Thursday, May 20, 2021

Free Book (Open Access): Georgi Parpulov’s new catalogue of catena manuscripts

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This is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while.

Georgi R. Parpulov’s new book, Catena Manuscripts of the Greek New Testament: A Catalogue Texts and Studies, Third Series (Piscataway, NJ; Gorgias, 2021) is open access and has been published. The publisher’s page for the book is here, but a FREE pdf of it is available here.

I haven’t read the book in full yet, but I have been able to look at one place. I’ve had a very casual and low-priority interest in Niketas of Herakleia’s Catena in Lucam for a few years now because of one of the sources Niketas used, and when I checked the group of manuscripts I had been looking at (pp. 122–123), Parpulov lists two additional manuscripts that are members of that group that I didn't previously know about.

If you’re not familiar with Parpulov, you should be. When I see his name on the schedule of conference presentations, I usually just plan to drop whatever else I’m doing to go hear him.

As a bonus: here is another one of Parpulov’s publications that is also free: “Kr in the Gospels”, which is a must-read for anyone interested in Family 35.

Congrats, Georgi!

6 comments

  1. This is outstanding. Parpulov has also re-checked the dating of each manuscript, proposing dates that sometimes differs from what is shown on the Liste.

    I also notice that he references some GA numbers that apparently are forthcoming? The Liste currently goes through GA-2966, but Parpulov lists Theophylact mss GA-2976, GA-2977, GA-2979, GA-2983, GA-2984, GA-2988, GA-2989, GA-2995, GA-2997, and GA-2998.

    My guess is that Greg Paulson has issued these numbers for this publication, but has not yet updated the published Liste.

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    1. That's right, Darrell. The new GA numbers will appear soon on the NTVMR.

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  2. Just to let you all know that the online database created in conjunction with this catalogue has now been released at http://purl.org/itsee/catena-catalogue.

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  3. I am curious as to why GA-882 was left out...a 10th century Chrysostom homilies ms with Scripture text. Not mentioned in the list of single-author Chrysostom manuscripts.

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  4. I was also curious as to the decision described in the footnote on page 3: "Manuscripts with commentary on Revelation are only included in this catalogue if they also contain other New Testament books."

    I believe there several stand-alone Revelation manuscripts with commentary in the GA numbering between 2014 and 2091, and otherwise there cannot be too many. Its unfortunate these were not able to be included.

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