Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Two New Titles in the ANTF Series

Two new titles are announced by De Gruyter as forthcoming this year in the series Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung (ISSN 0570-5509) (via ITSEE).

The Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF) is responsible for the series. Besides the director of the INTF, Holger Strutwolf, David Parker of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) is co-editor of the series - yet another sign of the fruitful cooperation of these two institutes in recent years.

David C. Parker, Manuscripts, Texts, Theology. Collected Papers 1977-2007
23 x 15.5 cm. Approx. XII, 375 pages. Hardcover. RRP Euro [D] 99.95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 140.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-021193-1
Series: Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 40
Languages: English
Type of Publication: Collection
to be published June 2009
Also available as an eBook

About this Title
David C. Parker is one of the world’s foremost specialists in the study of the New Testament text and of Greek and Latin manuscripts. In addition to editions, monographs and more popular writings, he has published many articles on different aspects of textual criticism. This volume brings together twentyfive of them in a revised and updated version.
The collection is divided into three topics. The first deals with manuscript studies. As well as three very different studies of Codex Bezae, there are articles and reports on individual manuscripts and classes of manuscripts and reports on visits to libraries. The second section has the theme of textual criticism. It includes broader studies dealing with the theory of the discipline and more detailed discussions of particular problems, including translations into Latin, techniques for grouping Greek manuscripts, and the comparison of modern editions. The third section contains papers in which Parker has discussed the often overlooked relationship between textual criticism and theology. These studies explore particular textual problems and their wider significance, and cover topics as varied as “Jesus and Textual Criticism”, “Calvin’s Biblical Text” and “The Early Tradition of Jesus’ Sayings on Divorce”.

Louis Charles Willard, A Critical Study of the Euthalian Apparatus
23 x 15.5 cm. Approx. 200 pages. Hardcover. RRP Euro [D] 79.95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 112.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-021567-0 Series: Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 41
Languages: English
Type of Publication: Monograph
to be published September 2009
Also available as an eBook

About this Title
Manuscripts of the New Testament frequently contain, in addition to the text, supplementary information such as excerpts from the Fathers, chapter lists, quotation lists, introductions to sections, for example, the Pauline letters, and to individual books. The „Euthalian apparatus“ is the name given to one such collection of helps to the reader. Unfortunately, the relationship of the various parts, the identity of the author, the time of the writing, and the provenance remain uncertain. This work collects, summarizes, and analyzes the sometimes disparate published scholarship on the apparatus through 1970. The bibliography updates the original bibliography through 2007 and includes newly identified, earlier bibliographic references.

Postscript: In the abstract of Klaus Wachtel's upcoming SBL presentation in New Orleans he mentions "a research project at the Münster Institute for New Testament Textual Research" involving "full collations of 38 synoptic pericopes in 156 manuscripts." I have long been waiting for the publication of the results of this project, and I wonder when this fine tool will appear in the ANTF series.


  1. Parker's volume looks interesting to me (as all of his other works). I was wondering, where does he stand theologically? (maybe issues such as Jesus' resurrection, divinity, etc)

  2. Michael Burer does not consider him to be an Evangelical Textual Critic:

    "Epp unfortunately weds this emphasis to the aforementioned agnosticism of many textual critics, specifically that of David C. Parker, whose work The Living Text of the Gospels (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1997) he refers to with approbation."

    --CBMW Journal, vol 13 , No. 1