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September 1, 2014 at 14:23

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The Tyndale House Greek New Testament

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01-DirkJongkind.170434The Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament (THEGNT) is a major new undertaking.

We asked Dr Dirk Jongkind (New Testament Research Fellow at Tyndale House, and Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge) a few questions about it.

Why produce a new Greek New Testament?

There are a number of Greek New Testaments available today, for example the one published by United Bible Societies and the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. We asked Dirk why Tyndale House has decided to take on such a project, and what makes the THEGNT unique?

To a large degree the project plays a role within the STEP project (Scripture Tools for Every Person), in which we make high quality scholarly tools available free of charge. To have a good, critical text under our own copyright means that we become less dependent on others.

However, we also have a scholarly reason for doing so. Both Peter Head and I have been studying the mechanics of copying New Testament manuscripts, and we are using the picture of scribal behaviour that has emerged from these studies to explain why variants came into existence. We start from the assumption that scribes did not want to change the text but did so in the process of copying. It is this angle that will set the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament apart.

We then asked Dirk what exactly ‘textual criticism’ means, since this ambitious project entails a lot of it, and how he became interested in this line of research.

Textual criticism deals with the history of texts. It asks what their original wording was, and what happened to this wording because of accidents of copying, manuscript faults, the development of language, etc. At the base of textual criticism lie the manuscripts and early translations of the New Testament, but you also need a sound understanding of the language itself.

As a young teenager I got a Greek New Testament on St Nicholas’ Eve (the Dutch equivalent of a Christmas present) and I was fascinated by all the variants and numbers at the bottom of the page, the textual apparatus. Years later, when starting to think about a topic for a PhD, Peter Head dropped a remark that no one had written recently about the Codex Sinaiticus, and in my mind everything clicked together immediately.

We asked how, in this internet age, the THEGNT will make its public appearance.

The THEGNT will be published in stages, though not in instalments. The first edition will be put out electronically and we will invite feedback from scholars and other knowledgeable people. The second edition will also contain a print element. We will put considerable emphasis in explaining why we did what we did and provide a rationale for many of our choices. We expect publication is 2016 or 2017.

Who doesn’t love a new edition of an important text?

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September 1, 2014 at 13:48

News From Michael Langlois

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ML writes

Après un superbe séjour en Martinique (avec en prime une interview radio), me voici de retour en métropole pour la rentrée !

J’ai hâte de faire connaissance avec mes nouveaux étudiants d’hébreu. D’ailleurs, c’est le moment de vous inscrire ! Vous pouvez étudier à distance, depuis chez vous, et recevoir un diplôme d’université en hébreu biblique. Et si vous aimez comme moi cette belle ville de Strasbourg, rejoignez-nous au palais universitaire pour la session intensive du 8 au 12 septembre ! ;-)

Si, à tout hasard, vous êtes au Maroc la semaine suivante, je serai à l’institut Al-Mowafaqa, à Rabat, pour y faire une initiation à l’hébreu biblique. J’interviendrai aussi dans le cadre d’un colloque international à l’occasion de l’inauguration de l’institut.

Mais peut-être avez-vous déjà étudié l’hébreu biblique ? Je vous recommande alors mon cours privé d’hébreu des manuscrits de la mer Morte en ligne, et même en direct si vous êtes devant votre écran le lundi soir. Si c’est l’araméen qui vous intéresse,mon cours privé en ligne est fait pour vous. Vous pouvez le suivre en direct (et enchaîner avec l’hébreu de Qumrân) et/ou regarder les vidéos à tout moment. Ces deux cours privés commencent le 29 septembre, écrivez-moi sans tarder pour vous inscrire !

Côté conférences, mon programme se remplit déjà, avec le Maroc en septembre, les USA en novembre, et une conférence grand public sur les manuscrits de la mer Morte à Paris en décembre. On m’a aussi invité à revenir à Orléans et en Belgique, où mes conférences ont remporté un vif succès. Je tâcherai de vous tenir informés, mais n’hésitez pas à aller faire un tour de temps en temps sur mon site Internet ! Et si vous souhaitez organiser une conférence dans votre ville, ne soyez pas timides, écrivez-moi ! :-)

Sur ce, je vous laisse avec le 12e épisode de la Saga semitica, que je viens juste de mettre en ligne. Bonne lecture !

Michael Langlois.

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September 1, 2014 at 13:15

Biblical Studies Carnival – August 2014

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Phil’s done a good job of it!

Originally posted on Reading Acts:

Radical Blogger EditRob Bradshaw posted his August Biblical Studies Carnival at the Biblical Studies Blog. This is a great collection of links to articles of interest to those working in biblical or theological studies, including some archaeology and textual criticism. If you are in the US, take a break from your Labor Day festivities and visit Rob’s blog.

If you do not know, you are missing one of the better resources on the Internet. Rob has been collecting and scanning theological journals for years now, always careful to obtain permission to post the text online. The result of his hard work is a collection of more that 20,000 freely available articles. Some of the journals are not available on any database, and even if they were, they would be sitting behind a paywall.  Brian Small’s Hebrews Highlights  includes several links to reviews of commentaries and monographs on Hebrews.

Mike Skinner will host the…

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September 1, 2014 at 09:48

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Call For Submissions: The September Carnival- Posting 1 October

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Please keep an eye open this month for worthy Carnival posts.  I’ll share them on 1 October at one minute past midnight.  And thank you for your assistance.

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September 1, 2014 at 09:31

What Sheffield Has Done is Dishonest, Misleading, and Disgusting

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In 2009, the University of Sheffield proposed to close the Department of Biblical Studies, perhaps the world’s foremost and most innovative biblical studies department.

The response included a barrage of letters protesting the plan from academics worldwide. Many of the letters are preserved on the Save Biblical Studies website. Responding to these protests, the University promised to retain the Department of Biblical Studies and to strengthen it.

But as early as 2014, the University of Sheffield again decided to disband the Department. The Department no longer exists, and current academic staff are now employed to a “Research Institute for Biblical Studies“, which has been interpreted as a short-term stop-gap measure before biblical studies at Sheffield ceases completely.

But what about all those academic protests? Did they count for nothing? Not at all. The letters of protest have been mined by the University of Sheffield, and used as marketing endorsements for biblical studies at Sheffield.

Appallingly, the University has taken letters of protest, culled them, edited out bits, and then made use of them as though they were promotions of the new Research unit-

All of these endorsements were culled from the letters of protest written in 2009 against the closure of the Department. They are now being used as “endorsements” of the University of Sheffield after the closure of the Department. To be clear, the protests are all being callously misrepresented as unqualified positive statements about biblical studies at Sheffield University.

Read the whole evidentiary piece here.  I’ve never been more dismayed by an academic institution before.  Someone is a deceiver at Sheffield and worse than Mark Driscoll in his or her misuse of material.

UPDATE:  Here’s a screenshot of the cropped and misleading quotes, for that inevitable moment when the University yanks that segment of its page.


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September 1, 2014 at 08:13

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#ICYMI- Marxsen’s Day

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You may be unfamiliar with the work of Willi Marxsen but he was a quite influential scholar a few decades ago. His specialization was New Testament and he studied with some of the real giants in the field, becoming, in due course, something of a giant himself.

Marxsen wrote a lot. Here’s a mere selection:

Der Evangelist Markus. Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte des Evangeliums, Göttingen 1956
Exegese und Verkündigung. Zwei Vorträge, München 1956
Der “Frühkatholizismus” im Neuen Testament, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1958
Anfangsprobleme der Christologie, Gütersloh 1960
Das Abendmahl als christologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1963
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, Gütersloh 1963
Die Auferstehung Jesu als historisches und als theologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1964
Der Streit um die Bibel, Gladbeck 1965
Das Neue Testament als Buch der Kirche, Gütersloh 1966
Der Exeget als Theologe. Vorträge zum Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1968
Die Auferstehung Jesu von Nazareth, Gütersloh 1968
Darf man kleine Kinder taufen? Eine falsche Fragestellung, Gütersloh 1969
Predigten, Gütersloh 1969
Die Sache Jesu geht weiter, Gütersloh 1976
Christologie – praktisch, Gütersloh 1978
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, 4., völlig neu bearbeitete Auflage, Gütersloh 1978
Der 1. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1979
Predigten mit neutestamentlichen Texten, Gütersloh 1980
Der 2. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1982
“Christliche” und christliche Ethik im Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1989
Jesus and Easter. Did God Raise the Historical Jesus from the Dead?, Nashville, 1990
Jesus and the Church. The Beginnings of Christianity, Philadelphia 1992

He was born on 1 September in 1919 and died, unfortunately too soon, in February of 1993.  He was a gentleman and a scholar.  Get hold of something he wrote and spend a little time with him today.  The experience will reward you.  Happy Birth-iversary Prof. Marxsen!

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September 1, 2014 at 08:06


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