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Edited by David G.K. Taylor
(Texts and Studies 1)


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Eleven papers from the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, examining aspects of the Textus Receptus, the ‘Pre-Johannine Text’ of the Gospel, the ratings system in the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament and the application of probability theory to textual transmission, as well as surveys of non-continuous papyrus witnesses to the New Testament and the Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony, alongside studies of variation in the form of the Beatitudes and the location of Emmaus.+The less-discussed character in the Bible is the woman: two talking animals therein have sometimes received more page space. This volume shines the light of close scrutiny in the less-trodden direction and focuses on biblical and allied women, or on the feminine side of Creation. Biblical women are compared to mythical characters from the wider Middle East or from contemporary literature, and feminist/womanist perspectives are discussed alongside traditional and theological perspectives.Save $36.75
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Studies in the Early Text of the Gospels and Acts
Edited by David G.K. Taylor
(Texts and Studies 1)

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Title:Studies in the Early Text of the Gospels and Acts
Subtitle:The Papers of the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
Series:Texts and Studies 1
Subseries:Third Series 
Availability:In Print
Publisher:Gorgias Press

Edited by David Taylor
Availability:In Print
Publication Date:10/2013
From the 1999 edition
Format:Hardback, Black, 6 x 9 in

This first volume of Texts and Studies, Third Series gathers eleven papers from the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, held in 1997. The internationally-renowned contributors consider questions of history and methodology in the discipline as well as investigating individual points of textual interest. Topics related to editorial technique include examinations of aspects of the Textus Receptus, the ‘Pre-Johannine Text’ of the Gospel, the ratings system in the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament and the application of probability theory to textual transmission. There are thorough surveys of non-continuous papyrus witnesses to the New Testament and the Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony, alongside studies of variation in the form of the Beatitudes and the location of Emmaus.

Since the first publication of this volume in 1999, several of the papers have gone on to be widely cited in scholarly literature. As a whole, this book represents an interesting summary of the state of the art in a discipline which has undergone significant development in recent years. Following the demise of the original publisher, the University of Birmingham Press, this Gorgias Press edition makes the inaugural volume available once again at the head of its Texts and Studies series.

D.G.K. Taylor is University Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac and Fellow of Wolfson College in Oxford. Prior to that, he was on the staff of the Theology Department in the University of Birmingham. He has published widely in Syriac Studies and is Series editor of the Library of the Christian East, as well as one of the founding editors of Texts and Studies, Third Series.

Table of Contents
  • Contents (page 5)
  • Foreword by D.C. Parker (page 7)
  • Abbreviations (page 10)
  • Part one: Studies (page 15)
    • The Oxford Debate on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, Held at New College on May 6, 1897: An End, Not a Beginning, for the Textus Receptus by J.L. North (page 17)
    • Beyond the Interlude? Developments and Directions in New Testament Textual Criticism by L.W. Hurtado (page 42)
      • I. Renewed Interest and Activity (page 43)
      • II. Work that Points Ahead (page 49)
        • 1. Thorough Examination of Important Witness (page 50)
        • 2. Better Knowledge of Scribal Habits (page 52)
        • 3. The Crucial Second Century (page 53)
        • 4. Wider Historical Inquiry (page 59)
        • 5. Computerisation (page 62)
      • Conclution (page 64)
    • The Syriac Evidence for the 'Pre-Johannine Text' of the Gospel: A Study in Method by J.W. Childers (page 65)
      • Introduction (page 65)
      • Boismard's Contribution to Our Knowledge of HJn (page 67)
      • Critique of Boismard's Use of the Syriac (page 69)
      • The General Textual Affiliation of the Syriac HJn (page 77)
      • Boismard's Theory about the Multi-Stage Development of the Syriac Text (page 80)
        • A. Boismard's Position (page 80)
        • B. External Syriac Evidence and the Date of the Translation (page 83)
        • C. Internal Syriac Evidence (page 85)
          • 1. The Dislocated Paragraph in Homily 16 (page 85)
            • a) The Greek and Syriac Text (page 85)
            • b) The Distinct Text and thir Interrelationships (page 89)
            • c) The Translation Style of the Dislocated Paragraph (page 92)
          • 2. Old Syriac Citation and the 'First' Translation (page 96)
      • Conclusions (page 98)
    • The Construction of Biblical Certainty: Textual Optimism and the United Bible Societies Greek New Testament by K.D. Clarke and K. Bales (page 102)
      • 1. A Brief History of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (page 102)
      • 2. A Numerical Survey of the USB Letter-Ratings (page 104)
      • 3. Variants that have been Newly Added or Dropped Out of the USB (page 106)
      • 4. The United Bible Societies' Explanation for the Letter-Rating Upgrades (page 107)
      • 5. Conclusion (page 108)
    • Using Probability Theory as a Key to Unlock Textual History by G.P. Farthing (page 110)
      • Orientation (page 110)
        • Unique Irreversible Changes (page 111)
        • Non-Unique Reversible Changes (page 113)
      • Possibility and Probability (page 117)
        • A Reminder of Simple Probability Theory (page 118)
        • Copying Described as a System of Probabilities (page 119)
      • Distinguishing Possible Stemmata by Frequency of Manuscript Combinations (page 124)
        • An Example Using Real Data (page 126)
  • Part two: Texts (page 135)
    • The Significance of Non-Continuous New Testament Textual Materials in Papyri by S.R. Pickering (page 137)
      • Classification According to Writing Material (page 137)
      • Classification According to Content (page 138)
      • The Catalogue of van Haelst; the Repetorium of the Minister Insititut (page 139)
      • A Neglected Body of Evidence (page 140)
      • The Value of the Evidence (page 140)
      • Collecting, Presenting, and Evaluating the Non-Continuous Evidence (page 145)
      • Textual and Historical Contrbution of the Non-Continuous Materials on Papyrus (page 154)
      • Conclusion (page 155)
      • Appendix (page 157)
    • The Relevance of Literary Criticism for the Text of the New Testament. A Study of Mark's Traditions on John the Baptist by E. Guting (page 158)
      • 2. Glosses in Mark 1:2-3 (page 162)
        • 2.1 Textual Evidence (page 162)
        • 2.2 Lachmann's Critique of the Traditional Insertion of vv. 2 and 3 into the Text of Mark (page 168)
        • 2.3 The Syntax of the First Sentence of Mark's Gospel (page 170)
        • 2.4 The Source of the Secondary Quotatons in Mark 1:2f (page 176)
        • 2.5 Final Control: A Gloss Impairs Mark's Narrative Design (page 179)
      • Summary (page 182)
    • The Beatitudes of 'The Mourning' and 'The Weeping': Matthew 5:4 and Luke 6:21B by T. Baarda (page 184)
      • 1. Introduction (page 184)
      • I. Luke 6:21b: Its Place and Form in Tatians Harmony (page 185)
      • A. The Eastern Diatessaron (page 185)
      • 2. The last reconstruction (page 185)
      • 3. The earliest reconstruction (page 187)
      • 4. The hypothesis of Plooij, 1923 (page 188)
      • 5. The contribution of Aphrahat (page 189)
      • 6. The reconstruction of Leloir 1962 (page 190)
      • 8. A riddle in the Syriac text of Ephraem (page 192)
      • 7. The newly found Syriac text (page 191)
      • 9. The place of Mt 5:4 and Lk 6:21b (page 193)
      • 10. The form of Lk 6:21b in the Syriac Diatessaron (page 194)
      • B The Western Diatessaron (page 196)
      • 11. Introduction (page 196)
      • 12. The Latin and Italian Diatessaron (page 197)
      • 13. The Middle Dutch and Middle German Harmonies (page 197)
      • 14. Further proof in the Old High German? (page 199)
      • 15. Conclustion (page 200)
      • II. Matthew 5:4: Its Form in the Diatessaron (page 200)
      • 16. The allusion of Aphrahat (page 200)
      • 17. The text in the Evangelion da-Mepharreshe (page 201)
      • 18. Reappraisal of the allusion of Aphrahat (page 202)
      • 19. Comparable renderings in Lk 6:25, 2:25, and 16:25 (page 203)
      • 20. Conclution (page 206)
    • The Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony by D.C. Parker, D.G.K. Taylor, and M.S. Goodacre (page 208)
      • 1. Introduction (page 208)
        • Description (page 209)
        • The History of Investigation (page 210)
        • Date, Palaeographical Comments, and Context (page 210)
        • Method of Analysis (page 215)
      • 2. Reconstruction of the Text (page 216)
        • Reconstruction of 0212 (page 216)
        • Translation of 0212 (page 217)
        • Commentary on the Reconstruction (page 217)
        • Lines 3 and 12 (page 221)
        • Lines 5-6 (page 221)
        • Lines 10-11 (page 222)
      • 3. The Nomina Sacra (page 222)
      • 4. Is 0212 a Translation from Syriac? (page 225)
        • Are there Syriacisms? (page 225)
        • Does 0212 contain readings derived from a Syriac Vorlage? (page 230)
      • 5. The Reconstruction of Tatians Text of this Passage, and a Comparison with 0212 (page 232)
      • 6. The Greek Text of the Gospels Represented by 0212 (page 241)
      • 7. Conclusions (page 244)
    • Where is Emmaus? Clues in the Text of Luke 24 in Codex Bezae by J. Read-Heimerdinger (page 245)
      • A Theological Key (page 249)
      • Conclusions (page 259)
    • La Utilizacion del Libro de Joel (JL2,28-32A LXX) en el Discurso de Pedro (HCH 2,14-21): Estudio Comparativo de dos Tradicionse Manuscritas by J. Riu-Camps (page 261)
      • 1. Encabezamiento del Discurso de Pedro (page 264)
      • 2. Primera Parte del Discurso de Pedro (page 267)
      • 3. Actualización de la Profecía de Joel (page 269)
      • Conclusiones (page 274)
      • Sinopsis (page 277)
      • Aparato Crítico (page 282)
      • English Summary (page 284)
      • Conclusions (page 286)
  • Index of Biblical Citations (page 287)
  • Index of Modern Authors (page 293)

Studies in the Early Text of the Gospels and Acts
Edited by David G.K. Taylor
(Texts and Studies 1)
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