Friday, April 12, 2013

IOSCS XV Congress in Munich

The program for the IOSCS Congress in Munich has been posted here. There is a very good lineup of presentations on the LXX for this congress. On day two I will present a paper for the section on Manuscripts. I list the three papers and their abstracts below. Time permitting I will also post on other abstracts of interest.

The Significance of RA 788 for a Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job
John Meade
Abstract: RA 788 (Tyrnavos 25) is a tenth century Greek catena manuscript containing the book of Job and the three Solomonic books. Dieter and Ursula Hagedorn were not aware of it and therefore it was not included in their magisterial work Die Älteren Griechischen Katenen zum Buch Hiob or the Nachlese. Before commenting on the hexaplaric fragments, it is necessary to determine the manuscript’s place in the stemma. This paper seeks to show that 788 is a member of oldest Greek catena (Hagedorns’ Γʹ) and in particular that it is the ancestor of the important RA 250. Once its place in the manuscript stemma has been determined, the paper will comment on the significant hexaplaric fragments within the manuscript in comparison with the recent dissertations on the hexaplaric fragments of Job by Nancy Woods and John Meade.

Did Origen Use the Aristarchian Signs in the Hexapla?
Peter Gentry
Abstract: Septuagint scholars have debated for over a hundred years as to whether Origen actually used Aristarchian signs in the Fifth Column of the Hexapla or whether the signs were first inserted into a recension of the Fifth Column. A definitive answer to this question can be given by carefully fitting together data from (1) colophons, (2) geography, (3) history, (4) analysis of use of Aristarchian signs and (5) analysis of the textual history of the materials in question.

A (Preliminary) Report on the Schøyen Exodus Papyrus
Kristin De Troyer
Abstract: In this report, I will first shortly present the codicological aspects of the manuscript; then, I will give a survey of the pluses, minuses and variants of the text of the manuscript in relation to the Old Greek text; next, I will evaluate some of the possible pre-hexaplaric variants in the light of the readings of the Early Jewish Revisors and finally, I will compare and contrast the variants with the Exodus texts as found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I look forward to attending this congress and also for sticking around for the first few days of IOSOT afterwards. If you plan to be in Munich in August, I would love to hang out.


  1. Thanks John, that looks interesting.

  2. Thanks John, that looks interesting.