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

Evangelical Textual Criticism - Apologetic Report
Over at the Tyndale House website, we are now hosting a blog dedicated to the Greek New Testament we have been preparing. This blog will be devoted to that project only, but rest assured, with the exception of the first introductory post, we will cross-post everything to our beloved ETC Blog, which...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:46

Attempted Attack on St. Catherine’s Monastery

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Christianity Today reports of an attempted attack on the monastery of St. Catherine on Tuesday. ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility. St. Catherine’s is, of course, the original home of the main part of Codex Sinaiticus and still houses a number of leaves. Its library is one of the...

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imagePaolo Trovato sends word about his 3rd summer school in textual criticism. I attended part of last year’s school and can say it was a great experience. One of my favorite aspects is that it attracts students who are working on a range of textual traditions. I always find that I...
 
 

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:00

Codex Sinopensis (O 023) Online

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The following is another guest post from Elijah Hixson. He is currently writing a PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh on the NT purple codices about which Jerome famously said, “parchmens are dyed purple, gold is melted into lettering, manuscripts are decked with jewels, while Christ...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:24

Dániel Kiss on Uncertainty in Textual Criticism

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imageIts [textual criticism] reputation for arbitrariness can probably be ascribed to the fact that having grown up in a late stage of the age of printing, we are used to carefully edited texts, and textual corruption strikes us not only as unfamiliar, but also as uncanny and somehow fundamentally...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:52

Masoretic instructions on how to format the text

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My colleague Kim Phillips has written another fascinating piece about a manuscript in the Cairo Genizah. Read it here

Authors: Dirk Jongkind...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:00

Zach Cole Reviews Christian Oxyrhynchus

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imageIn lieu of our own Peter Head’s unsuccessful attempt to review Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources, I offer this snippet from Zach Cole’s new and helpful review in JETS (60.1):
Foremost among this project’s shining virtues is that it brings...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 00:58

More Unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls in the US?

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imageOne of the 15 fragments. (Photo credit)
 
Owen Jarus, who reported extensively on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment for Live Science, has an article today about 15 new Dead Sea Scroll fragments recently sold to an undisclosed institution in the U.S. Jarus apparently has photographs of all...

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Here is part 2 of my series, New Evidence for Earliest Tetraevangelion,  as promised yesterday:
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Authors: Tommy Wasserman...

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imageSeven years ago, I presented a paper on SBL in Atlanta (2010) on "A Comparative Textual Analysis of 𝔓4 and 𝔓64+67"  which was later published in the TC Journal vol. 15 (2010).Background to the paper here.In my last couple of slides I pointed out that there is more to discover,...

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imageThis volume offers an overview of Byzantine manuscript illustration, a central branch of Byzantine art and culture. Just like written texts, illustrations bear witness to Byzantine material culture, imperial ideology and religious beliefs, as well as to the development and spread of Byzantine art....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:06

The Marginal dots of Vaticanus – Again

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Every now and then I see the claim that the two dots that appear in the margin of Vaticanus indicate textual variants known by the original group of scribes. I believe that our own Peter Head agrees that they may indicate knowledge of textual variation at these points, but also that these marginal...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:30

Hoskier Photos

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More on Herman Hoskier courtesy of an email from Maurice Robinson. The mustache is quite impressive I must say. Here’s Maurice:
I don’t think I can attach photos or the like in reply segments, but you perhaps might want to post these in the main section on Hoskier (or start another post...

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imageI meant to post about this when it was announced but forgot in the mix of other responsibilities. This looks like an outstanding lineup of speakers and I understand that a conference volume is expected. Paper proposals are open until 15 April. More info and registration here.
28-30 August 2017Du...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:13

Birmingham Colloquium

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Hope everyone’s having fun at the Birmingham Colloquium this week. From Hugh Houghton’s tweets, it looks like a great turnout this year. Wish I could be there. Also, can somebody help Elijah Hixson find his pen?
Delegates assemble for day 2 of the #BhamColloquium@itsee_bham@PTRBirmin...

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If you never had a look at P73, one of the Bodmer papyri, I cannot blame you. Dated to the 7th century, and said to contain ‘text’ from Mt 25:43 and 26:2-3. In all only (traces of) 18 letters are visible according to the INTF transcription, which makes this short blog post a whopping...

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Here is an interesting detail about the origin of John 7.53-8.11 in the Syriac tradition. Apparently, in the excellent Mingana collection at the University of Birmingham, there is a “handsome and sumptuous” manuscript containing the New Testament and a number of other treatises. So says...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:07

TC Articles in the Latest Issue of NTS

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imageFrom the latest issue of New Testament Studies, three articles on topics of interest to ETC readers.

P45 and the Problem of the ‘Seventy(-two)’:A Case for the Longer Reading in Luke 10.1 and 17

Zachary J. Cole  At Luke 10.17, most modern critical editions incorrectly cite the wording...

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imageOver at his blog, Alex Poulos has posted an interesting translation of Origen’s sermon on Psalm 78 (LXX 77). The issue at hand for Origen involves the first verse: “I shall open my mouth in parables, I shall speak riddles as from the beginning.” This is quoted in Matt 13.35...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 23:17

Lund on Ezekiel in the Antioch Bible (Peshitta)

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imageIn RBL, Jerome Lund reviews Gillian Greenberg and Donald M. Walter, trans. Ezekiel according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2015).After two pages of suggested improvements and corrections, he concludes:
Every researcher in Syriac Ezekiel will...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 21:45

Oxford Workshop

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I wished I had the time for this (and for using the skills one is taught):Getting your hands dirty with the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit

Authors: Dirk Jongkind...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 16:00

Video: Cutting Open the Quman Copper Scroll

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This has been floating around my Facebook feed the last few days and I thought it was worth sharing here. It's from 1955. Watch it here.
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Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:25

Two Third-Century Papyri in John 1:34

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I am currently writing a chapter for an edited volume, where I treat a number of early scribal alterations relating to Christology. The following is an extract of the draft introduction of one of the examples in John 1:34:...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:00

Historical Jesus Studies and Textual Criticism

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imageHistorical Jesus studies and textual criticism are two subjects that one does not regularly think of together. But recently I was looking over my copy of Anthony Le Donne’s little book Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? (2011) and came across a section which does...

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A brand new website of the International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP) was launched this morning – the web address is the same www.igntp.org.The complete redesign was done by no other than our talented co-blogger Peter Gurry who is not only a textcritic but also a professional web...

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