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
imageWe have discussed at some length on this blog the value (or lack thereof) of what I called the comparative argument for the reliability of the NT text. In particular, we discussed Bart Ehrman’s three objections to it and why I found one of them significant. In this post, I want to return to...

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Jerome of Stridon translated the Hebrew text into Latin in the late fourth and early fifth century. The book of Esther is in Jerome’s canon, as it was in most early Christians’, but there was the additional question about its text form, since the Greek version is some fifty-per-cent...

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imageOver at Mosaic, Alex Joffe writes this about some of the criticism of the Museum of the Bible:
For academics, [at] issue [is their] loss of public authority over the Bible. The intellectual monopolization of the Bible by academics in the post-World War II era coincided with the gradual collapse of...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 09:04

Peter Rodgers Reviews James Voelz on Mark

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imageIn a recent Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the blog’s own Peter Rodgers has reviewed the first volume of James Voelz’s commentary on Mark. It’s not often that a commentary review mentions textual criticism (or has warrant to!), but when the commentary is by Voelz and the...

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As often happens in research, while investigating one topic, one becomes distracted by another. In several of my pursuits, the book of Daniel keeps surfacing, and I keep blogging on it. In this post, I tie together a couple of loose threads on the textual form of the book of Greek Daniel.Order of...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 18:00

More Digital Humanities stuff: Digital Papyrology

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imageAbout a week ago, Pete Williams posted an advertisement for a postdoc in a digital humanities project on Mark 16 based in Lausanne. Needless to say, digital humanities are a very prospective field of research, and textual critics have already begun to rely on some of the first fruits of this line...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 17:00

Reading Religion's Review of The Biblical Canon Lists

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James E. Walters tweeted at me that his review of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (OUP, 2018) has been posted at Reading Religion. You can read his review here. He thinks the book is generally good and useful:
This volume provides an...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:00

New Article: Quantifying Variants in the Apostolos

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In the latest issue of NTS, Greg Lanier has an article expanding on my work estimating the number of variants. He takes a deep dive into the data from the ECM of the Catholic Letters and now Acts to try a way of quantifying the variants in the most important witnesses.Here is the abstract:
This...

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I am researching the reception history of Esther in early Jewish and Christian sources and have come to Rahlfs 967 (2nd/3rd), a papyrus MS containing (with lacunae) Ezekiel (pp. 10–61), Daniel (pp. 62–93r), Bel et Draco (pp. 93v–95), Susanna (pp. 96–98), and...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:07

Postdoc in Lausanne on Mark 16

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A 4 year postdoctoral position is being advertised in Lausanne to work on the new project there on Mark 16 led by Claire Clivaz. Further details are here. It is a digital humanities post and is located in the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (which obviously interprets its remit broadly!).

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:07

Tragedy at the Brazil National Museum

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Sunday night, the 200 year old Brazil National Museum in Rio de Janeiro caught fire and burned down. The Guardianreports
Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20 million items is believed to have been...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:05

Craig Evans on Mark Fragment

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Craig Evans was recently interviewed by the Veracity Hill program and in it he tells his side of the story about P.Oxy. 5345 (formerly “First-century Mark”). In terms of new info (at least I think it’s new), he says that his info on it came by way of Dan Wallace and he...

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[warning: long post, you may want to skip to the conclusion at the end]
A little while ago I posted an analysis of all differencesbetween the NA28 and the Editio Critica Maior of Acts. I have now made a comparison between the Tyndale House Edition and the ECM, not knowing what I would find. Since...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 18:22

SNTS Athens Response

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Recenty I blogged about the three sessions in the text-critical seminar at the SNTS meeting in Athenswhich I chaired with Claire Clivaz. On the last day I responded to Juan Hernandez, who has subsequently urged me to post my Powerpoint. I have now uploaded a PDF of my powerpoint for download here i...

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The story is often told of how our chapter divisions go back to Stephen Langton in the early thirteenth century. That’s true enough, but it’s worth noting sometimes how close even earlier divisions can get to our current ones. Here’s BnF Ms 268 from the late 8th/early 9th century....

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Good news out of Münster today. Greg Paulson has received funding to study the history and development of the Novum Testamentum Graeceeditions. Congrats, Greg! Now, how do I apply to be a research assistant for this?Here’s the announcement:

Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:00

Where Orthography Affects the New Testament Text

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Beginning Greek students are often shocked when they discover the gap between the formatting of their modern, printed New Testaments and our earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts. The letters are all “uppercase,” there are few if any spaces between letters, accents and breathing...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:30

Museum of the Bible and Dirk Obbink

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Somehow I missed this, but back in June, Michael Press wrote an article exploring the latest mandatory tax filing from the Museum of the Bible. Most of the payments are not terribly surprising although Press sees problems with some of the locations of their funded digs. He seems most troubled that...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 17:00

INTF’s New Blog

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imageAgainst Pete Head’s advice, the INTF has started a blog. Here is the first post from Greg Paulson:
The INTF has set up a new blog! Although we have featured blogs on our site before (as “Personal Blogs”), our newly implemented Liferay portlet called “Blog” aims to...

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Today I am flying home from Athens where I have participated in the 73rd SNTS meeting including three sessions in the text-critical seminar. This was the fifth and final year of the seminar, chaired by me, Claire Clivaz and Ulrich Schmid, and the theme of this year was NTTC in exegesis.
We had three...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:00

New Reader’s LXX on Sale

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imageFor readers who haven’t heard, Greg Lanier and Will Ross have a new, two-volume reader’s Septuagint coming out this fall called Septuaginta. You can learn more about the edition (which follows Rahlfs) at the book’s website: lxxre.wordpress.com. See below for a preview of the...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 17:00

Museum of the Bible and Repatriation (GA 2120)

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Yesterday, the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) posted a Facebook Live video featuring Brian Hyland, Associate Curator of Medieval Manuscripts. Hyland introduces GA 2120, a 12th-century minuscule of the Gospels. The Greens acquired the manuscript in 2010, and it was donated to the MOTB in 2014. Since...

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Gorgias Press has just released the latest volume of papers from the Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament with the title Liturgy and the Living Text of the New Testament. To help get the word out, Gorgias has offered to give away a free copy to one of our lucky...

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The following is a guest post from David C Smith. David and I worked together a few years ago in Athens with CSNTM. He is completing a ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and is a Deacon in the Anglican Church in North America. His masters thesis, entitled “A Study of the Text and Paratext of...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 08:13

Mark Ward on Engaging KJV-Onlyists

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imageWe don’t normally talk KJV-Onlyism on this blog, the reason being that such discussions tend to be fruitless (a point I hope is not demonstrated in the comments).But, today I read an article by Mark Ward who, I understand, used to be KJV-only himself but has moved away from that. The article...

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