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The ‘Discovery’ of 29 New Homilies on the Psalms Attr. to Origen

The ‘Discovery’ of 29 New Homilies on the Psalms Attr. to Origen

Recently I was participating in an academic conference where one senior scholar mentioned their involvement at a recent colloquium (cf. report) discussing 29 homilies on the Psalms recently (re)discovered and attributed to Origen. At this I noticed a bit of astonishment amongst a few that seemed to indicate this news was not as well known as one would expect since these homilies were discovered in April 2012 and reported within two months. In any case, this prompted me to draw together the following:

First, the manuscript in question can be viewed online, and has been available online at least since shortly after its discovery, but likely longer (I have not found the date it was made available online). Also a critical edition is now published: Lorenzo Perrone (ed.)  Die neuen Psalmenhomilien: Eine kritische Edition des Codex Monacensis Graecus 314 (De Gruyter, 2015) [TOC online]. For a comparison of the homilies in this manuscript compared to what we find in Jerome (Epistle 33) and Rufinus’ Latin, see the chart from Perrone at the bottom of this post.

Some significant dates of the discovery and aftermath with links: Continue Reading

Earliest Draft of King James Bible ‘Discovered’

Earliest Draft of King James Bible ‘Discovered’

Jeffrey Alan Miller, assistant professor of English at Montclair State University, was trying to determine what Bible translation translator Samuel Ward was using in one of Ward’s early 17th century notebooks. Soon Miller realised the notebook, previously described as “verse-by-verse biblical commentary” was actually part of Ward’s work as one of many KJV translators. Miller summarises his research in… Continue Reading

Early Christian Texts for the Current Multi-faith Context

Early Christian Texts for the Current Multi-faith Context

Larry Hurtado has provided a summary of his and other’s contributions to a conference in Leipzig. In summarising his own contribution, I found the following interesting: For some 15 centuries, Christian theology has basically been an “in-house” discussion, Christian theologians arguing with one another.  And the key starting points have been theological developments of the 4th… Continue Reading

Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, Results

Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, Results

The latest issue of the Harvard Theological Review (free from here) has the long awaited articles regarding various analyses of the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyrus, including a point-countpoint-counterpoint between King and Depuydt (TOC below). From Harvard Magazine: The April 2014 issue of the Harvard Theological Review (HTR) includes King’s article (originally slated to… Continue Reading

What We Don't Know Is in Our Libraries

What We Don't Know Is in Our Libraries

These are fun stories: In January, nine papyri documents almost 2,000 years old were discovered by a student in the Luther College library archives, where they had remained hidden in a cardboard box for decades. Luther sophomore Brittany Anderson was conducting a routine inventory of the papers of the late Orlando W. Qualley, longtime professor… Continue Reading

Gospel of Jesus' Wife to be Published in Next HTR

Gospel of Jesus' Wife to be Published in Next HTR

This news has just arrived in my rss reader via Brice Jones’ blog, though the actually post link doesn’t appear to be working. Jones states: I learned through an e-mail from Prof. Louis Painchaud of Laval that the Coptic “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” will be published in the next issue of the Harvard Theological Review.… Continue Reading