Friday, June 09, 2006

Childers, Transmission and Reception

Just being advertised by Gorgias Press:

Jeff Childers, Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies (Texts and Studies Third Series 4; Gorgias Press, 2006)
ISBN 1-59333-367-6; $75.00.

Without a table of contents it is difficult to get much of an idea of the volume and in particular how much others have been involved in its production. The Gorgias Press publicity (here) says the following, and this could be read as suggesting that David Parker had a significant amount to do with the volume:

The sixteen studies in this volume, never before published, explore a variety of topics pertaining to the transmission and reception of the New Testament text. In the first part (Transmission), some of the world’s leading textual critics present new textual data, offer helpful critiques of current methods, and apply the fruits of their text-critical research to issues within New Testament and Early Christian studies. The second part (Reception) presents ground-breaking studies in New Testament backgrounds and language, insightful new interpretations of New Testament passages, and intriguing explorations of the reception of the New Testament within Early Christianity. Including articles by Barbara Aland, D. C. Parker, Eldon Epp, Gordon Fee, Everett Ferguson, and others, the results of these researches bear important implications for the interpretation of the New Testament and for understanding the formative impact of the New Testament text on Early Christianity. Indispensable for those interested in textual criticism, this compilation will be a welcome resource for New Testament scholars, for those interested in Early Christianity, and for students taking seminary or Graduate courses in these areas.

J. W. Childers is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. The Rev. D. C. Parker is Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism and Palaeography in the Department of Theology at the University of Birmingham, England.


  1. This volume is a yet-to-be-presented Festschrift, and may (the editors hope) still be a surprise to its intended recipient-to-be. It was edited by Childers and Parker. I've not yet seen a list of contributors.

  2. Oops. I hope the surprise hasn't been spoiled, but there's little point removing the notice now. Anyway, hopefully the honorand will be surprised when they discover that a book they knew about was dedicated to them. Perhaps the table of contents has not been displayed in order not to give the game away.

    But probably the secret is safe: I suppose that only a minority of people who receive Festschrifts read publishers' webpages or blogs.

  3. Not to worry; you are only noticing what the publisher has already been publicizing, and it is far more likely that the honorand will see the Gorgias publicity than this blog notice.

  4. Anyway, we can think it might be for me.

  5. Peter,
    I hope that if anyone organises a FS for you they'll invite me to contribute. In addition to a list of the honorand's publications in the back it should also have a list of his gags. I don't know one with do with the overlap.