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

Friday, 21 February 2020 22:10

Lying Pen of Scribes Postdoc

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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"A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities and Dead Sea Scrolls, affiliated to the Department of...

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 01:46

Links around the Web

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Meade and I have been up to our necks in final prep for the Sacred Words conference this weekend which has meant I haven’t had time for blogging. Instead, here are some TC-related links and news from the past few weeks.

Events

Speaking of conferences, Pete, Dirk, and Kim Philips will be...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 04:07

40% off Myths and Mistakes

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Our Myths and Mistakes giveaway has now ended. Congrats to our winners! As a consolation prize for those who didn’t win, IVP has offered a special discount code for 40% off and free shipping(US only I assume). Just use the discount code IVP40in the shopping cart. Please note that the...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:11

written on your hearts 2 Cor 3.2

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There is a variant reading in 2 Cor 3.2 where the main editions generally follow the weight of the manuscript evidence in reading ἡμῶν in the phrase ἐγγεγραμμένη ἐν ταῖς...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:00

Joey McCollum: Introducing the open-cbgm library

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imageThe following is a guest post from Joey McCollum. Joey is a research associate at Virginia Tech, a co-editor of the Solid Rock Greek New Testament (with Stephen Brown), and one of the translators behind Max and Moritz in Biblical Greek (with Brent Niedergall, Dave Massa, and Steve Young). I’m...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 23:52

Logos Conference in Washington (June 2020)

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Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticismhas been out for about two months now and is already in a second printing. To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 copies here on the blog! You can enter in any of the ways below. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday (Arizona time).
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Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:30

Collation of NA28 and THGNT

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imageThe introduction at the back of the THGNT teases us by noting a collation done with NA28, but gives little more detail. That’s why it’s very helpful that Hefin Jones has shared a computer collation of NA28 with THGNT on Facebook (PDF here). He says, “Caveat emptor: It’s...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:31

Editio Critica Maior at SBL: Call for Papers

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The Call for Papers for SBL Annual Meeting in Boston (21–24 November) is now open until 11 March. This year we will focus on the ECM of the Gospel of Mark which will be published soon (hooray!). Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica MaiorCall For Papers:The ECM of the Gospel of Mark will...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:34

Funded Postdoc on Apocrypha at UOslo

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imageAlthough Coptic flourished during the Roman period in Coptic monasteries and in the broader setting of the early Christian movement, the language did not function as a compositional medium until the sixth century, after which a variety of truly Coptic literature (which survives today both extant...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 07:04

Erasmus, the KJV, and the Order of Matt 23.13-14

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If you are dutifully reading your Robinson-Pierpont (RP) Byzantine Greek NT alongside your Nestle-Aland or THGNT (as you should be), you will notice that they diverge at Matt 23.13–14. The Byzantine text here reads
13.Οὐαὶ δέ ὑμῖν,...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 01:43

Longform Guardian Article on the Mark Fragment Saga

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This morning, the Guardianpublished a long story titled “A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel.” Its about Dirk Obbink and the stolen Oxyrhynchus fragments. It’s quite good and worth reading in full. Here I highlight things that stood out as new or noteworthy....
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The Dead Sea Scrolls largely belong to the realm of scholars and researchers. However, this was not always the case. When the scrolls were discovered, they belonged to the realm of Bedouin. The Bedouin sold those first few manuscripts to merchants. Finally, some were sold to the Hebrew University...

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Warning: long post because there's a lot of detail here.Although it is one of the easiest text-critical decisions, a lot of attention often goes to the Comma Johanneum(henceforth, CJ), the addition at 1 John 5:7–8 (addition in italics): "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the...

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Back in early November, Elijah noted Klaus Wachtel’s retirement from his many years of service at INTF. It seems, however, that we haven’t yet noted that Klaus was also honored with a Festschriftlater that month at SBL. Congratulations, Klaus!

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 02:43

Edmondson Thesis on CBGM Now Available Free Online

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imageA recent email from Gerd Mink reminded me that Andrew Edmondson’s Birmingham doctoral thesis is now online here. Andrew and I exchanged some emails in the first year of my own PhD and I’ve been looking forward to the completion of his work ever since. I’m especially interested...

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My colleague and coblogger, Peter Gurry, and I were busy in 2019 planning the first big events for Phoenix Seminary's Text & Canon Institute. Last year, we announced our first church conference, Sacred Words: A Conference on the History of the Bible, to take place on February 21-22, 2020.
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It’s no secret that sometimes patristic citations and versions are used to make claims they don’t really support. I came across this issue the other day when I was looking at 2 Peter 3:10.

Coptic and the ECM at 2 Peter 3:10

The ECM (and the NA28 following) famously has a conjecture at 2...

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The latest issue of Open Theology journal is entitled “Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology” and was edited by Claire Clivaz and Garrick Allen. You can find the articles listed below online here.
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  • The Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology (editorial)Clivaz,...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 22:47

A New Grammar of Ancient Greek for NT Students

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imageOver at the Zürich New Testament Blog, Christoph Heilig has a nice interview with Heinrich von Siebenthal. Sibenthal’s Greek grammar has just been translated into English and published by Peter Lang. Christoph also gives a nice overview of recent Greek grammars and says we...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 16:00

Bernard Ramm on Textual Criticism (1957)

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imageFor Christmas, Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of American evangelicals founded by Billy Graham, has opened its full archives. These go back to 1956 and make for educational reading on the history of American evangelicalism.Pertinent to this blog is an article from CT’s second year...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:01

Pagan Readers of Christian Scripture

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New Article: Ian N. Mills, 'Pagan Readers of Christian Scripture: the Role of Books in Early Autobiographical Conversion Narratives' Vigiliae Christianae 73 (2019), 481-506.Abstract: Most scholars agree that “pagans” did not read Christian scripture. This critical consensus, however,...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 16:00

Myths and Mistakes on Sale

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imageElijah and I were pleased to hear last week that not only was Myths and Mistakes the publisher’s bestselling book at both conferences in San Diego this year, but the first print run has already sold out. One seller that has not run out is Westminster Seminary Bookstore, which is running a...

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The latest issue of TC is chock-full of good-looking articles—none of which I’ve been able to read yet. This issue also has a lengthy review article from Andrew Smith dealing with my published dissertation on the CBGM. Andrew was very kind to send me a pre-pub copy. It’s a real...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 18:03

A positive use of patristic evidence

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Elsewhere, I've written about some limits of patristic evidence, but in this post, I want to give a positive example of how it can be used.At James 5:4, the vast majority of manuscripts have ἀπεστερημένος (defraud, deprive of),...

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