Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fifth Birmingham Colloquium

The Fifth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament will be held from 16-19 April 2007 on the topic: "Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies?"

We have mentioned this before on the ETC blog, but now a programme (including an interesting list of offered papers reproduced below) is available here (from where you can also find a booking form).

  • Dr Philip Burton, 'Christian Latin' or, why revisit the Sondersprache Hypothesis?
  • Dr Kent Clarke, Eclecticism, Ecclesiasticism, or Sectarianism: The Dénouement of Traditional New Testament Textual Criticism in the Light of Qumran Studies
  • Dr Richard Goode, King or God? Towards an Anthropology of Text
  • Dr Peter Head, title awaited
  • Dr Martin Heide, Some Personal and Geographic Names in the Greek New Testament: Candidates for Textual Improvement
  • Dr Wim Hendriks, Misquoting Jesus: some further questions
  • Dr Peter Hill, Never Quite Lost and not Altogether Found: Recovering readings from the Syriac Philoxenian Gospels
  • Dr Jeff Kloha, The Ethics of Sexuality and the Pauline Text
  • Dr Maria Konstantinidou, Social variation in the biblical text of Chrysostom's Homilies on Titus
  • Prof. D.C. Parker, Scribal tendencies and the mechanics of book production
  • Dr Ulrich Schmid, Scribes and variants - towards a typology/sociology of both
  • Dr Bill Warren, Do You See What I See? Certainty, Probability, Possibility, and Improbability: the Need for Criteria in Determining Scribal Motivations in Variant Readings
  • Dr Tommy Wassermann, Theological Creativity and Scribal Solutions in Jude

Hugh Houghton emailed: "If you missed the original call for papers and would like to offer a proposal, please let me know as soon as possible" (his email is also on the linked page: see 'Any questions may be addressed here'). So join the gang and offer a paper quickly.


  1. These topics indeed look promising. I won't be there but wish you all success.


  2. Thanks very much for publicising this, Peter. It's going to be a full programme, as proposals are still coming in, and we're looking forward to a fascinating meeting.

    Best wishes,

  3. This is an unrelated question, but I am a frequent reader of the blog and thought that I might get some straight answers. I am a student of Amy Anderson, and I met several of you at AAR/SBL in Washington this fall. I am working on a project idea for Amy that is fairly open-ended, possibly about the "Caesarean text type"/texts physically connected with the city of Caesarea in the book of John.

    I had a couple of questions about this that I was hoping one of you could help with. First, what is the state of current "Caesarean" scholarship? Is this idea generally not accepted by mainstream text critics?

    Second, if there is a case to be made for a Caesarean text type, what manuscripts would be associated with it in the book of John?

    I'll start with those, and ask some followup questions if needed later on.

    Thanks in advance for your help -
    Dave Mowers