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October 20 2017, 2AM

Over 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 ...

July 10, 3PM

Back in 2012 I posted a brief note about some Christian graffiti in Smyrna that was dated by Roger Bagnall to before AD 125 (and mentioned in R. Bagnall, Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, 2012 pb), ... [Bibfeldt] [graffiti] [Roger Bagnall] [Smyrna]

June 13, 8AM

I should say at the outset that finding errors in NA28 is rewarding because they are so few and far between, and because you are pitting your wits against the best in the business. Finding errors in NA28  is a sport based on a fundamental level of re... [Corrections] [NA28] [NA28 Apparatus] [P46]

May 30, 2AM

The Editio Critica Maior for Acts appears in the latest German Bible Society catalogue (HT: Greg Paulson on FB). It is due for publication in August 2017. We look forward to this and encourage and congratulate all those involved.There are two main volumes...

May 23, 4AM

M.D.C. Larsen, 'Accidental Publication, Unfinished Texts and the Traditional Goals of New Testament Textual Criticism' JSNT 39 (2017), 362-387.Abstract:  Notions of ‘authorship’, ‘publication’ and ‘final text’ are often mentioned in tradi...

May 2, 8AM

Just a quick post to alert you to the fact that the Library of Congress has put its collection of photographs of manuscripts from St. Catherine's Monastery online. For example, here you will find 1,081 Greek manuscripts (!). Heavenly. (HT: Alin Suciu on F...

December 5 2016, 3PM

At SBL I enjoyed the session discussing Peter Lampe's book, From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries (Fortress Press, 2003) (S19-340: Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity).This included interesting ...

October 26, 9AM

People sometimes wonder whether 'The New Testament' is a New Testament concept. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments. But I've been musing on this.The basic shape of the New Testament as a Trinitarian text oriented around the Gospel of ...

October 18, 12 PM

NEW YORK, 6 October 2016—Sotheby’s is honored to announce the sale of one of the greatest private collections of printed and manuscript Bibles formed since the 19th century, The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, which will be held in ...

September 30, 1AM

Roberta Mazza, 'Papyri, Ethics, and Economics: A Biography of P.Oxy. 15.1780 (P 39)', Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologysts, 52 (2015), 113-142.Abstract: Discussion of the retrieval, distribution, and sale of P.Oxy. 15.1780, a fragment of the ...

September 1, 6AM

Act of the Scribe: Interfaces between scribal work and language use. A WorkshopDate: April 6–8, 2017 (+ excursion on Sunday, April 9, to be informed later)Venue: The Finnish Institute at Athens (Zitrou 16, GR-117 42 Athens)Finnish InstituteThe project A... [Conferences]

August 30, 6AM

Jean-Louis Simonet sends word that he has published a critical review of Curt Niccum's book, The Bible in Ethiopia. The Book of Acts (2014) in J-L. Simonet, 'Le livre des Actes dans la Bible éthiopienne. A propos d’un livre récent' BABELAO 5 ...

August 2, 3AM

A couple of new books I am looking forward to reading at some point:Alan Mugridge, Copying Early Christian Texts: A Study of Scribal Practice (WUNT 362; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016).Blurb: It is widely believed that the early Christians copied thei... [book notes]

April 8, 12 AM

I received this email from Armin Yavari (Assistant Director of 'The Islamic Manuscript Association') and thought this course may be of interest to some of our readers:The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with Cambridge University Library and... [Islam]

April 6, 2AM

A. Papathomas, 'Ezechiel 12, 16–19 und 23–25 in einem griechischen Pergament aus Ägypten' Tyche 30 (2015), 91-98 (and taf. 14)An interesting little parchment fragment (5.4 x 4.8 cm) of Ezekiel, which is (acc. Papathomas) comparatively not very we... [Ezekiel] [Papathomas] [parchment] [Vienna]

March 18, 10AM

Today I received my copy of a new book: D.A. Carson (ed.), The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016). It is quite a big book (36 chapters and 1,240 pages), so this is not a review, more of an initial reaction and re...

March 4, 1PM

This Summer the Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture – Religious Manuscripts, Hand Press Books and Prints (15th–19th centuries): Collections, Materials and Methodologies – will take place on 27 June – 1 July at the Ruusbroec Institut... [Summer School]

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Sorry for the late notice, but some readers may well be interested in this conference: Please find below the programme for the Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestineconference, which will take place in Oxford 16th-17th March, 2016. Attendance at the ev...

February 29, 4AM

Neil Bach, Leon Morris: One Man's Fight for Love and Truth (Milton Keynes: Paternoster/Authentic, 2015). Neil Bach has written a very informative biography of Leon Morris, with a fascinating photograph on the front cover, which I read over the weekend. Of... [Atonement] [Australia] [book notes] [Leon Morris] [Neil Bach] [Ridley College]

February 10, 3PM

There is a post about the textual transmission of the Bible at the (US) Gospel Coalition website: Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible. Unfortunately all around (for the author, Greg Gilbert, his book, the Gospel Coalition) this post contains a numb...

December 4 2015, 2AM

There is an interesting review of the following book at BMCR: Joachim Friedrich Quack, Daniela Luft (ed.), Erscheinungsformen und Handhabungen Heiliger Schriften. Materiale Textkulturen, Bd 5.  Berlin; München; Boston:  De Gruyter, 2014."Ersche...

November 24, 3AM

Mike was presented with a Festschrift at SBL. Congratulations to him and the editors and all the contributors (see below). Dan Gurtner presenting the book to Mike (HT HH); the cover (HT JH); and the contents. ContentsForeword ixBart D. Ehrman Abbreviat...

November 18, 10AM

The call for papers and booking forms are now open for the Sixth British Patristics conference.The conference will be held at the University of Birmingham from Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th September 2016.Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of pa...

November 14, 2PM

I found this the other day while tidying up old files, and thought it might offer a change from our more usual offerings on the blog. There will be a test at the SBL blog dinner.

November 12, 2PM

The following came in an email from jobs.ac.uk (emails which I now have to read avidly), and looks very useful. Peter Head.Germany has over 140 doctorate awarding higher education institutions, many of which don’t charge tuition fees, and numerous... [jobs] [PhD]

October 29, 12 PM

As noted in the British Library blog, the British Library has lent the NT of Codex Sinaiticus to the British Museum for a special display down the road (in its old home). This means that when you go to the British Library you can see some of the Greek Old... [Codex Sinaiticus]

October 10, 2AM

There are obviously many great things about NA28, but there are also some ongoing niggles. One thing I've come across recently is the situation with some of the "diamond" readings in the Catholic Epistles. These "diamond" readings are those where the edit...

September 18, 9AM

While reading Richard Hays' book, Reading Backwards, I became fascinated with this symbol: It occurs fifteen times in the book, bringing a sense of unity and coherence to the otherwise narrativally disparate elements (cover, table of contents, ch...

September 8, 7AM

A collection described as the world's largest private collection of rare books and manuscripts is due to be liquidated. The collection, amounting to 135,000 documents from 54 manuscript collections, was acquired by Aristophil, a French company run by Gér...

September 7, 1PM

I spent three wonderfully quiet hours this morning in the Wren Library, under the gaze of Richard Bentley (and other luminaries) checking out some leads for my research on Hort's relationship with Tregelles.During his life Tregelles had very cordial relat... [Abbott] [Hort] [Tregelles] [Vansittart]

August 14, 1AM

In closing his work on the final part of S.P. Tregelles’ Greek New Testament, F.J.A. Hort said the following about Tregelles’ work:His services to the exact knowledge of the New Testament are already better and more widely understood than they were a ...

July 30, 9AM

For the introduction to this book and review series, see my previous posts: Part 1, Part 2.   N.P. Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014).Ch. 2 External Evidence (1): Bibli...

July 28, 7AM

The SNTS is meeting in Amsterdam this week. Interesting papers include:Main Paper IV (Aula) – Prof. Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg), “Neutestamentlicher Kanon, christliche Apokryphen und antik-christliche Erinnerungskulturen.” Seminar 7 [...

July 23, 1AM

For the introduction to this book and review series, see my previous post.  N.P. Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014).Ch. 1: IntroductionThe introductory chapter opens up...

July 21, 9AM

I had an article published in Tyndale Bulletin: Peter M. Head, ‘The Letters of Claudius Terentianus and the New Testament: Insights and Observations on Epistolary Themes’ Tyndale Bulletin 65 (2014), 219-245. (online at Academia.edu)Abstract: Eleven pa...

July 16, 1AM

The other day I received in the mail the following book: N.P. Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014).When it came out I got a copy on my Kindle, but I liked it so much I thought... [Ending of Mark]

July 15, 2AM

Call for PapersAltertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology, Papyrology and BeyondWorkshop, Leipzig, November 4-6, 2015Felix-Klein-Hörsaal, Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10, 4th FloorHashtag: #DHEgypt15Call for Papers for Junior Scholars – English Ve...

June 26, 1AM

In 1 Clement 5.6 we read that Paul had borne chains seven times: 'After he had been seven times in chains, had been driven into exile, had been stoned, and had preached in the east and in the west, he won the genuine glory for his faith ...' (M Holmes tra...

June 23, 1AM

Congratulations to David Parker.The Queen has recognised David Parker's contribution to New Testament Textual Criticism (and incidentally 'Higher Education') by appointing him as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). This means David is now...

June 15, 1AM

William Tabbernee (ed.), Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration across Cultures and Continents (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014). I’ve just finished reading this interesting book about Early Christianity which surveys the spread of Christiani... [book review] [Tabbernee] [versions]

June 13, 1AM

The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of rare books, maps and manuscripts Seminar, British Library London, 26 June 2015  The theft of and illicit trafficking in rare books, maps and manuscripts loot...

June 3, 1AM

One of the great things about working in the field of NT manuscripts and textual criticism over the last decades has been the steady flow of new material. Just to show two strands of that flow:NA26 (published in 1979) listed NT papyri up to P88; and majus... [Green Collection] [IGNTP] [Nestle-Aland 28] [NT Papyri] [NT.VMR 2.0]

May 30, 1AM

Two Reverends found an old Bible in their church in Lancashire (which I think is somewhere in England). They discovered it was a 1611 “Great She Bible” - a KJV with a typo. One of them said:“This English language version of the Bible was created to ...

May 24, 1AM

News in from the BBC: A first edition of one of the most important works of the man who inspired the Protestant Reformation has been discovered in a library in France. The publication by German theologian Martin Luther, called On the Freedom of a C...

May 21, 2AM

Craig A. Evans, 'How Long Were Late Antique Books in Use? Possible Implications for New Testament Textual Criticism' Bulletin of Biblical Research 25 (2015), 23-37. Abstract: Recent study of libraries and book collections from late antiquity has sho...

May 18, 1AM

D. Batovici, ‘Textual Revisions of the Shepherd of Hermas in Codex Sinaiticus’ ZAC 18 (2014), 443-470.Abstract: The last two books in what has survived of the fourth century biblical manuscript Codex Sinaiticus are the Epistle of Barnabas and the She... [Batovici] [Codex Sinaiticus] [Hermas]

May 14, 5AM

Over on Facebook it was observed that Brill was offering a collection of historic editions of the New Testament for sale.The Critical Editions of the New Testament OnlineThe Greek Text, Versions, and Transcriptions of Manuscripts...This series, earlier pu...

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David Jenkins (Librarian for Classics, Hellenic Studies and Linguistics at Princeton University.) has an excellent database of digital images of Greek manuscripts: Digitized Greek Manuscripts. Currrently this lists 3360 Greek manuscripts which can be sear...

May 11, 1AM

From Dave Black:I am pleased to announce that The Pericope of the Adulteress in Modern Research has been accepted for publication in T & T Clark’s Library of New Testament Studies series. You may recall that SEBTS hosted a major conference... [David Black] [Pericope adulterae]

May 8, 1AM

G.W. Houston, Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014) is an important resource. Blurb: Libraries of the ancient world have long held a place in the public imaginat... [Books] [Houston] [Libraries]

May 4, 1AM

David van Biema has an interesting interview with David Trobisch: "David Trobisch lends Green family’s Bible Museum a scholarly edge"The interview poses the question of the nature of the theological tensions between Trobisch and Steve Green as, in Trobi...

April 30, 1AM

For obvious reasons we are accustomed to thinking of biblical texts on papyrus and parchment (the most obvious reason is that most biblical texts were in fact written on papyrus and parchment). Among the minuscules we also find manuscripts written on pape...

April 28, 7AM

If anyone has any leads on the unpublished papers (or un-noticed publications) that would be appreciated. Stirewalt, M.L. Jr., ‘Paul’s Evaluation of Letter Writing’ Search the Scriptures: New Testament Studies in Honor of Raymond T. Stamm (ed. J.M. ...

April 25, 1AM

Nestle’s first edition (1898) involved the mechanical process of comparing the text of Tischendorf with that of Westcott & Hort. When they agreed Nestle printed the text; when they disagreed he consulted R.F. Weymouth (1892) and printed the majority... [Nestle-Aland editions]

April 23, 1AM

1. Summer School in Textual CriticismThe Department of Humanities at the University of Ferrara offers an intensive 2-week summer school in textual criticism. The course is aimed at both graduate and PhD students in diverse disciplines who would like to...

April 21, 1AM

A helpful discussion with illustrations of the recent re-binding of one of the manuscripts in the Goodspeed collection in Chicago (connected with a project to put complete digital images of all the Greek manuscripts in the Goodspeed Collection).

April 18, 1AM

In our constant pursuit of excellence in the fulfilment of the mission of our blog it would be really helpful to have posts from all our blog members once in a while. Here are some suggestions if you are not feeling inspired (which would seem to apply to ...

April 16, 1AM

Two interesting links to discussions of dirty manuscripts.Erik Kwakkel discusses dirty medieval books, including fingerprints, leaves and twigs, sand, pins, paint, and cat paws (with nine photos illustrating these). Final paragraph: While we are perhaps i...

April 13, 1AM

The volume arising from the major conference on Codex Sinaiticus in the summer of 2009 (see blogs here for the programme and here and here for “highlights”), is advertised in the most recent British Library catalogue for publication in June 2015, as f... [Codex Sinaiticus]

April 10, 1AM

The British Library Medieval Manuscripts blog reports that seventy-five more manuscripts are on-line. These seem to be the last group in the current project (hopefully they will get more funding to keep up the good progress). In this batch are a mountain ...

April 7, 1AM

From a footnote in something I am writing about letter-carriers:In 1909 Amling proposed a single-letter emendation to read  0Ihsouj rather than  0Ihsou= at Phile 23, and thus allow complete agreement in those sending greetings in Col 4.10-14 and...

April 4, 9PM

April 2, 9PM

March 30, 8AM

New publication: R. Ast & J. Lougovaya, 'The Art of Isopsephism in the Greco-Roman World' in Ägytische Magie und ihre Umwelt (ed. A. Jördens; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015), 82-98. Available here. Since Greek letters are used to represent numbers, i...

March 27, 2AM

Images of M 021 (a ninth century gospels majuscule) are now online. (HT Paul Anderson)For Images of NT Majuscules in Paris now:C 04: Ephraimi Rescriptus (Paris, Bibl. Nat., Gr. 9)D 06: Claromontanus (Paris, Bibl. Nat. Gr., 107)H 015: Coislinianus (Paris, ... [021] [digital images] [Paris]

March 24, 2AM

Tommy Wasserman, 'The Coherence Based Genealogical Method as a Tool for Explaining Textual Changes in the Greek New Testament' Novum Testamentum 57 (2015) 206-218.Abstract: This article discusses the advantages of the the Coherence Based Genealogical Meth...

March 23, 2AM

I found this in an old draft post which I never posted. In addition to the general interest, it contains a very full and frank interview with Kurt Aland which is worth listening to.

March 21, 2AM

This summer, courses of Papyrology will be offered as part of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, which will be held from 13 - 24 July 2015 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. The Papyrology Programme consists of t...

March 19, 2AM

Christianity Today reports that Gordon College is planning to auction some of its Bibles: More than 90 years ago, Gordon College was given 7,000 rare books and artifacts by the family of Edward Payson Vining, a railroad executive and amateur Shakespeare...

March 17, 2AM

Go here for details of this year's London International Palaeography Summer School (June 15-19). Lots of choice, and there are course descriptions and reading lists to check out. E.g. there is a two day course in Greek Palaeography (led by Dr. Laura Franc...

March 15, 2AM

There is a really good post over at the BL blog on Greek manuscripts collected by Robert Curzon. A couple of years ago I was read Curzon's very entertaining account of his travels and manuscript collecting in his Visits to the Monasteries of the Levant (L...

March 13, 2AM

The Use of the Bible in Contemporary Culture 25th–27th June—University of ChichesterContemporary western culture contains many references and allusions to the Bible, especially in art, the media, and politics. Such allusions to the words, narratives ...

March 10, 3AM

I’m pleased to be able to post here a report of some important new research from Gregory Heyworth and Roger Easton which will doubtless be of broader interest: Dating to the first half of the 4th century, the Codex Vercellensis or Codex A is the earlies...

March 9, 2AM

I recently came across a website called the Internet Bible Catalog. Notwithstanding that mis-spelling of "catalogue" I found this a useful resource in tracking down both a particular edition of an English translation of the NT, and also earlier and later ...

March 6, 11AM

I was getting together a handout for a seminar on Monday on the topic of Greek Lectionary manuscripts of the New Testament. But it is an area in which I readily confess my ignorance (and usually don't even get to in courses I have taught), so I thought I ... [lectionaries]

March 5, 5AM

I don't think that it will be possible to post regular up-dates for online images of the Vatican Library. They are aiming to get all 80,000 manuscripts photographed and on-line (1690 so far). Among those 80,000 are around 346 NT Greek manuscripts (the num... [Vatican Library]

March 2, 2AM

The William Schiede collection, which contains copies of the first six printed editions of the Bible, including a practically complete Gutenberg Bible (1455), as well as a host of other early printed books and manuscripts (including the NT manuscripts: 13...

February 27, 3AM

"Culture" is not perhaps the best word, but it'll do for the moment. Udo Schnelle's SNTS presidential address from last year has been published:U. Schnelle, 'Das frühe Christentum und die Bildung' NTS 61 (2015), 113-143.The abstract shows how interesting...

February 26, 2AM

The Washington Post offers a collection of Bible typos - just the thing to liven up that lecture a bit: When ‘Jesus’ was ‘Judas’ and other pretty stupendous Bible typos  Mark Ward posts a video (from a talk in a church) about Why Bible T...

February 24, 6AM

Over at PaleoJudaica, Jim Davila notes the recent discovery of an Ethiopic text of Jannes and Jambres (a work about the Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses in Exodus 7, known only incompletely, which may be categorised, following the lead of Origen, as a...

February 23, 2AM

Minuscule 298 (Paris, BN, Gr. 73)[Paul Anderson tells me: "It is a Byzantine and is a slightly weakened family Πa member clustered with GA 787 and 1478 with a typical μ5 PA form for this group."]Minuscule 484 (London, BL, Burney 21) [AD 1291-92]Mi...

February 19, 9AM

In an interesting new development in scholarly textual criticism the Vatican announced on Twitter that "The Bodmer Papyrus XIV-XV (P75) has a new name: Hanna Papyrus 1 (Mater Verbi)"  This is a new development, since until recently the Vatican h... [Bodmer Papyri] [Frank Hanna] [P75] [Vatican Library]

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There is a nice post with great photos by Erik Kwakkel at Medievalbooks about the transportation of medieval books, including many Bibles, in bags, boxes, various types of containers and wraps: Box It, Bag It, Wrap It: Medieval Books on the Go

February 17, 2AM

Don McLean has said that the original manuscript of American Pie (for our younger readers who don't know what that is see below) will 'divulge everything there is to divulge' about the meaning of the track. Coincidentally he is also try to sell the 16 pag...

February 16, 10AM

The whole of Codex Vaticanus (OT and NT) now online. http://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Vat.gr.1209

February 13, 2AM

News of a tremendous marketing and tax scam involving biblical manuscripts and evangelical seminaries is covered by Paul Barford and Roberta Mazza. (I am a bit busy to get into this right now, but if someone else is following things and wants to post on t...

February 10, 10AM

About this time last year I wrote a blog about the wikipedia page concerning Codex Alexandrinus, under the heading How Bad is Wikipedia? Codex Alexandrinus as a test case.  My general conclusion was fairly negative:"Wikipedia is quite bad. Facts...

January 28, 2AM

New article: Vito Mocella, Emmanuel Brun, Claudio Ferrero & Daniel Delattre, 'Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging' Nature Communications 6, Article number: 5895 doi:10.1038/ncomms6895 (20.1.2015). Abstra... [Herculaneum papyri] [Technology] [xray]

January 26, 2AM

On the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the official foundation of the 'Leids Papyrologisch Instituut’, there is an excellent online the virtual papyrus exhibition 'Texts from Ancient Egypt. Highlights from the Collection of the Leiden Papyro... [creed] [Leiden] [Papyrology]

January 23, 2AM

The History and Text of New Testament CommentariesThe provisional timetable is now available for the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium, to be held on 2nd-4th March 2015, and is included in this message below.Booking continues to be open for a couple of weeks: p... [Birmingham colloquium] [commentary]

January 20, 5AM

Here is another blog quiz (for earlier quizzes see: the conjectural emendation quiz, the geography quiz, a monastery quiz, a western text quiz, a NT majuscule manuscript quiz, a general manuscript quiz). This one is a little different, a little more diffi...

January 11, 11PM

P. Oxy 4959 is a very interesting documentary letter of the second century - interesting at lots of levels in terms of content, style, grammar, compositional process (corrections and cross through), etc. (for info, text and ET see here) But it is also int...

January 8, 2AM

Brice Jones has found a papyrus fragment of John for sale on ebay - see here (it all looks plausible to me). Winchester Cathedral is trying to recover illuminations stolen from the twelfth-century Winchester Bible. The British Library has published a list...

December 8, 7AM

I was interested to read at T.C. Robinson's blog about Gordon Fee's reasons for revising his commentary on First Corinthians (the revised NICNT, published this year). The third of his reasons is as follows:A third, probably less significant, change from t... [Gordon D. Fee] [Stephanus] [Verse numbering]

December 6, 6AM

Interesting new article in NTS: Matthew R. Crawford, ‘Ammonius of Alexandria,Eusebius of Caesarea and the Origins of Gospels Scholarship’ New Testament Studies 61 (2014), 1-29. Abstract: In the early third and fourth centuries respectively, ... [Ammonius] [Crawford] [Eusebian Canons] [Eusebius] [gospels] [Sinaiticus]

November 17, 2AM

As you can see, we are trying a new look on the blog. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

November 7, 10AM

Further details (including abstracts of papers) from Alin Suciu's blog

October 22, 9AM

Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late AntiquityTranslation, transmission, and influence This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. I...

October 15, 6AM

The Fifth St Andrews Scripture and Theology Conference: The Book of Jeremiah, 6-9 July 2015In July 2015, biblical scholars and theologians from around the world will gather to consider the Book of Jeremiah, using this ancient text to bring exegesis an...

October 13, 7AM

Here is a collection of surveys of scholarship on Mark. I couldn't find one which summarised text-critical work on Mark's Gospel. Surveys of Scholarly Literature:  R.S. Barbour, ‘Recent Study of the Gospel according to St. Mark’ Exp T 79 (1967-68...

October 11, 4AM

A young researcher, named Balazs Mikusi, found Mozart's own score of the Piano Sonata in A. He was a clever researcher because he was in a library 'leafing through folders of unidentified manuscripts'. That is the best place to discover manuscripts.He sai...

October 9, 7AM

The Giant Bibles of Twelfth-Century EnglandA series of three lectures in the British Library by Christopher de HamelThe great Latin Bibles, in huge multiple volumes, are by far the largest and most spectacular manuscripts commissioned in England in the ...

October 8, 6AM

TEXTUAL TRAILS. Transmissions of Oral and Written TextsHelsinki, 30 October – 1 November 2014Texts tend to travel across space and time, whether they are carried by sound waves, embedded in parchments, codices and books, or stored online. They pass ...

October 6, 7AM

Textsand Traditions: Essays in Honour of J Keith Elliott  (ed. J. Kloha & P. Doble; NTTSD 47; Leiden: Brill, 2014), The methodology of New Testament textual criticism, the critical evaluation of readings, and the history and texts of early Chris...

October 5, 4AM

October 4, 2AM

Since the study of the OT in the NT often (always?) depends on the study of the particular text forms involved, and because I have fond memories of attending some of these conferences years back, I include this note here:The Annual (Hawarden) Seminar on ...

October 3, 2AM

There is a helpful review at BMCR of a newly published Byzantine Greek lexicon: Eva Villani, Il lessico Ambrosiano inedito ΑΝΤΙΧΕΙΡ (C 222 inf., ff. 207r-208v).   Milano:  EDUCatt, 2014.  Pp. 248.  ISBN 9788867800865.  €...

July 2, 8AM

Hugh Houghton writes:This is advance notice to colleagues and attendees of former colloquia that the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament will be held in Birmingham on 2nd-6th March 2015.The theme will be The Hi...

June 30, 2AM

Interesting blog post over at the British Library on GA 699 and the separate histories of its two parts (with nice pictures).This is a notable NT manuscript partly on the grounds that it was (unusually) a manuscript of the whole New Testament - one of o...

June 28, 2AM

We know that modern lexica are important for providing information on how modern scholars understand the meaning of words. And we know that ancient lexica are even more useful for providing information on how ancient scholars understood the meaning of wor...

June 26, 2AM

Building on Christian Askeland's argument that the Harvard Coptic John Fragment was textually dependent on Thompson's 1924 publication of the Qau codex (see The forgery of the Lycopolitan gospel of John) Stephen Emmel has recently done a great job on asse...

June 18, 6AM

Oxford Bodl., Barocci 3 (G-A 314):Oxford Bodl., Barocci 28 (G-A 2101): (XIII; Gospels with Comm.; on paper) Oxford Bodl., Barocci 29 (G-A 46):(c. 1300; Gospels)Oxford Bodl., Barocci 31 (G-A 45): (XIII; Gospels)Oxford Bodl., Barocci 48 (G-A 2408 = fol. 18 ...

June 6, 7AM

Heracleon wrote the earliest surviving commentary on any portion of the New Testament, and is an important witness to the state of the text of John in the second century. Here is some bibliography to get you started: A. E. Brooke, The Fragments of Heracle...

June 4, 2PM

Our very warm congratulations to Maurice who has been promoted to Research Professor of New Testament Studies at SEBTS (see here). Bruce Ashford, provost of Southeastern, said, “We are happy to allow him the opportunity to increase his research and wri...

May 21, 7AM

Email from SBL:Texts lie at the heart of biblical studies and the related fields its members research and teach. It is with this core interest in mind that the Society of Biblical Literature has launched a web page providing resources for text-critical...

May 9, 1AM

Darrell, to distract us from other matters, asked a question about an odd feature in 2892 (from the comments to the previous post).The second to last line ends Colossians 2:12. But then the next line begins with Colossians 3:4, meaning 14 verses were omi...

May 7, 8AM

In his article in the New York Times entitled 'How the 'Jesus' Wife' Hoax Fell Apart', Jerry Pattengale concludes with an interesting comment: 'this episode is not totally without merit. It will provide a valuable case study for research classes long aft...

April 9, 4AM

New Article:E.B. Ebojo, 'When Nonsense Makes Sense: Scribal Habits in the Space-intervals, Sense-pauses, and Other Visual Features in P46' The Bible Translator 64 (2013), 128-150.AbstractThis article explores the visual and paratextual features embedded i... [Ebojo] [ETC blog] [P46] [Scribal habits] [Spaces]

March 31, 7AM

From the SBL Review of Biblical Literature 26 March 2014J. K. ElliottNew Testament Textual Criticism: The Application of Thoroughgoing Principleshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8709Reviewed by Daniel B. Wallace This is an interest...

March 28, 11AM

Some readers may be interested in this:The Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) is an annual training event taking place on 14 - 18 July 2014 at the University of Oxford for researchers, project manage...

March 27, 8AM

Dan Wallace has a helpful interaction with Craig Blomberg's new book on believing the Bible, especially in relation to the chapter on textual criticism of the NT (which mostly seems to focus on Bart Ehrman). Dan is positive about the book, but the nine er...

March 26, 8AM

Tomorrow I am heading for Oklahoma City for a conference on Dating Early Papyri and Manuscripts with the Green Scholars Initiative. In addition to my academic paper on some obscure subject connected with the palaeography of the early papyri and meeting up...

March 25, 11AM

Ed Andrew Edmondson, working on a PhD in beautiful Birmingham, sent in the following:John 12:15 quotes Zechariah 9:9: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!”. Most of the manuscripts read ο βασιλε...

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The British Library have announced that images of the British Library portions of Codex Sinaiticus are available through their Digitised Manuscripts collection. A quick look here suggests that they are the same images as used for the Codex Sinaiticus Proj...

March 24, 3AM

JTS have published J. K. Elliott's review of A User’s Guide to the Nestle–Aland 28 Greek New Testament. By David Trobisch.The pdf is (also?) available here. J Theol Studies published 22 March 2014, 10.1093/jts/flu045 Elliott is pretty critical...

March 18, 7AM

Some interesting article in the recent journals:Ilaria Ramelli, 'The Emmaus Disciples and the Kerygma of the Resurrection (Lk 24,34):A Greek Variant and the Old Syriac, Coptic, and Latin Traditions' ZNW 105(2014), 1-19.Stephen C. Carlson, '“For Sinai is...

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February 24, 5AM

Exhibit A: Greek papyri found in a box in a college libraryExhibit B: Medieval manuscript found in a box in a college library.NB. P52 was found in a box in a library (unfortunately wikipedia doesn't mention this)Just a reminder: "the best place to look fo...

February 20, 7AM

From Trace to Text: Highlights from the University of Michigan Papyrus CollectionThis is a helpful introduction to the process of interpreting texts on papyrus.Searching the DDbDP (Or, How Fine are a Balrog’s Teeth?)This is a very helpful discussion of ...

February 19, 5AM

Bibliography for Epistle of Jude1.      TextNA27:Novum Testamentum Graece (ed. B. & K. Aland et al. [E. Nestle]; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 199327, cf. 18981, 197926).NA28: Novum Testamentum Graece (ed. B. & K....

February 15, 4AM

There are some things I really like about Wikipedia (although I don't really buy into David Parker's view that the Bible grew like a wikipedia article). It always comes up first in a google search so it is easy to find. It sometimes has really good pictur...

February 13, 4AM

Over at the Medieval manuscripts blog, Cillian O'Hogan has an interesting discussion of a small piece of papyrus in the Cotton collection: A Papyrus Puzzle and Some Purple Parchment  A Papyrus Puzzle and Some Purple ParchmentA Papyrus Puzzle and Some...

February 12, 8AM

Mike Holmes is giving a special lecture on Feb 13th in Princeton on the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Bruce Metzger. More details here. Let us know if there is video Mike.

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Peter Malik, 'The Earliest Corrections in Codex Sinaiticus: A Test Case from the Gospel of Mark' Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 50(2013), 207-254.Abstract: One of the most intriguing aspects of the production of Codex Sinaiticus is the ...

February 11, 7AM

British Library Add MS 11840 (XII): Gospel Lectionary with ekphonetic notation (Gregory-Aland l189)     British Library Add MS 16184 (XIII): New Testament (Gregory-Aland 496) ...

February 5, 3AM

The Centro di Studi Papirologici of Università del Salento, Lecce, is organizing the Seventh Edition of the Scuola Estiva di Papirologia that will take place from July 14th to July 19th 2014.The School is open to graduates, last-year un...

February 3, 7AM

At Hebrews 5.6, in the citation from Ps 109.4(LXX), P46* clearly has the word EPEUX. The corrector has changed this, by marking the word with dots and writing IEREUS interlinearly. This is an interesting reading because it raises a number of issues: on th...

January 31, 9AM

Codex Zacynthius is two Greek New Testament manuscripts in one. It is a palimpsest, with two levels of writing throughout. The upper text is lectionary 299, a thirteenth-century gospel lectionary. And the underlying text is 040 a manuscript of Luke 1...

January 28, 7AM

Here are an interesting series of pictures from the header space above the start of the relevant columns of text in Codex Sinaiticus (from the Sinaiticus Project Website):These raise a couple of interesting issues. Firstly, given the general consistency I...

January 20, 3AM

Need to remember or revise some basic information about the Gospel of Thomas? Here is a guide I have used before and wrote up for a seminar last week.  Gospel according to Thomas: title acc. to the subscription in Nag Hammadi Codex IIGospel: signific...

January 17, 6AM

Fortunatianus was bishop of Aquileia in the middle of the fourth century. About him Jerome had the following to say (De Viris Illustribus 97 from here): Fortunatianus, an African by birth, bishop of Aquilia during the reign of Constantius, composed brief...

January 15, 4AM

Thought and Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD (Cairo, 1-2 April 2014); already mentioned here.An International Seminar in Coptic Papyrology (Barcelona, 6-13 July 2014): (deadline 15 March 2014): more info here or here. International SBL (Vienna, ...

January 13, 10AM

Edmon L. Gallagher, 'The religious provenance of the Aquila manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah' Journal of Jewish Studies LXIV (2013), 283-305.Abstract:The Cairo Genizah yielded two palimpsest manuscripts of Aquila’s Greek translation of the Hebrew Bib...

January 9, 2AM

The New Testament volume of the six volume Complutensian Polyglot - Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine in Academia Complutensi Nouiter Impressum -  has a colophon at the conclusion of the Apocalypse which dates its printing to 10th January 1514, five...

December 10 2013, 11AM

Here is the bibliography/handout for my presentation at tomorrow's conference: Day Conference inPapyrology and Early Christianity/Biblical Studies (11.12.13)C.P. Thiede, ‘Papyrus Magdalen Greek 17 (Gregory-Aland P64): A Reappraisal’ ZPE 105 (1995), 13...

December 6, 3AM

This session took place on Monday afternoon (I am working backwards through my "notes"). I think it had some problems at the outset. Firstly, although there is some allowable, necessary and fertile overlap between the fields, three out of five of the pape...

December 4, 5AM

Day Conference in Papyrology and Early Christianity/Biblical StudiesWednesday, December 11, 2013Tyndale House is pleased to host a second day conference featuring research papers on a variety of topics connecting papyrology and Biblical studies and readin...

December 3, 3AM

I will start my posts about SBL with the last day. After a visit to the hotel gym I was at the door of the bookroom for the 8AM rush. I managed to snag the display copy of New Documents 10 and picked up some other books before heading over to room 347 (vi...

November 28, 3AM

A copy of the first book known to have been printed in America - an English translation of the Psalms published in 1640) was sold at auction for $12,500,000 (plus extras). Highlights of the auction and a report here.

November 8, 5AM

An invitation to a conference in Egypt, Cairo 1-2nd April 2014 about "Thought and Culture in Christian Egypt 284-641 AD.It will be hold at Ain Shams university, Faculty of Arts. Fees of the conference are 250$. The organizing committee will offer 3 da...

November 7, 8AM

The British Library has posted some nice images recently (announced here).Egerton Papyrus 2 (P. Lond. Christ. 1/P. Egerton 2, the Egerton Gospel) Papyrus 1531 (P. Oxy. IV 654, fragment of the Gospel of Thomas)Papyrus 2052 (P. Oxy. VIII 1073, ...

October 4, 7AM

Seems that there is a bit of interest in marginalia at the moment.Life on the Edge: Marginalia A nice post on the John Rylands Library blog by John Hodgson with helpful images illustrating various cadels, drolleries, grotesques, and such things in mostly ...

September 30, 5AM

Nothing particularly sensational here (especially from a cinematographical perspective!), but fun to watch some friends here. A good brief intro and touches on some contemporary scholarly interests. I might have nuanced a few things differently (I would h...

September 28, 4AM

J.P. Ware, Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010).This is not exactly a book review, just a blog post to say that I have found this book much more useful than I originally thought it would be when I got it a coupl...

September 25, 9AM

A.J. Forte, 'Observations on the 28th Revised Edition of Nestle-Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece' Biblica 94 (2013), 268-292.This is an interesting review or set of observations about the NA28, largely positive, and full of information. Among other points...

September 24, 8AM

Some time ago we posted the call for papers for a Conference on Scribal Practice in the Ancient and Antique Mediterranean World at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The conference is this weekend and the abstracts (HT: What's New in Papyrology?) ...

September 20, 4AM

Highly Recommended (don't let the fact that it is in Oxford put you off):The fifth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 28 July-2 August 2014. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek m...

September 17, 5AM

I thought it would be a good idea to draw up a list of the best commentaries for textual criticism. Which commentaries show real independent thought about the text of the text they are treating? (We won't bother here with those which may be excellent in o...

September 14, 10AM

On the 3rd of September the British Library announced eleven new manuscripts had been digitised and the images placed on-line. These include six Greek Gospel manuscripts:Burney MS 19 (G-A 481; 10th Cent.) Burney MS 20 (G-A 482, AD 1285) Additional MS 2610...

September 13, 5AM

The University Library in Cambridge has acquired some interesting fragments of a Manichaean text written in Syriac (Camb., UL. MS. Or. 2552). More details are here:A lecture by Professor Nils Arne Pedersen on ‘The Syriac-Manichaean “Allberry fragments...

September 12, 7AM

In the most recent New Testament Studies:Emily Gathergood, 'Papyrus 32 (Titus) as a Multi-text Codex: A New Reconstruction' NewTestament Studies 59 (2013), 588-606.Abstract: Following the recent emphasis on studying early Christian manuscripts as his...

September 11, 7AM

Not a trick question: 27. And there is more (that I learnt from Bart Ehrman): this is trinitarian, since the NT is about the Christian God, and therefore specifically about the Trinity.  And what is 27?  3 to the 3rd power (3 x 3 x 3).&nb...

September 10, 7AM

The Bibliographical Society of America has released a helpful Directory of Institutions in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings (compiled by Melissa Conway and Lisa Fagin Davis).

September 9, 7AM

The Guardian (oddly enough) has an interesting collection of attempts to present aspects of the Bible in visual form (here). My favourite is the picture above of biblical cross-references. Here is the description:This is about how the bible speaks to its...

August 7, 7AM

The CEDOPAL and The the University of Naples have the pleasure to invite you to the conference "Signs in Texts, Texts on Signs. Scholarship, Reading and Writing in the Greco-Roman World" to be held at the University of Liège, on the 6th and 7th Septem...

July 26, 4AM

Appel à contributions - Letters et Letter writing. Signed, sealed, delivered Tuesday 18th March – Thursday 20th March 2014Prague, Czech RepublicThe letter has been one of the most important forms of communication over thousands of years acros...
Our knowledge of the Gothic Bible in manuscript form rests on seven incomplete manuscripts (acc. to C. Falluomini's chapter in the new Status Quaestionis). In that chapter Falluomini comments: 'no new parts of the Gothic Bible have been found that would h... [Gothic] [Bologna] [Tornaghi] [Finazzi]

July 22, 4AM

Here is a very helpful website featuring resources for the study of Armenian manuscripts, including pdfs of catalogues from a wide variety of libraries, museums and monasteries all round the world, a load of other interesting things and editions of the Gr...

July 11, 2AM

Jim Leonard's review of McDonald's book on  Formation of the Bible is quite interesting. Read it here. (McDonald takes a big hit for an idiotic uninformed comment on p. 134)My review of Kostenberger and Kruger on The Heresy of Orthodoxy may also be i...

July 1, 5AM

The Bibliotheque Nationale is doing a great job in putting images of manuscripts on-line. Here is a list with sample page (or something of interest):Grec 9 (GA: 04; Codex Ephraimi Rescriptus): index page:Grec 49 (GA: 8, Gospels, eleventh century)Grec 81 (...

June 3, 8AM

Some recent examples confirm Head's rule - that the best place to look for ancient manuscripts is in a library (previous examples include P52, Luther's lectures on Romans, the Archimedes Palimpsest): The discovery of an ancient Torah scroll in an Italian ...

May 28, 5AM

There are three spellings in the manuscripts:  suzuge: P16 (suz[uge); )* B D1 E P Y (gnhsie kai suzuge) 075; and (with the word order: suzuge gnhsie): K L 049 056 0142 0150 0151;  sunzuge: P46 )2[=ca] A D*.c [text for Tregelles, Tischendorf, Wes...

May 23, 4AM

The pursuits of Scriptural criticism are so quiet, so laborious, that they can have few charms for the votary of fame, or the courtier of preferment: they always have been, perhaps they always must be, the choice employment mainly of those, who, feeling c...

May 22, 2AM

Eph 6.21 in the NA28 has probably one of the most complex things ever seen in an apparatus. Whereas NA27 simply cited Sinaiticus in support of the txt at the word order variant: PANTA GNWRISEI UMIN TUXIKOS; NA28 now has: ALEPH in support of the same readi...

May 8, 9AM

The latest issue of Novum Testamentum has an interesting article:J. van Nes, '"Faith(fulness) of the Son of God"? Galatians 2:20b Reconsidered' NovT 55 (2013), 127-139.In this article van Nes argues for the P46 reading: EN PISTEI ZW TOU QEOU KAI XRISTOU a...

April 22, 6AM

Over at RBECS Edgar Ebojo has offered a careful review of Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger, eds., The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  Among other things he pinpoints an interesting notion reflected in the work, in that 'scr...

April 5, 8AM

When examining an Armenian manuscript from Bzommar (n° 509, a Mashtots from the 16th Century) on the HMML website, I was surprised to discover three fly leaves from a Greek lectionary of the Gospels. Folio 01r contains Mt 20:1-8, Folio 168r contains Mt 1...

March 22, 7AM

Brice Jones has a new web-site with a blog and papyrological resources. On his blog he reviews the recent book The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis (although he mostly comments on only two chapters); he ...

December 6 2012, 5AM

Ancient Jewish Letters and the Beginnings of Christian EpistolographyAncient Jewish letter writing is a neglected topic of research. Lutz Doering’s new monograph seeks to redress this situation. The author pursues two major tasks: first, to provide a...

December 4, 5AM

Ian Paul (over at Psephizo) summarises some aspects of my SBL presentation on Phoebe and Romans 16.1-2:  Peter Head, of Tyndale House in Cambridge, takes issue with some of the claims Wright makes here. Peter is something of the ‘go to’ man...

November 27, 10AM

I was interested to see Tom Wright's piece in the Times (of London) concerned with the Church of England's vote on Women Bishops: Women Bishops: It’s about the Bible, not fake ideas of progress (here from Fulcrum since the Times is behind a paywall). Ev...

August 14, 7AM

Σαραπίων Ἡρακλείδῃ τῷἡμετέρῳ χα(ίρειν). ἔπεμψά σοιἄλλας δύο ἐπιστολάς,διὰ Νηδύμου μίαν , διὰΚρονίου μαχαιροφόρουμίαν · λοιπὸν οὖν ἔ...

August 7, 6AM

Epistolary security problem.In Suetonius' life of Augustus he describes how Augustus could be on occasion forgiving, and on other occasions severe. Among the examples of severity we read the following:he broke the legs of his secretary Thallus for having ...

April 18, 6AM

Interesting comment on interpreting potentially ambiguous expressions in written documents:In the first place it should be shown, if possible, that there is no ambiguity in the statement, because in ordinary conversation everyone is accustomed to use this...

April 5, 5AM

SBL 2012 Phoebe the Letter CarrierLooks like I'm going to be busy in Chicago: Dear Peter,Congratulations, your paper, Phoebe the letter carrier and the delivery and initial reception of Romans, was accepted for the 2012 Annual Meeting program unit Pauline...

March 29, 1AM

Opening Paul's LettersOver at Crux Sola Nigay Gupta has a review of Patrick Gray's new book, Opening Paul's Letters, which he quite likes except for the fact that he has "very little discussion of letter-carriers and their roles (see only short discussion...

March 27, 6AM

SBL 2012 Paper acceptedDear Peter,Congratulations, your paper, The Role of Tychicus in Col 4.7-9 (with an old approach to the text of 4.8), was accepted for the 2012 Annual Meeting program unit Disputed Paulines. The meeting will be held in Chicago, IL...

March 20, 7AM

Paul to Seneca (II)I was happy to receive your letter yesterday. I could have answered it at once if I had had the young man at hand whom I intended to send to you. You well know when and through whom, at what time and to whom something ought to be given ...

March 13, 6AM

Mike Bird posted a comment on Cicero and Letter Carriers, reflecting (a little too superficially) on a single quote from Atticus 1.13: In these letters, indeed, I am urgently pressed by you to send answers, but what renders me rather dilatory in this res...

March 11, 8AM

March 9, 10AM

Letter Carriers in MarburgJust got back from attending the Facharbeitsgruppe Neues Testament in Marburg. This is a research seminar/conference associated with the Arbeitskreis für evangelikale Theologie (seems basically like an equivalent to the Tyndale ...

February 20, 6AM

Doering on 'Paul and Ancient Jewish Letter Writing'Justin Mihoc at RBECS provides a helpful summary of Doering's presentation at Durham on 29.11.2010. Broadly focusing on form and content.

February 15, 5AM

Olson on Embedded Letters in JosephusRyan S. Olson, Tragedy, Authority, and Trickery: The Poetics of Embedded Letters in Josephus. Hellenic Studies 42. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2010.Helpful review ...

November 1, 5AM

Durham Conference on Letters and Communities (July 2011)Configuring Communities: The Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography An international conference, jointly organised by the departments of Classics & Ancient History and Th...

October 20, 9AM

Symposium in Sydney on Epistolary ConversationsLetters are among our most important types of sources for understanding ancient societies, and one that can seem to offer a rare immediacy, catching individuals dealing with specific issues of business or fri...

September 30, 4AM

Letter Carriers in the Correspondence of CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC) was not only a great rhetorician he was also a great letter writer (general orientation and on-line literature). He wrote so many letters (more than 800), and refers so ...

September 15, 2AM

Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c. 345-402 CE) was a Roman senator and orator, and a leading pagan critic of Christian emperors (see further in Wikipedia). He was also a noted letter writer, and after his death a collection of around 900 of his letters was ed...

August 13, 4AM

Christian Askeland, over at ETC, drew my attention to this classic post-card (from A.G. Grenfell to his brother, B.P. Grenfell who was leaving to collect papyri at Oxyrhynchus [image from the Oxy web site]):It is a good example of a letter where we have t...

July 21, 7AM

Co-authors as letter carriers?William G. Doty thought that the mention of co-workers as co-authors (at the outset of a Pauline letter) had a two-fold reason: ‘first, he wanted to establish that what he wrote derived not from his own fantasy but from the...

June 28, 6AM

Paul's Letters as official letters.It is interesting that Chapa (see previous post) supports Stirewalt's view, that Paul's letters were 'official letters in a loose sense' (pp. 651-2). He makes a number of points on this:although occasional, Paul's letter...

June 25, 2AM

J. Chapa, ‘The Living Letters of Paul’ The Incarnate Word 2.7 (2009), 643-678.This is an interesting general study, reflecting papyrological background and manuscript transmission. Definitely worth reading - you can download the entire issue from the ...

June 24, 1AM

There are clearly many points of interest raised in the previous cited letter (II AD). Three in particular concern interesting aspects of epistolary communication:a) The letter is addressed to Ptolemaios' mother and sister (who it is clear have sent other...

June 23, 5AM

An interesting letter (P. Haun 14-15 + P. Mich 679; ET from APIS here)Sarapis! You, whoever you are, who are reading the letter, make a small effort and translate to the women what is written in this letter and tell them.Ptolemaios to his mother Zosime an...