Registration Now Open
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by Peter Gurry
3w ago
I’m happy to report that registration for our 2024 TCI Colloquium at Yarnton Manor is now open. The fee is $100/person and includes lunch both days. I hope to see some of our readers there. You can register at textandcanon.org/events/text-types ..read more
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Scribal Habits in Near Eastern Manuscript Tradition and the Dead Sea Scrolls
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by Anthony Ferguson
3w ago
I recently read and reviewed Scribal Habits in Near Eastern Manuscript Traditions for the journal, Presbyterion, published by Covenant Theological Seminary. I thought an overview of the book and some of my takeaways as an OT textual critic studying the Dead Sea Scrolls might be helpful here. To purchase the book with a 40% off coupon, use this code generously provided by the publishers: SH40% https://www.gorgiaspress.com/scribal-habits-in-near-eastern-manuscript-traditions   Overview: The paratextual elements of Near Eastern manuscripts are the focus of Scribal Habits in Near Eas ..read more
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Vesuvius Challenge Finds a Winner
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by Peter Gurry
3w ago
You’ve probably already seen the news that the Vesuvius Challenge just announced a winner for their contest to read CT scans of carbonized scrolls from Herculaneum. The contest focused on about 5% of one scroll that turns out to be an Epicurean text. This is a big breakthrough that builds on the work done back in 2015 to digitally unroll the En Gedi scroll (blogged about here) and opens the possibility of reading more of the 800 or so carbonized scrolls recovered from the library of Herculaneum that was destroyed in AD 79. Naturally for ETC readers, the question arises whether there ..read more
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Dormandy: Jesus and the Victory of Manuscripts? A Wrightian Analogy Unpacked
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by Peter Gurry
1M ago
The following is a guest post from Dr. Michael Dormandy is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria and was mentioned on the blog recently for his forthcoming dissertation on pandects. —Ed. I recently came across the following striking passage in one of N. T. Wright’s more recent academic books: Just as the massive nineteenth-century advances in discovering and collating early manuscripts led to major revisions of the text of the New Testament (resisted in some quarters, partly on the grounds that if God had wanted us ..read more
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2024 Colloquium at Yarnton Manor on NT Text-Types
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by Peter Gurry
1M ago
I’m happy to share a project I’ve been working on for some time here at the Text & Canon Institute. Some readers may remember that back in 2021 John Meade hosted our first colloquium on Origen as  Philologist. As the papers for that near publication, we are pleased to announce our second colloquium will be this July on the topic of NT text-types. The event will be hosted at Lanier Theological Library’s beautiful Yarnton Manor just outside Oxford, England on July 18–19. We hope to open registration for attendees in the coming weeks. For now, here are the details of the speakers. Held ..read more
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Philip W. Comfort (1950–2022)
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by Elijah Hixson
1M ago
I just found out that Philip Comfort passed away just over a year ago. I had no idea! I never met him, but I've found his work to be interesting to say the least. Sure, I've had my disagreements with some of his dates of papyri, but the information he compiled in his various works is certainly helpful to have, and the relative accessibility of his work (in terms of price) has no doubt helped to introduce many to textual criticism. I still remember how excited I was in seminary when I found a copy of his Text and Translation Commentary for 75% off at a Christian bookstore in a going-out-of-bu ..read more
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An interesting point in the NA28 apparatus at Gal 1.8
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by Peter M. Head
1M ago
 I'm sure that enticing title should get the clicks coming! Anyway, I'm enjoying teaching a class this term on the Greek text of Galatians (this includes syntax, exegesis, translation, and text). So I was excited to see in the apparatus at Gal 1.8 the following notation: D(*.c).2 At this point I wasn't actually that interested in solving the textual question, more to point out that there are occasions when the NA28 text is based on only a couple of manuscripts. (Incidentally THEGNT prints a different text reading, but as I said, I'm not trying to solve the overall problem here). And seco ..read more
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ECM Revelation available for pre-order
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by Elijah Hixson
1M ago
The German Bible Society now has a page for the ECM Revelation, available for pre-order for €329.00 (plus shipping). The info on the page indicates there are nearly 100 changes from the NA28 [cue the unnecessary fear-mongering]; I am interested to know what all they are and how many of them are translatable. The release date is set for 12 May 2024, and hopefully vol. 3.2 will have Revelation, not Acts, on the front cover in real life. Congrats to Martin Karrer and his team ..read more
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RP Byzantine Text in Free Digital Formats
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by Peter Gurry
2M ago
This may be old news to some of you but I pass the info along anyway. Norman Simón Rodríguez maintains the public domain repository for the Robinson-Pierpont Greek Byzantine text. The following info is from him. The repository includes the following resources: The beta code files of the Robinson-Pierpont 2018 text, including Byzantine variants and the Byz vs. critical text apparatuses. There are both accented and unaccented versions, and one version has grammatical parsing data. These files are the official source files created by professor Robinson for his edition. Converted Unicode fi ..read more
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New Book: Building a Book of Books
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by Peter Gurry
2M ago
My thanks to Michael Dormandy to alerting me that the published version of his Cambridge thesis will soon be out as vol. 54 in the ANTF series from de Gruyter. Building a Book of Books: Textual Characteristics of the Early Greek Majuscule Pandects  Michael Dormandy This book analyses how the early Greek whole-Bible manuscripts (pandects) change and preserve the text. Dormandy refutes the method based on singular readings and so investigates all the ways in which each pandect differs from the initial text, both changes introduced by its own scribe and by the scribes of earlier manuscript ..read more
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