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
imageBack in May I noted David Parker’s comments on the significance of the move away from the TR on New Testament studies. That got me thinking about how textual criticism more broadly has affected New Testament studies and that led to the start of a bibliography. I’ve copied it below and...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 02:30

Barton on the Bible

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imageJohn Barton, Oriel and Laing Emeritus Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford, has a new book out titled A History of the Bible: The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book. (The British subtitle is The Book and Its Faiths.) Barton has written on this before...

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Dan Batovici, ‘Digital Palimpsests: Mark in Trinity College Cambridge MS. O.9.27’ Open Theology 5 (2019). Abstract: The O.9.27 manuscript of Trinity College Cambridge is a minuscule manuscript of Hesiod’s Opera et Dies. In a 2001 PhD thesis on Greek palimpsests in Cambridge by...

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imageClare Rothschild says yes in “The Muratorian Fragment as Roman Fake,” NovT60, no. 1 (2018): 55–82 and now Christophe Guignard says no in “The Muratorian Fragment as a Late Antique Fake? An Answer to C. K. Rothschild,RevSR93/1–2 (2019): 73–90.I...

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imageThis month marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the electronic edition of Codex Sinaiticus!Here is the press release from ITSEE, University of Birmingham (by Hugh Houghton): 
Ten years ago this month, in July 2009, the complete digital edition of Codex Sinaiticus was released online at...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 17:47

Tregelles's hymns

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Samuel Prideaux Tregelles wrote hymns too. Here's a link to 10.As a textual critic, he occasionally couldn't resist the temptation to use brackets as in these two instances:1 O GOD of grace, our Father,All praise we give to Thee,'Tis in Thy sovereign favourAll blessedness we see;There only is the...

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imageOver at the Society for Classical Studies blog, there is a new post on the TLG. We get a little peek behind what goes in to adding new material to the site. But what really grabbed my attention is this last part from the director:
Additionally, Pantelia says that, with grant awards and other...

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I have actively tried to avoid posting too many speculative thoughts about all the new revelations and comments over the past week on the First-Century Mark (henceforth, FCM) ordeal, but a couple of questions are lingering in my mind, so I want to throw them out there. Admittedly, I have not kept...

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On Elijah’s last blog post, Scott Carroll has chimed in, giving his side of things. I thought I would repost his comment here so it doesn’t get lost in the comments.
As you are aware, I seldom post to blogs, so forgive my intrusion.
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Christianity Today has just published an article from Jerry Pattengale: “The ‘First-Century Mark’ Saga from Inside the Room.”
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Authors: Elijah Hixson...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 22:04

Palaeography of an invoice

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One thing I've already seen since Holmes' email last night (see some discussion by Brent Nongbri here and here) is a questioning of the authenticity of the First-century Gospels invoice. Some have cautioned against taking it at face value. I even had one conservative Christian ask me...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 00:47

The Gospel of Mark Movie in Koine Greek

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From the folks at KoineGreek.com and the Lumo Project comes a high production quality movie of Mark’s Gospel completely in Koine Greek. Here’s the announcement, with the video of Mark 1 posted below. (I note they got Mark 1.1 correct.)
I first made contact with the LUMO project and Faith...

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imageGorgias Press has entered a partnership with De Gruyter for theelectronic hosting of the Texts and Studies volumes, which means that individual chapters are now available for each volume.The chapters of “Early Readers, Scholars and Editors" (2014) and “Commentaries, Catenae and...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 19:55

Romans 16.3 as window into Codex Vaticanus

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I've been enjoying leading some seminars for the Logos Summer School in Oxford. Yesterday we looked in some detail (!) at a page of Codex Vaticanus and enjoyed reading some of the text of Romans. Some interesting details are seen in one small portion of the page we were looking at (page 1460...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:12

Funded PhD Positions in Germany

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Do you want to be paid to write your PhD at a prominent German theological school?  The Graduiertenkolleg in Wuppertal has advertised six funded positions for this fall (six starting in Sept, one in Oct).  The positions pay approximately €27,000 per year ($30,000 USD) for three...

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imageI can finally announce that my critical edition is set to be released this Fall. I still need to work through  another round of proofs this summer, but it will appear by SBL in San Diego. This is the first volume to be published by the Hexapla Institute in Peeters’ new series, Origen&rsqu...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 17:00

Paulson Review of THGNT

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imageI’m driving cross country today but, through the magic of Blogger, here is a review of the THGNT from Greg Paulson for you. Here’s the conclusion:
In spite of these lingering queries, there is no doubt that the THGNT possesses many quintessential hallmarks of a hand-sized critical...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:00

Commenting

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imageFor months now I have not been able to comment on this here blog using Google Chrome (PC). I’ve mostly just used other browsers or just refrained from commenting as much. But recently several other people have noted that they’ve been having trouble too, but some with different browsers.S...

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imageLuke 22:43–44 in GA 1424: I admit that abbreviated minuscule script is a bit outside my normal time range. Most of the time I'm not too bad at it, but it helps if you already know what you're looking at. That being said, I was looking at the Lukan Gethsemane Scene...

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Every four years the International Conference on Patristic Studies meets at Oxford. This year it meets from August 19–24, and I've made plans to participate.Dr. Francesca Barone (Chargée de recherche au CNRS) and I have organized a workshop entitled, "Early Christians and the...

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imageI’ve just finished reading David Parker’s essay in the new book The Future of NT Textual Scholarship(more on that here). Even though I disagree with the main thrust of Parker’s work in the Living Text of the Gospels, there are few text critics I enjoy reading more than him. He...

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Here’s a nice, concrete graph from a survey that Paul Foster took of attendees at the 2011 British New Testament Conference. What I like is that these data allow me to avoid having to say “most/many/some scholars think that Paul did/didn’t write...” in my classes. Instead I...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 23:31

Upcoming Textual Criticism Events at Oxford

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The University of Oxford has planned two events in May relevant to Old Testament textual criticism. On May 14-15, John Screnock and Jan Joosten will convene "Horizons in Textual Criticism Colloquium: Translating and Transcending Textual Criticism." There's a great line up of presenters for this one....
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A recently posted article on Academia by Barbara Bordalejo and Peter Robinson spends some time on the interesting change in the NA28 at 1 Peter 4.16. There, the ECM and NA28 read ἐν τῷ μέρει τούτῳ instead of ἐν...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 16:00

According to the Scriptures

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Authors: Peter Gurry...

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