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
At this year's British New Testament Conference, the Acts group organises a panel discussion on the new Acts volumes in the Editio Critica Maiorseries (ECM). I thought I share some of my boring preparation so that others need not go through the same tedium (warning, nearly 1,500 words; mainly...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 00:41

Coptology Job, WWU-Münster

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Coptologists often lurk around as New Testament professors or the like, since only a handful of institutions dedicate a position to the subject area.  Stephen Emmel, whose ground-breaking work has fostered reconstruction of the disbursed fragments of Shenoute of Atripe's (Wikipedia article)...

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It’s my pleasure to introduce a guest post from my New Testament colleague, John DelHousaye. John is Associate Professor of New Testament at Phoenix Seminary where he has taught for over 15 years. Many of those included Greek exegesis courses based on Ephesians. Now, he has distilled the...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:00

The CBGM Applied to the Old Testament

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imageI often get asked if the CBGM could be used on the text of the Old Testament. The short answer is yes, it could be. There is nothing in principle that excludes any tradition from being used with the CBGM. The better question, of course, is shouldit be and I have had mixed thoughts about that....

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 19:18

Newly Published Articles and Books in NTTC

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I am certain that many of our readers are on holiday and to avoid idleness (when you do not watch the interesting FIFA World Cup), here are some recent publications of interest (apart from the NTSarticle on "Tertius in the Margins" mentioned in another blogpost):H. A. G. Houghton, ed., Liturgy and...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 05:14

(Not) a new conjecture

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A.H. Cadwallader, ‘Tertius in the Margins: A Critical Appraisal of the Secretary Hypothesis’, New Testament Studies 64 (2018), 378–396.There are lots of things of interest in this article about the role of Tertius in Romans 16.22. One of the claims of the article is that...

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imageA new introduction, Textual Criticism of the Bible: Revised Edition (Lexham Methods Series) is in the pipeline. The first edition of this introduction was authored by Wendy Widder in 2014. Widden, who is more a specialist on the Hebrew Bible and language, has now been joined by our own co-blogger...

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imageGood news for Old Testament textual critics! The University of Zurich Library has made the volumes of CTAT available for free download as part of ZORA(Zurich Open Repository and Archive). I've been told (correct me if you know something more) that there will be no Pentateuch volume for...

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Jim Spinti of Penn State University Press notifies me of a new book that is out with collected essays by Peter Shillingsburg, Textuality and Knowledge, which may interest blogreaders.With the discount code “NR18” our readers get a 30% discount (list price for paperback: $44.95, with...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:08

Latest Book Reviews from Keith Elliott

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imageKeith Elliott’s reviews are always a highlight for me. His prose is a delight and his pen can be almost as sharp as his eye for detail. They always challenge me to improve my own book reviews.In the latest NovT, he has reviewed at least four recent works on NT textual criticism: the Tynda...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 02:30

Update on P137 (P.Oxy. 83.5345)

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[Note of explanation: I wrote most of this post over the weekend before Dan Wallace released a second statement. Thankfully, I delayed posting it long enough to work his statement into my post. If you haven’t read Wallace’s second statement, stop what you’re doing and go do that...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 17:29

Do you have papyrological interests?

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In case you have papyrological interests you may considerWilliam Johnson's announcement:
Dear colleagues,
If you have papyrological interests, I want to point out to you the great deal offered by the American Society of Papyrologists. An individual ASP membership costs $35, and for that you...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 03:58

CSNTM Aquires MSI

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Great news from CSNTM this last month. They have been working on raising funds for a multi-spectral imaging (MSI) camera and they have now acquired one. Just last week they posted photos of the team training on the new machine.
In our last blog update we mentioned that CSNTM recently bought MSI. We...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:56

Differences between ECM Acts and NA28

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I need some help from your collective wisdom ...On pp. 34*-35* of ECM Acts we find a table of Textual Changes, listing differences between ECM and NA28. This is followed by a list of passages with a split guiding line. Many of the textual changes are straightforward, but there is a grey area,...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 23:39

Hixson on Mark Fragment at Christianity Today

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imageIf you’re reading this blog, you’ve surely heard about the new Mark fragment which is now the earliest dated copy of this Gospel. You may also know there is some discussion about its publication and the claim that it was once up for sale. But, if you’re still wondering what all...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:00

Dirk at Southern Seminary on Tyndale Edition

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imageWe interrupt your regularly scheduled updates on the Mark fragment for this message from Rob Plummer:
I would like to invite you to a free lecture on the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament by the lead editor of this recent publication, Dr. Dirk Jongkind. Wednesday, June 20th, 1pm...

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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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