Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Relaunch of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism

Today, just now, something big has happened: The journal TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism has been relaunched.

About TC

TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (ISSN 1089-7747) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts. TC is an online publication of the SBL and is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Users are permitted to download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all TC articles. Articles may not be reproduced without permission.

TC publishes full-length scholarly articles, shorter notes, project reports, and reviews of works in the field of biblical textual criticism. Articles on any aspect of the textual criticism of the Jewish and Christian scriptures (including extracanonical and related literature) are welcome, and contributions that transcend the traditional boundary between Hebrew Bible and New Testament textual criticism are especially encouraged. We also invite articles discussing the relationship between textual criticism and other disciplines.

TC uses a "Permanent URL" so that readers will always be able to find it regardless of which server is the current host. Please use the following PURL when linking to TC and its contents:

Submissions should conform to the SBL Handbook of Style or the Chicago Manual of Style in cases where the former does not provide guidance. Articles may be submitted in any standard file format and should use Unicode for those ancient scripts covered by the Unicode Standard. Accepted articles are subjected to a peer-review process before publication. Articles are normally published in Portable Document Format (PDF) but may be published as HTML in some cases. Please direct all submissions to the following email address:

editors at jbtc dot org

Book Reviews

One goal of TC is to provide informative and timely reviews of books in the field of biblical textual criticism. Anyone who would like to submit a book for review or to volunteer as a reviewer may contact the TC book review editors here:

reviews at jbtc dot org


General Editor
Jan Krans is a member of the Faculty of Theology at VU University Amsterdam. His research interests include the history of interpretation, and New Testament textual criticism. He wrote a PhD dissertation on the differing approaches of Erasmus and Beza to conjectural emendation of the biblical text.

Assistant Editor
Tommy Wasserman is Academic Dean and Lecturer in New Testament at Örebro School of Theology in Sweden. He wrote a PhD dissertation on the text and transmission of the Epistle of Jude.

Book Review Editor
Thomas J. Kraus is a private scholar. His main research interests are, among other things, early Christian manuscripts, the issue of (il)literacy in late Antiquity, the Septuagint Psalms, and everything about book culture in Antiquity. He wrote a PhD dissertation on the language and style of Second Peter.

Assistant Book Review Editor
Heike Braun is a research associate at the University of Regensburg. She wrote a PhD dissertation on the history of the people of God and Christian identity.

Technical Editor
Tim Finney is a computer programmer and New Testament textual researcher. He wrote a PhD dissertation on the Ancient Witnesses of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Editorial Board

* James R. Adair Jr, University of Texas at San Antonio
* Johann Cook, University of Stellenbosch
* Claude E. Cox, McMaster Divinity College
* Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska
* Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
* Leonard J. Greenspoon, Creighton University
* Peter M. Head, University of Cambridge
* Michael W. Holmes, Bethel College
* L. W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
* Arie van der Kooij, Universiteit Leiden
* Johan Lust, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
* Tobias Nicklas, Universität Regensburg
* Melvin K. H. Peters, Duke University
* Klaus Wachtel, Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung

TC was founded by James R. Adair Jr in 1996, only three years after the advent of the World Wide Web. Dr Adair continued to serve as General Editor until 2009.

On the Amsterdam NT weblog, chief editor Jan Krans presents the current issue - vol. 15 (2010) - and our plans for the future.


  1. Great, of course ... but does this really warrant all the fan-fare? Seriously?

  2. "TC. . . is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts."

    I'm trying to read some meaning into this distinction between Jewish biblical texts and Christian biblical texts.

    Jewish biblical texts, I suppose, would include b'rishit through davari ha yamim B. Christian biblical texts, then, would run from KATA MATQAION through APOKALUYIS IWANNOU. But what do we do with ESDRAS A through PROSEUCH MANASSH--are they Jewish or Christian?

    If we define "biblical" as, at the most, encompassing the Jewish (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reformed) and Christian (Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) canons, the phrase appears to be a tautology, as all of the Jewish canon is contained within the Christian canon.

    It would appear that what this phrase refers to are the Hebrew and Aramaic texts of the Jewish canon, on the one hand, and the Greek texts of the Protestant canon, on the other. For, if we aren't to limit the Christian texts just to the Greek language, why limit them to any language? There are Christian biblical texts in Swahili and Zapotec--and even English.

  3. Pete,

    A scientific publication devoted to biblical textual criticicm. Does it deserve a long and loud fan-fare on a blog devoted to evangelical textual criticism?

    Does this journal, reminiscent of the dead bones in Ezekiel, need all the encouragement we can give?

    Above all, do we need something to be happy about in this dark, cold, and particularly in Britain, snowy time?

    And, by the way, some excitement and PR does not hurt. This blog, by the way, has not had so many visitors for a long time, as we had today at launch time; probably not since our coverage of the olympic racewalking in Beijing.

  4. If I remember correctly, Dr. Head is member of the editorial board of said journal. Perhaps he wants to submit an article or two, on marginal dots for instance?

  5. This is good news. Maybe I submit my next article to you :)

  6. Don't worry, I am a supporter of this journal - some articles, some reviews (I think), and on the editorial board. I regret its decline and support its relaunch.

  7. One of the great things about TC journal in its heyday was the accompanying TC-List discussion group.

  8. I am glad to see the fanfare! The journal needs it desperately.