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

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:18

Sabar on Dirk Obbink

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imageAriel Sabar has produced an engaging and informative overview of the tragic story of Dirk Obbink and the stolen Egyptian Exploration Society papyri.  Naturally, we must all leave Obbink's guilt to criminal investigations and proceedings.  Sabar's article, however, introduces those outside...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 04:42

News from Zondervan on the NASB 2020

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imageI recently noted a secondrevision of the NASB being done by John MacArthur. I have discussed the firstrevision before and given some samples of it. Today I discovered that Zondervan has a website with some additional info about the first revision of the NASB, now called the NASB 2020.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:00

Some Light COVID-19 Reading from Wuppertal

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Few texts are more pertinent during a time when paracetamol, hand sanitisers, toilet paper, pasta, and yeast are hopelessly sold out (perhaps never to be seen again on this side of eternity) than the Apocalypse of John.
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In this vein, I'd like to bring to everyone's attention a recently...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 19:05

The Goal(s) of New Testament Textual Criticism

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Recently, my co-blogger Peter Gurry participated in a conversation on the topicof how Christians should approach textual criticism and textual variation in manuscripts in a podcast hosted by Josh Gibbs (here and here).In the wake of the debate between the participants, Jeff Riddle, a...

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The Guardian just ran a story today about the ongoing circumstances with regard to Oxyrhynchus papyri that ended up missing and/or in private collections, “Oxford professor arrested on suspicion of ancient papyrus theft.” According to the article, Dirk Obbink was arrested “on...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 04:57

“He will see light” in Isaiah 53:11

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Over on Southern Equip today, I published a piece on Easter and textual criticism by commenting on a few of the crucial textual variants within Isaiah 53. I hope the post introduces more folks to some of the issues that have been long recognized, even if some of our translations are slow to...

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Before the coronavirus madness, Juan Hernández Jr. delivered this year’s Rev. Alexander Thompson Memorial Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary. The lecture is titled “Recovering Revelation’s Forgotten Textual History: Josef Schmid’s Magnum Opus for the...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 04:53

Another Revision of the NASB

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Over the last few years, I noted that the NASB, last updated in 1995, is currently undergoing a major revision (see here and here). Today, a video came out from Pastor John MacArthur that faculty at his university and seminary have been working on yet another revision of their own.It will be...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 04:50

Text Canon Institute’s Fellowship Application Open

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Co-blogger, Peter Gurry, and I want to invite serious MDiv grads who intend to pursue a PhD in the areas of Textual Criticism (Old or New) or Canon Studies to consider applying to Phoenix Seminary’s Master of Theology in Biblical Studies and especially the Text & Canon Institute’s...

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Today Hugh Houghton on behalf of the IGNTP Committee announces Text-Critical Thursdays here (pasted below). This is an online seminar series that will take place in May and June on the Zoom platform with academic papers on New Testament textual criticism from conferences cancelled because of...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 04:21

Sacred Words Videos Online

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The videos from our recent Sacred Words conference are now online at the TCI YouTube channel. We filmed all the speakers in the main auditorium. This included Peter Gentry on the text of the OT, ETC’s own Anthony Ferguson on DSS, Stephen Dempster on OT canon, and Dan Wallace on NT text. (We...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 03:56

A Tendency with Word Order Variants

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One of the cutest illustrations of transmission tendencies as to word order is found with the conjunction γαρ. Have a look at the following clauses:Luke 6:23 (and 6:26, almost identically) κατὰ τὰ αὐτὰ γὰρ...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:44

Festschrift for Maurice A. Robinson On-line

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imageIn 2014, Mark Billington and Peter Streitenberger edited a volume of essays, Digging for the Truth: Collected Essays Regarding the Byzantine Text of the Greek New Testament, to honor Maurice A. Robinson, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).One of...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 02:35

Interview at Ian Paul’s Blog

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Over at his award winning blog (it’s true), Ian Paul has interviewed me about Myths & Mistakes, why skepticism sells, and whether textual criticism is the geekiest of the NT subdisciplines. Thanks to Ian for having me.
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Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 01:37

On Using Majuscule Numbers instead of Letters

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imageAlong with my principled resistance to using Gothic letters in textual criticism, I have for a while also been personally opposed to using letters for the majuscules. Instead, I have tried to restrict myself to the Gregory-Aland numbers. The reason for this is that the numbers are never duplicated...

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Over at Biblia Arabica, Rob Turnbull has written a post about Arabic manuscripts, titled "Do Arabic Gospel manuscripts matter for Textual Criticism?" The article is an abridged version of a longer paper Rob presented at the 11th Birmingham Colloquium last year,...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 21:25

Mount Athos Repository On-line

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imageThe wonderful news has just reached me that over 3,000 digitised manuscripts at Mount Athos have been made available online (at this point only 177 are on parchment) in the Mount Athos Repository.
 This is Karakoulis's announcement (HT Hugh Houghton):
Thanks to the financial support of the...

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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.

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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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