Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Free Brill Book: The Principal Pauline Epistles: A Collation of Old Latin Evidence

A new publication in the esteemed series New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents (Brill) has been published:  The Principal Pauline Epistles: A Collation of Old Latin Evidence, edited by H.A.G. Houghton, C.M. Kreinecker, R.M. MacLachlan, and C.J. Smith. 

The book is a verse-by-verse collation of Old Latin manuscripts, the lemmata of early Latin commentaries and testimonia extracts in Romans, 1–2 Corinthians and Galatians.
This is the final output from the ERC-funded COMPAUL project and therefore an open access title which may be downloaded for free here
The transcriptions underlying the collation are publically available at

Here is a short extract from the Preface to give you the background and scope of the volume:
In 2011, a European Research Council Starting Grant enabled Hugh Houghton to assemble a team at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) in the University of Birmingham to investigate the earliest commentaries on Paul as sources for the biblical text (the COMPAUL project). In order to assist with analysis of the numerous early Latin expositions, full electronic transcriptions were produced of the four principal Pauline Epistles in three types of material:
  1. Manuscripts identified as having an Old Latin affiliation;
  2. Existing scholarly reconstructions of the Pauline text of individual early Latin commentators;
  3. Early collections of biblical testimonia.
These were then automatically collated to provide a representative sample of early Latin readings which might be reflected in commentaries and their textual tradition. Although the publication of this data was not part of the original plan for the COMPAUL project, it soon became evident that—until the appearance of the corresponding volumes of the Vetus Latina edition—making this material more widely available would be of service to scholars in a variety of fields.

1 comment

  1. Having only recently finished reading though H.A.G. Houghton's _The Latin New Testament_, I'm quite ecstatic that this has been completed, and released for free!

    Now, if only more Projects did the same...