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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:46

Poll: Text as Corollary of Canon

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Let’s take a poll on this statement from Carl E. Armerding: “Moreover, the development of an authoritative text is a natural corollary to an authoritative list of books.”*
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Is the development of an authoritative text a natural corollary to an authoritative list of books?

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Friday, 12 January 2018 15:34

Peer-reviewing the peer review—why not?

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imageThe seeming dullness of our subject area inevitably limits the number of books a typical text-critic writes in their lifetime. Article-writing, then, is one of the fundamental ways in which we unleash our groundbreaking ideas onto unsuspecting scholarly public. Fundamental to scholarly publishing...

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There is a new tool in town for searching morphological analysis of 5 million words in the Duke Database of Ducmentary Papyri. I've only been able to have a brief play around so far (on αὐθεντέω which has only five occurrences [4 of which are very late]),...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 06:34

Nothing new under the (skeptical) sun

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image The Swiss Protestant divine, Louis Gaussen (1790–1863)
 
Sometimes its useful to remember that most of objections to the Bible have been raised before. It provides some perspective, especially to those just made aware of some sensational objection and now feel they’ve been duped or...

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Not long ago, we discussed on the blog whether or not the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 7.53–8.11) should be read and taught as Scripture. I remain somewhat torn myself though I lean toward a negative answer. Regardless of that larger question, one of the issues that came up in...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:04

Applying CT scans to a Coptic manuscript of Acts

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A few years ago I blogged about the work of W. Brent Seales, a computer scientist at the University of Kentucky, who has found a way to read manuscript texts using CT scans. Back in 2015 he used it to read the 6th century Ein Gedi scroll of Leviticus.

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 16:09

A simpler yearly Bible reading plan

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I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, but I do like to set concrete goals from time to time. One that I started several years ago was to read through my Greek New Testament at least once a year. I had tried before but failed. One reason is that other yearly reading plans are based on...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:43

Summer Course in Papyrology

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SUMMER COURSE IN PAPYROLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, 18-22 JUNE 2018The Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo and the Papyrus Collection of the University of Oslo Library invite applications for participation in the summer course in Papyrology to take place in...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:00

Paragraphing and Formatting in Nestle-Aland

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The arrival of the THGNT has provoked us to think afresh about matters we normally take for granted like orthography, paragraphing, and even punctuation. With that provocation in mind, I was interested to see this description in my newly-acquired NA26, the first NA edition, you may remember, to...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:47

Saving Manuscripts from ISIS

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On Christmas Eve, the American news magazine, 60 Minutes, aired a good segment on the work of Father Columba and Father Najeeb Michaeel to save manuscripts in Northern Iraq. Father Columba runs the excellent Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. It is really sad to see the destruction...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:00

Merry Christmas!

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Thankfully, you don’t have to have gold, Frankenstein, or myrrh to celebrate the birth of Jesus. To all our blog readers, merry Christmas and a happy 2018!

Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Here is a pressrelease from the International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP) announcing that 350 transcriptions can be downloaded and are freely available for re-use:
Open Data Release by the International Greek New Testament Project

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 15:30

The problem with digitizing our discipline

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There is much rejoicing about the benefits of computer technology for the humanities in general and for New Testament textual criticism in particular. I too rejoice as I suspect you do. Who among us is not thrilled, for example,  by the ease of access to so many manuscript images or by...

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In a recent publication on the nomina sacra in Mark in Vaticanus (see here) Peter Malik notices that there are only five places in the New Testament portion of Codex Vaticanus where Ἰησοῦς is not contracted. Two of these are the interesting (emphatic?) vocatives...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:31

An ‘Unanticipated Discussion of CBGM and P45’

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Some of my students brought this video to my attention yesterday. It is James White, a well-known apologist and debater in the States, discussing the CBGM on his show The Dividing Line. Starting at about the 19:19 mark (video below), he mentions the Text und Textwert volumes, the difficulty of...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:23

Tertius, Romans 16.22 and Grotius' Conjecture

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I've been doing some work in the last couple of days on my SBL paper ('Epistolary Secretarial Greetings in the Documentary Papyri and the Greeting from Tertius in Romans 16.22'*) so that I can submit it for print publication. Most of the paper is papyrological and epistolographical, but there is...

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Back when I had time for such things, I did a bit of digging into how early Protestant theologians viewed the role of the autographs in their doctrine of Scripture. For Evangelicals, the qualification that the Biblical text is inerrant in the autographs (or on them, if you prefer) is...

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If the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 7.53–8.11 is not original to the fourth Gospel, as I think, does it follow that it should not be used as Scripture? The same question confronts us with the Longer Ending of Mark, a text which, as I have said before, I think is not original...

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There's been quite a lot of press excitement about Pope Francis wanting to change the translation of Lord's Prayer (The Telegraph, The Times, etc,). It wasn't easy to find the original interview online. Therefore I thought it would be good to present the short video clip here. I hesitate to...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 08:05

Red skies in Matt 16.2–3: original or not?

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imageWhat do folks think about the long variant in Matt 16.2–3? NA28 along with Tischendorf and WH have it in brackets. SBLGNT, THGNT (and Tregelles), and RP include it. UBS4 gives it a “C” rating.Here is the text:
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The audio from my and Elijah Hixson’s special session at ETS a week or so ago is now online. The session was titled “Growing Up in the Ehrman Era: Retrospect and Prospect on Our Text-Critical Apologetic.” The first part of the session was...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 02:21

Elijah Hixson discovers lost text in Codex Bezae

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At SBL this week, Elijah Hixson presented his discovery of lost text in Codex Bezae. The full research is forthcoming in New Testament Studies, but you can read about how Elijah found the missing text at the Cambridge special collections blog.Here’s a snippet explaining how Elijah made the...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:00

Tyndale House Greek New Testament intro video

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Crossway has produced a nice video with Pete and Dirk introducing and explaining the new Tyndale House edition of the Greek New Testament.

Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 20:39

Digital ECM Acts now online

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Last night in Boston many of us experienced an eschatological moment, as Holger Strutwolf called it, when he officially launched the digital ECM for Acts. (Perhaps one of my co-bloggers can add a photo.) This is the culmination of much work and means that the ECM is now both print and digital. The...

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Dan Wallace, Larry Hurtado, James Snapp, Todd Scacewater, and Brice Jones have all given us their first impressions on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) and since I have now had some time to look over my gratis copy, I thought I would share some of mine.imageSince I was able to see the...

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