Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Articles in New Testament Studies vol. 55 (2009)

In the latest volume of New Testament Studies 55/3 (2009) there are two articles of particular interest for text-critics, one related to OT, another to NT:

"The Text Form of the OT Citations in Hebrews Chapter 1 and the Implications for the Study of the Septuagint" by Susan Docherty, pp 355-365.

This paper offers a detailed investigation of the LXX texts underlying the seven OT citations in Hebrews chapter 1, taking account of significant twentieth-century manuscript discoveries and recent developments in the field of Septuagintal Studies. The findings are then related to the study of the use of the OT in the NT more generally, and to some important current issues in the study of the LXX, such as the value of Lucianic readings. This investigation supports the growing consensus that the author of Hebrews reproduced his scriptural citations faithfully, so that the burden of proof should now rest with those who argue for a deliberate alteration of his source.


"Manuscripts Cited by Stephanus" by J. K. Elliott, pp 390-395.

The third edition of Stephanus' Greek New Testament (ΤΗC ΚΑΙΝΗC ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗC ΑΠΑΝΤΑ: Paris, 1550), known as the editio regia, is held in high regard in English Protestantism. It was this text which underlay the English translation (by W. Whittingham and others) published in Geneva in 1557 that greatly influenced the Geneva Bible published three years later. In effect, Stephanus' edition was the Textus Receptus of the Greek New Testament for over three hundred years.

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  1. As she announces in a footnote, a larger commentary on this issue has been published: "For a fuller study of the exegesis of the OT citations in Hebrews, see S. Docherty, "The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews: A Case Study in Early Jewish Bible Interpretation" (WUNT 260, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2009".