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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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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Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:56

Some accents to note

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Romans 16:5 Ἐπαινετὸν τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου not Ἐπαίνετον τὸν ἀγαπητόν...

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In the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (THGNT) we made the decision to begin the Parable of the Sower in Mark’s gospel with the second, not the first, word of Jesus’s speech. In Mark 4:3 we have ἀκούετε...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:12

SBL Sale on A New Approach to Textual Criticism

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imageThe SBL has just launched their annual meeting book sale for SBL members, and even our new book, A New Approach to Textual Criticism is included. The discount price is $13.97 for the paperback (-30%) and $24.47 (-40%) for the hardback (I recommend the latter). To receive the discount, download the...

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The opening line of Mark’s Gospel is of interest for several reasons. One is, of course, the famous variant at the end of 1.1 involving “son of God.” But another is its use of εὐαγγελιον to refer to the narrative of...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 10:07

Second Annual ETC Lunch at ETS

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Last year we started a new tradition with an ETC lunch at ETS (Evangelical Theological Society). It was good fun so I thought we should do it again. This is especially for those who can’t attend SBL and our famed annual dinner. It’s a good time to eat cheap American fast food and...

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Today I’m happy to introduce a guest post from Brian J. Wright who is currently an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a forthcoming book on communal reading published by Fortress. I heard Brian present some of his...

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The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (OUP) by yours truly and Ed Gallagher releases in the UK this week (see the preview on Google Books here; see Amazon UK here; see Amazon USA here). It will be available on the tables at SBL in Boston, MA, and...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:00

2017 SBL Boston Blog Dinner

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Your SBL Boston 2017 experience will not be complete without the annual ETC blog dinner, which will take place at 7:30pm Mon 20 Nov at the Hard Rock Café.  Please purchase your ticket online ASAP.  Pre-purchase guarantees group seating, a special rate ($28.11) and protects the...

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imageIt is now possible to order my and Peter Gurry's introduction to the CBGM from the SBL website or from Amazon.Authors: Tommy Wasserman and Peter J. GurryISBN     9781628371994Status    ForthcomingPrice:     $19.95  Binding   ...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 01:30

Wuppertal Coptic Intensive 2018

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For those of you who have been lying awake all night, lamenting your ignorance of the Coptic language, the solution is at hand.  I will be teaching a two-week intensive introduction to Sahidic Coptic in English 12–24 February 2018 at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel. ...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 19:23

Brief review of Bible Nation

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imageOver the weekend I managed to read the new book by Candida Moss and Joel Baden called Bible Nation: the United States of Hobby Lobby.The book is an attempt to understand the motivations and actions of the Green family in relation to their plans for collecting Bible manuscripts, the Museum of the...

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Over on his blog, Richard Fellows has written up the results of his measurements of the paragraphoi in Vaticanus and plotted them against the measurements of Philip Payne from his recent NTSarticle. Fellows has linked to his blog in the comments of my last post about it but I thought they were...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:30

MS Contents: NT Text and Material Document

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imagePerusal of the LDAB over the past several days has yielded some interesting results in researching the contents of “NT MSS.” In the process, it has become clear that the Nestle-Aland edition and, even the Liste, describe MS contents in an unhelpful way, if one is looking at...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

Matthew 2:15 and the Hexapla

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We all know Matthew's citation of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15, 'Out of Egypt I called my son' ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐκάλεσα τὸν υἱόν μου.The exact form of...

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Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen has sent me an announcement:
The Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform, along with various resources developed by Maurice A. Robinson, have a new home on the web at https://byzantinetext.com/.The website contains freely downloadable resources and pointers to further...

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Georgi Parpulov has announced the 7th Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography.
imageThe school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek...

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imageMy post a few days ago has attracted some attention; most significantly, it has prompted Michael Kruger to respond, which you can read on his own blog here.Before I reply to him, I do want to affirm what Kruger says in his last paragraph: we probably do agree on more than we disagree. However,...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:16

Isaiah: rough or smooth?

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Ever wondered whether Isaiah should have a rough or smooth breathing? Wonder no more. Mss I consulted were univocal:
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Authors: Peter Williams...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:18

Why give Abraham a rough breathing?

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cross posted from the blog The Greek New Testament. Post by P.J. Williams.The question of whether to give Abraham a rough or smooth breathing is difficult. Manuscripts differ. We could say that it begins with aleph and that aleph = smooth breathing. The problem with this is that it’s sheer...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:00

The New Testament Canon and Manuscripts

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In this post, I briefly lay out some of Michael Kruger’s argument for the NT canon from the MSS to evaluate its worth for determining early canonicity of NT books. This is a pilot post, not finished research. I welcome your feedback in the comments.In Canon Revisited, ch. 7, Kruger treats the...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:59

γεινομαι not γινομαι in Luke

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One of the claims we’re making in the THGNT is that at the time of the New Testament there was a distinction (or at least a partially preserved distinction) between short and long [i], with the latter sometimes represented by ει. In due time we’ll publish more data backing...

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The Times of Israel has a lengthy article out yesterday on forged Dead Sea Scrolls in the Museum of the Bible collection, the Schøyen collection, and elsewhere. Here are a few snippets, but the whole article is worth reading. One scholar working on it calls this the Gospel of...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 19:19

The most learned TC blog post ever?

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For those who like detailed philology, I'd like to highlight the post by the extremely learned Patrick James over at the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House blog. The brief summary:  print φιλονικία in Luke 22:24 (against all...

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