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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Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:06

Blog Dinner: Get Tickets Now!

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If you’re planning to come to the blog dinner this coming Monday night, now is the time to get tickets. The restaurant is going to ask me for a final headcount tomorrow and if you haven’t purchased your ticket, I can’t guarantee a spot. So, please get your tickets now if...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:45

Around the Blogs

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Larry Hurtado took a significant break from his blog over the summer due to health issues, so it has been great to see him back in the blogosaddle

recently and posting on a number of interesting text-critical issues, including (to select two interesting examples):

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This forum is primarily concerned with textual criticism of biblical literature—and rightly so. Yet, the basic skills acquired in the course of studying biblical manuscripts can also come in handy when studying other textual traditions, including the ever-popular apocryphal Gospels.
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Monday, 12 November 2018 01:30

Collation Advice from the Past

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Following from Tommy’s recent transcription suggestions, here is some advice on the subject from A. A. Vansittart, written to Hort on October 15, 1869.
image…. How I wish I had seriously taken to collating and the like when I took my M.A. degree! Then I might have been able to follow your...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 22:36

From a Text-Carrier to a Book Project

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In his previous post, my erstwhile neighbour and fellow-postgraduate mentioned a brief article of mine that appeared in the second volume of Didaktikos. My task in this article was to write up a short overview of various trends in the study of biblical manuscripts for the journal's 'Currents'...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 06:24

The Quiet Renaissance in Textual Criticism

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In the latest Didaktikosjournal, I have a very brief article attempting to introduce fellow teachers of New Testament to some of the things happening in our discipline. To regular ETC readers, the article will probably be old news, but maybe some will be curious as to what I chose to focus on. In...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 02:25

Helpful Review of Papyri.Info

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imageIn vol. 9 of the online journal RIDEthere is a helpful review of Papyri.Info by Lucia Vannini. If you don’t know anything about Papyri.Info then this review is a good source for anybody interested in documentary papyri. If you use Papyri.Info a lot there are some helpful points of...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 03:06

Bibliography of the Arabic Bible

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Fresh from the Biblia Arabica project comes a new bibliography of the Arabic Bible which is said to be a classified and annotated history of scholarship. 
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You can find it at biblia-arabica.com/bibl and read more about it on the introductory blog post. Here’s a snippet of...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 03:39

2018 SBL Denver Blog Dinner

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The day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: the 2018 ETC blog dinner is on! Christian Askeland has faithfully served as our blog maitre d’ for many years now, but this year he was overworked (Mike Holmes, if you’re reading this, give the guy a break!). Since I...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:59

An Unidentified Fragment

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The text of the fragment below is unidentified; that is, unidentified by me; that is, I know something about it, but not where this text comes from.
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This is what I know. It is one of four parchment fragments found in a 6/7 century papyrus codex of Origen (Cairo, P. Inv 88748). These strips of...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 16:50

Base Texts for Transcriptions Again

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In a previous post on "Methodology in Transcribing Greek Manuscripts" I suggested that the use of two different base texts, Nestle-Aland and a Byzantine text like Oxford Textus Receptus 1873, for independent transcriptions of a manuscript might result in the elimination of errors resulting from the...

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imageReviews of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity keep coming out. See the earlier ones from Reading Religion and JETSrespectively. Last week, Review of Biblical Literature published Lee Martin McDonald’s (long-time canon scholar and recent author of The Formation of...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:12

Interesting readings in unusual places, part 12

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Authors: Peter M. Head...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:25

Methodology in Transcribing Greek Manuscripts

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imageAbout two weeks ago I participated in a meeting in Volos, Greece, with the groups that are currently editing the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior(from Münster, Birmingham, and elsewhere). We had a lot of stimulating presentations and discussions. At some point in a discussion I...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:48

Third Annual ETC Lunch at ETS

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In Cambridge they used to say that it only takes three years of doing something before you’ve started a new tradition. I don’t know if that’s true, but this year we are going to host our third annual ETC lunch at ETS in Denver, Colorado. Yes, we are planning to do the more famous...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 04:16

MOTB Press Release on Fake Dead Sea Scrolls

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I cite here the following excerpt from a Museum of the the Bible press release.
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2018—Today Museum of the Bible announced the results of third-party analysis of five of its 16 Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) fragments. Utilizing leading-edge technology, the German-based...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 17:00

New Testament TC Papers at ETS

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The Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society is coming up (13–15 November), and the schedule is online here. I did a search for the New Testament TC papers and tried to include them all with the date, time and room designation as of when I put the list together. I'm only listing...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 03:13

Textus now Published by Brill

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Brill has recently picked up the publication of Textus: A Journal on Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Here is the description:
The importance of the discipline of textual criticism received an enormous boost from the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls showing that the study of these...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 04:07

Codex Claromontanus and Romans 1.29 in NA28

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My Greek students have just finished a text critical assignment on the variant in Rom 1.29 involving πορνείᾳ πονηρίᾳ πλεονεξίᾳ κακίᾳ...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:00

Benjamin Laird Reviews Biblical Canon Lists in JETS

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Another review of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity has appeared. Benjamin Laird of Liberty University's School of Divinity has reviewed it positively in the most recent issue of JETS (61.3; 2018: 617–9). In his introductory remarks, he notes the influx of...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:33

Forthcoming Festschrift for Harry Gamble

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imageNext month SBL Press has a Festschrift for Harry Gamble coming out. I can’t find a table of contents for it so, if anyone knows what’s in it, let me know in the comments, please. The table of contents is available at the link to Amazon. From the publisher:

A book about the role of books...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:00

ETC Interview with Caio Peres

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In this installment of the ETC interview series, we diverge from our normal practice of interviewing established text critics to interview a (recent) student. I met Caio Peres through my wife and we have corresponded for a few years online. Some of that correspondence was about textual...

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Several sources today reported on an inscription dated to the Second Temple period that contained the word “Jerusalem,” but I couldn’t find an actual transcription of the three short lines. I offer my amateur attempt here and accept any correction in the comments. The inscription...

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imageIf you’re interested in the intersection of theology and textual criticism, you might want to know about a recent reissue of Theodore Letis’s 1997 book The Ecclesiastical Text: Criticism, Biblical Authority & the Popular Mind. Among other things, Letis argues in this book...

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The International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament has posted its call for papers for the meeting to be hosted by the University of Aberdeen on August 4–9 2019. Of course, the meetings for IOSCS, IOQS, IOMS, and ISLP happen concurrently as part of this larger meeting. For...

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