasquale Orsini’s excellent Studies on Greek and Coptic Majuscule Scripts and Books, published last month by De Gruyter (Studies in Manuscript Cultures 15). Many readers of our blog will have been familiar with Orsini’s...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:00

New Review of THGNT

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imageIn the latest Puritan Reformed Journal, Jeffrey Riddle has a review of the THGNT which he has uploaded to Academia. I believe Jeff is a proponent of either the Majority Text or the Received Text (not sure which exactly) and that pokes through at various points, notably in this latest sentence:...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:17

Brent Nongbri Responds

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imageSome of you may recall my recent post where I mention my recent article that briefly disputes Brent Nongbri’s case for P18’s greater likelihood of being a codex. Following this, Brent concocted a twofold response, which is as eloquent as it is amicable. In Part 1, he engages with...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 21:40

Papyrus Artemidorus in the News Again

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In 2009 Peter Head wrote a short piece on this blog about the Artemidorus Papyrus. There has been an endless debate over the authenticity of this manuscript, purportedly a work by the first-century BCE geographer Artemidorus, which was purchased in the early 2000s by an Italian foundation...

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