Evangelical Textual Criticism

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Differences between early Nestle editions of the NT?

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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 decision. Then for the third edition (1901) he discarded Weymouth and instead used B. Weiss (1894-1900) for the casting vote.

Presumably that required some changes in the printed text, although it is said that these were limited to ‘only the most important alterations’ until the thirteenth edition (1927), where Nestle finally reviewed the text to make it fully confirm to the majority principle.

This narrative (based on Aland and Aland, The Text of the New Testament, 19f) suggests that the text of Nestle must have had three different forms reflecting these three editions with revisions. But in a footnote the Alands also say: ‘the old plates of the 1898 edition remained in use for the Nestle text even through the twenty-fifth edition’ (p. 20 note 46). So can anyone who knows about all this enlighten me a bit further?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Summer School Options

1. Summer School in Textual Criticism
The 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 improve and deepen their knowledge in the field of Textual Criticism, with particular attention to more recent developments.
For further information and application form see our website: http://www.stum.unife.it/summer-school-2015 or contact the Director of the Summer School: Professor Paolo Trovato, Department of Humanities, University of Ferrara, Italy, email:trp@unife.it

2. International Summer School "The Coptic Bible and Coptic Literature in the Digital Age," Göttingen-Hamburg, July 20 – August 1, 2015.
The summer school is organised by the Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie, University of Göttingen and the Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari, Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg.
3. manuSciences '15 a Franco-German summerschool in manuscript studies combining perspectives from philology, materials sciences, computer sciences and digital humanities. 
SCOPE: The aim of the summer school is to illustrate the interdisciplinary approaches to manuscript studies combining lectures in history and philology with non-textual information from materials analysis, imaging techniques, digital humanities and computer science.
Lectures will be complemented with practical courses in small groups on mobile instruments (e.g. x-ray fluorescence XRF, multispectral imaging MSI, and Reflectance Transformation Imaging RTI) and on computer programs.
WHEN: 6-12 september 2015,
WHERE: on the beautiful island Frauenwörth D-83256 Frauenchiemsee (Germany) - www.frauenwoerth.de
PARTICIPANTS: Up to 40 (max.) M.A. or Ph.D. students, researchers and university lecturers from all countries are welcome. Active participation and contribution is expected (including posters). The school language will be English. Participating masters students may obtain ECTS credit points from FU Berlin, Fachbereich Physik. Participants interested in this option should indicate so in their application.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT (e.g. for lodging and food) can be granted based on the application (letter of recommendation, CV). Please specify when applying. We expect to be able to financially support a large number of participants.

Deadline for application: May 26, 2015

For details see http://humanum.ephe.fr/en/manusciences-15
or https://www.academia.edu/11836976/manuSciences_15_-_Franco-German_Summerschool_on_manuscripts_materials_sciences_computer_science_and_digital_humanities

4. Sommerkurs Handschriftenkultur - Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung

Alfried Krupp-Sommerkurse für Handschriftenkultur an der UBL

Seit 2011 wird an der UBL einmal pro Jahr ein Sommerkurs zur Handschriftenkultur angeboten. Das Sommerkurs-Programm wird ermöglicht durch die großzügige Unterstützung der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung und ist zunächst auf fünf Jahre angelegt.
Ziel der Leipziger Sommerkurse ist es, Fortbildungsmöglichkeiten für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs im Bereich der Arbeit mit handschriftlichen Quellen anzubieten und Kompetenzen für die handschriftengestützte Forschung zu vermitteln. Die einwöchigen Kurse bestehen aus Lehreinheiten und praktischen Übungen an handschriftlichen Originalen. International renommierte Expertinnen und Experten unterstützen das wissenschaftliche Personal der UBL bei der Durchführung der Kurse.
Die einzelnen Kurse decken dabei unterschiedliche Fachgebiete der Handschriftenkunde ab und kor­res­pon­die­ren so mit der Breite der historischen Bestände der UBL. Das Sommerkursprogramm umfasst Veranstaltungen zu antiken, mittelalterlichen, neuzeitlichen und orientalischen Handschriften. Aufgrund der großen Nachfrage nach Angeboten zur mittelalterlichen Handschriftenkunde ist geplant, Mittelalterkurse im zweijährigen Turnus anzubieten.
Zum Konzept der Leipziger Sommerkurse gehört es, die Teilnahme von finanziellen Barrieren freizuhalten, um so offen für alle besonders qualifizierten Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern sein zu können. Dank der Förderung durch die Krupp-Stiftung werden daher in der Regel alle Fahrt-, Unterkunfts- und Teilnahmekosten übernommen.

Fünfter Alfried Krupp-Sommerkurs für Handschriftenkultur an der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

„Einführung in die Handschriftenkultur des Mittelalters“ vom 13. bis 19. September 2015. Das Kursprogramm und die Lehrenden können Sie der Ausschreibung entnehmen.
Ausschreibung „Einführung in die Handschriftenkultur des Mittelalters“ [PDF – 781 kB]
Leitung und Ansprechpartner: Dr. Christoph Mackert

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rebinding news

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).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Housekeeping note

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 quite a few of us):
  • here is something interesting I thought/observed/noticed/made up/found on Wikipedia
  • here is an article/book/video that I wrote/read/found on the internet
  • here is a book review I wrote 
  • here is something I heard about and wanted some help in thinking through
  • here is a summary and a couple of critical comments on a recent journal article
  • here is a photo and discussion of one of my favourite books, something interesting in my personal library
  • here is a different blog discussing something interesting/wrong/stupid/correct on textual criticism
  • here is a footnote on some point of textual criticism
  • here is a bibliography I used for a lecture the other day - helpful to everyone and you may get some suggestions
  • here is a picture of my cat, Bible, lecture notes, favourite manuscript
  • here is another reason to prefer the longer/shorter reading at Mark 1.1
  • here is a video of my lecture to three hundred students
  • here is how I learnt to do that cross-out thingy with letters
  • here is a Taylor Swift song that is relevant to textual criticism
  • here is a picture of Australia beating England at cricket (perhaps better to save that for a more unusual event, like four text critics playing croquet or something)
  • here is a definition of “evangelical” for use by evangelical textual critics
  • here is a definition of “textual” for use by evangelical textual critics
  • here is a definition of “criticism” for use by evangelical textual critics
  • here is a definition of the word “is”
  • here is something of genuine comedic value which is more likely to make you laugh than cry
  • here is something you can only do with a computer that is of interest to textual criticism
  • here is something you can only do without a computer that is of interest to textual criticism
  • here is something about the Old Testament
  • etc.
Space them out - not all at once (you can schedule posts into the future, kind of spooky I know)

Just a note that there are around one hundred posts for this blog that are still in the “draft” state. You may well have some treasures hidden away in there. I have done a little bit of checking some of the ones under my name and either up-dating them for posting or deleting them. In a month or two I will probably do a more ruthless cull. Be warned. I can’t stand untidiness in any form.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Bibliography of Greek New Testament Manuscripts (3d ed.)

The third edition of A Bibliography of Greek New Testament Manuscripts by J. Keith Elliott, with the assistance of the Institut romand des sciences bibliques (IRSB) Université de Lausanne, has been published by Brill. This is a must-have tool.

ISBN13: 9789004289239

E-ISBN: 9789004289680

Format: Hardback

Price: €115 / $149
Publisher's description

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dirty manuscripts

Two interesting links to discussions of dirty manuscripts.

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 inclined to regard dirt as an unwanted addition to the medieval book – which is an object that should be spotless, after all – the bits and pieces shown here act as historical clues that shed light on how a book was produced or used. There is an interesting parallel to be drawn with the concept of “damage”. This, too, is often seen as a flaw when encountered in a precious medieval book, while, in fact, it may offer crucial information about how the object was used (see this post). Dirt is an intrinsic part of the historical artefact that is the medieval book and deserves to be studied as such.
It is exciting to find a scribal fingerprint - it always evokes in me a sense of connection. I found a really good one last year in the Codex Climaci Rescriptus. To this list I would add wax which is often found in biblical and liturgical manuscripts and can reveal patterns of usage (and I seem to recall it is mentioned negatively in a monastic rule), see some good examples here; as well as glue, which is often found on small fragments re-used in bindings (cf. e.g. here).

Dr. Brice Jones discusses a piece of papyrus featuring “brown lumps of organic material” (a bit of Homer’s Illiad: P. Oxy 4633): “Toilet Papyrus”: A Papyrus of Homer Used as Toilet Paper

For more background: AnneMarie Luijendijk, ‘Sacred Scriptures as Trash: Biblical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus’” Vigiliae Christianae 64 (2010), 217-254.