Wednesday, December 20, 2023

SCIO’s Workshop Logos 2024


 SCIO's annual textual and Biblical studies' workshop Logos 2024 is now open for applications.

Logos is designed to equip graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the fields of textual studies, Biblical studies, or a related discipline with the linguistic, textual, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in academia. The workshop also explores themes of public memory and Christian vocation.


Logos will be held in Washington DC from May 29 – June 12, 2024. Participants receive a generous stipend, and all costs will be paid for. For more information and application form, see SCIO´s homepage.






Friday, December 15, 2023

1602 Bishops’ Bible used by King James translators now online


Recently, I learned from Tim Berg that the 1602 Bishops’ Bible believed to have the handwritten edits of the KJV translators has been fully digitized and put online by the Bodleian Library. (It has also been recatalogued from BL Bib. Eng. 1602 b.1 to Arch. A b. 18.) I have added a link to it on my page of historic English Bibles online.

This is very good news as this may be one of, if not the, most important sources we have for understanding the translators’ work. This particular copy has consistent edits throughout the Old Testament, the Synoptics, and some chapters in John. 

Besides marking where they wanted to change the Bishops’ text, there are also notations marking the source of some of those edits as the Geneva Bible among others. This copy also provides insight into the translators textual decisions. 

But for that, and much else, you’ll have to read Tim Berg’s excellent article at the Text & Canon Institute: “A Newly Digitized Bible Reveals the Origins of the King James Version.”


Thursday, December 14, 2023

20% Discount on Gentry Festschrift


The latest Text & Canon Institute newsletter went out yesterday and some of you may be interested in a 20% discount code we included for the new Festschrift for Peter Gentry

Publisher's description

This Festschrift honors the life and work of Peter J. Gentry on the occasion of his retirement (2021) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after 22 years of faithful service. The volume includes two personal reflections by family members and a close friend, followed by nineteen essays written by an international assemblage of scholars, all of whom admire the work of Gentry, and some of whom were his own doctoral students. These essays cover several of the academic fields with which Peter Gentry’s own research and writing intersect: biblical languages and linguistics, and the translation, transmission, and reception of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity.

Table of contents

Oxford Summer School in Greek Palaeography


 Highly Recommended

The ninth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 29 July - 3 August 2024. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, three library visits and four thematic lectures. The school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek palaeography and codicology. Applications and references must be received not later than 31 January 2024.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Kirsopp Lake Hits the Mainstream


This is too good not to share. I do not know the context of this, but it's from an episode of the popular U.S. sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

New ICC Volume on 1 Peter


I don't know if anyone's seen a copy of the new ICC volume on 1 Peter by Travis B. Williams and David G. Horrell. I haven't, but I know its expected to be a major contribution. What caught my attention in a recent review was this comment:

The introduction alone is monograph-length and exhaustive on its covered topics (1:1–297). From the beginning, the scholarly value of this commentary is apparent. Williams and Horrell first survey cutting-edge text criticism to establish their method for determining the text of 1 Peter for their commentary (1:2–20). They adopt the recent Coherent-Based Genealogical Method (CGBM) of text criticism, and they critically engage the Editio Critica Maior (based on the CGBM), which distinguishes this 1 Peter commentary from others. Indeed, one of the many strengths of this commentary is its lengthy discussion of text critical matters in each text unit of 1 Peter. This commentary is the most thorough resource for people conducting text criticism of 1 Peter to consult.

I generally find textual comments in commentaries disappointing and redundant if one has read Metzger's commentary. But this sounds like it could be a genuine and welcome exception. Anyway, if anyone has put eyes on it and has thoughts, I'd be happy to hear what you think of its text criticism.