Thursday, January 22, 2015

TC program unit at EABS in Cordoba 2015

A few days ago the European Association of Biblical Studies committee accepted a proposal by Theodora Panella (ITSEE, Birmingham) for a workshop with the title “Textual Criticism of the NT, the OT and the Qur’an” for the next EABS’ Annual Meeting in Cordoba (July 12th-15th). Below is a description of the program unit and a call for papers.


This workshop focuses on the textual study and criticism of sacred texts from the ancient Eastern Mediterranean world that later had a global influence. These are the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Qur’anic text. All three have similarities and differences. They have influenced other writings and at the same time have themselves undergone external influence bearing on questions of interrelationship, orality, textuality and language. Not only the abovementioned characteristics, but also their preservation and the copying as well as the proliferation of manuscripts are of particular interest to textual scholars.
Relevant topics for discussion:
  • The study of OT, NT or Qur’anic writings not only in manuscripts, but also inscribed or printed,
  • The text itself and the circumstances of its transmission
  • Types or groupings of texts
  • Reconstructions of forms of text
  • Textual Criticism and history
  • Textual Criticism and exegesis
  • Textual Criticism and theology
  • Textual Criticism and the world
At the same time, this workshop seeks to foster dialogue among researchers.

Call for Papers

We welcome paper proposals that focus on the above mentioned topics and related aspects.
Generally the duration of papers to be read should not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) have to be enrolled through the EABS meeting website.


There is also a call for papers for the section on "Biblical Philology in Byzantine Manuscripts"

Byzantinists and patristic scholars might take interest in the fact that in the framework of the upcoming conference of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), a session on “Biblical Philology in Byzantine Manuscripts” will be organized. The conference will take place July 12-15, 2015 in Córdoba (Spain), and the call for papers is now open. Proposals can be submitted until April 1 through

More information on the “Biblical Philology in Byzantine Manuscripts” session can be found here: http://www.eabs.netF/site/biblical-philology-in-byzantine-manuscripts/. Proposals are invited for papers dealing with the study of medieval marginal annotations to the biblical text within the Greek Christian tradition. Particularly welcome are papers highlighting possible acquaintance with Hebrew culture and exegesis on the part of Byzantine scholars, but other topics can be suggested.

For more information, please contact Mariachiara Fincati (, Barbara Crostini ( or the undersigned. Feel free to circulate this call.

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