Thursday, October 17, 2019

Two Text-Critical Dissertations

I mention here two dissertations in NTTC that have recently been brought to my attention. The first is by Bart Kamphuis and was completed at VU Amersterdam and has now been published as volume 56 in the NTTS sereis.
Against All Authorities: The New Testament Conjectural Criticism of Jan Hendrik Holwerda (1805–1886)

Jan Hendrik Holwerda (1805–1886) was at the basis of the Dutch Movement of New Testament Conjectural Criticism in the second half of the nineteenth century. The present study explains how Holwerda’s NT conjectural criticism should be understood. This is done from three different angles: chapter 2 sketches the Sitz im Leben of Holwerda’s criticism; chapter 3 discusses its theoretical aspects; and chapter 4 analyses the conjectures themselves, frequently positioning them in the context of the scholarly engagement with the passages throughout history.
The second was just defended successfully this week by Ryan Giffin and is on a very interesting and potentially significant variant.
The Justification Clause of Phil 3:12: A Textual, Transcriptional, and Exegetical Analysis

Successfully defended at Asbury Theological Seminary this past Monday, October 14th, 2019. Supervisor: Dr. Fredrick J. Long, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary Internal Reader: Dr. Joseph R. Dongell, Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of Greek Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary Examiner: Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Research Professor of New Testament Studies and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Please note that I have not read either dissertation myself given my current Sitz im Leben. But Bart begins his thesis with a quote from Tregelles, so it must be. Congrats to both gentlemen!

If you know of others, let me know.

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