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

Apologetic Report - Evangelical Textual Criticism
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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Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:13

The Septuagint Song

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Yesterday was the 11th International Septuagint Day, see here and here. One of our readers, Brent Niedergall therefore wrote “The Septuagint Song” together with his music pastor Mac Lynch which he would like to share with the world, so here it is (click on the images to magnify):
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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:30

Tyndale House Workshop in Greek Prepositions

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imageFrom Will Ross and Steve Runge, a conference modeled after the well-done Greek verb conference from a few years back:
Students and scholars of Greek have long wrestled with understanding the meaning of prepositions. This challenge is partly the result of the centuries-old tradition in Greek...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 16:28

2017 HBU Theology Conference

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imageThis year’s Houston Baptist University Theology Conference is March 2–4 on the topic “How the Bible Came into Being.”From the website:
The Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with Lanier Theological Library, is please to host the conference How the Bible Came into...

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The familiar text of Rom 11.6 as read in NA/UBS is found in P46 01* A C D F G P 1739 1881 lat co as follows:
εἰ δὲ χάριτι, οὐκέτι ἐξ ἔργων, ἐπεὶ ἡ...

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One of the positives of reading a Greek New Testament that lists variants but not the manuscripts that attest them is that it makes you pay more attention to internal evidence. I’ve been reading Scrivener’s edition of Stephanus (1550) which lists differences with a number of other...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:30

The New Christian Standard Bible and the NA28

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Attendees to last year’s ETS meeting were given nicely bound copies of the new Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation which releases in March of this year. The CSB is basically a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), now without the “H.” I have always thought...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 01:00

Textual Criticism as Rhetoric

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imageFrom Richard Tarrant’s new book Texts, Editors, and Readers: Methods and Problems in Latin Textual Criticism (reviewed in BMCR here):
To classify textual criticism as a form of rhetoric is a way of highlighting the fact that its arguments depend on persuasion rather than demonstration. Textual...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:54

50 Years of INTF’s Reports Online

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imageFor the past 50 years, INTF, the institute that produces the NA and now UBS editions, has published “reports” (Berichte) on their text-critical work. I came across these by accident one day at Tyndale House and discovered that they are a treasure trove of information about the...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 06:58

A New Way to Travel in Oxford

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Word has just reached the Americas of a new form of transit for getting around Britain’s oldest and second greatest university.Media outlets have reported that this new way of traveling is environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and a even a good form of exercise.A photo released by the BBC...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 06:42

Call for Papers: Horizons in Textual Criticism

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Pete Williams sends word of the following:

Call for Papers: HORIZONS IN TEXTUAL CRITICISM

Conveners: Jan Joosten and John ScrenockOn 10-11 May, 2017, the University of Oxford will host a colloquium devoted to methodologically new and unique work in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and related...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:52

The CBGM in One (!) Sentence

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The discussion from the post last week on Greg Lanier’s thoughts on the CBGM was helpful I thought. In particular, it made me think again about how best to present the CBGM to those who find themselves mystified and or even frustrated by its complexity.In my experience, the most...

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Here’s a question for our American history buffs. I’ve looked in the usual places online and can’t find anything on this, but maybe some of our readers know. I’m curious as to what Greek NT Thomas Jefferson used to create is famous “Jefferson Bible.” If this is...

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