Saturday, April 02, 2016

New articles and reviews in NovT and the TC Journal

In the new issue of Novum Testamentum 58.2 (2016), one article and one review has been published:

Peter Malik, "Another Look at P.IFAO II 31 (𝔓98)" (pp.: 204–217)

Tommy Wasserman, Review of Texts and Traditions. Essays in Honour of J. Keith Elliott, edited by P. Doble and J. Kloha (pp.: 219–226).

Two articles and three reviews has appeared in the first installation of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism vol 21 (2016):
Gregory R. Lanier, A Case for the Assimilation of Matthew 21:44 to the Lukan “Crushing Stone” (20:18), with Special Reference to 𝕻104
Abstract: Modern critical editions enclose Matt 21:44 in brackets due to lingering questions about whether the major witnesses have preserved an early scribal assimilation to Luke 20:18, as it is not present in many Western witnesses. Due to the challenge posed by papyrus discoveries to such “Western noninterpolations” in recent decades, many scholars now tend to favor the authenticity of this verse in Matthew and reject the assimilation hypothesis along with most other shorter Western readings. This particular text, however, has rarely been studied thoroughly, and recent treatments have not fully dealt with the implications of the second-century fragment 𝕻104 (P.Oxy. XLIV 4404), which appears to lack the verse. This article presents a comprehensive study of the text’s external and internal evidence and argues that it is best explained as an early scribal assimilation by (1) providing a detailed transcription of the papyrus that corrects errors in prior versions, (2) presenting new quantitative data on assimilation tendencies among major witnesses, and (3) responding to the internal arguments for the longer reading.
Aron Pinker, A New Attempt to Interpret Job 30:24
Abstract: Job 30:24 is a notorious crux interpretum. Understandings of this verse which are typically offered cannot be anchored in the text and appear to be too simplistic for the Jobian context. If it is recognized that a scribal confusion might have occurred because of the possible ligature הנ = ות a cogent text can be obtained, which can be paraphrased: “God would not destroy completely (cause the death of) a person, if that person sees in such calamity his deliverance.” This deep insight serves as the logical foundation for the concluding “protestation of innocence” in Chapter 30. Job, who has been ruined and who sees in death his salvation, must be considered a man of fortitude, integrity, and honesty and his words unquestionably believable and acceptable. His drive for restitution, according to the Doctrine of Retribution, should be heard.
H. A. G. Houghton (ed.), Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament: Papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. (Chris S. Stevens, reviewer)
Emanuel Tov, The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research (3rd edition; Jamin Hübner, reviewer)
Otto Zwierlein, Petrus und Paulus in Jerusalem und Rom. Vom Neuen Testament zu den apokryphen Apostelakten (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)


  1. Shout out to Greg Lanier who was in Cambridge and is now teaching at RTS Orlando.


  3. Thanks, Peter. Missing Cambridge but enjoying Orlando.