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Treasures of the British Library (and British Museum)

Treasures of the British Library (and British Museum)

Yesterday my family and I took a day trip to London. One of our goals was to spend some time in the British Museum, esp. to view the BM exhibition, Faith after the Pharaohs (£10), and the British Library, esp. to view the free Treasures of the British Library exhibition.

The BM’s Faith after the Pharaohs featured a number of interesting items, and for this NT nerd, I especially enjoyed fragments of the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary (respectively), Codex Sinaiticus, an early copy of the Nicene Creed, and a number of magical papyri and gems. Continue Reading

Remembering I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015)

Remembering I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015)

For the past many days, memories of I. Howard Marshall have been shared by many (see, e.g., Mark Goodacre’s post and Steve Walton’s post). I particular enjoyed watching snippets of Marshall’s past lectures, like these. My own interactions with Prof Marshall came late in his life. Dr Terry Wilder, a former student of his, introduced us… 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

List of 1123 Greek Mss. at British Library

List of 1123 Greek Mss. at British Library

Get the spreadsheet here (.xlsx file). From the British Library: The completion of the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project is as good a time as any to release to this world a handy spreadsheet containing details of the Greek manuscripts held by the British Library. The spreadsheet includes a brief description of the… Continue Reading

‘Higher Criticism’ is not the Bogeyman

‘Higher Criticism’ is not the Bogeyman

I recently came across a post by Roger Olson called “The Absurdity of “Higher Criticism” of the Gospels.” I think I am as bothered about his characterisation of higher criticism (hereafter HC)–indeed, even the use of the term–as he is about HC itself. Olson implies that HC is basically a kind of biblical criticism* that is “…negative or destructive… Continue Reading

Changing Paratexts of Bibles over Time

Changing Paratexts of Bibles over Time

Recently I gave a CODEC Research Seminar on how the paratexts of Bibles–those framing features of Bibles such as book form, covers, page layout, etc.–have changed over time. A recording of the seminar is now available here: “From Scrolls to Scrolling.” The original abstract is as follows: Biblical texts have been recorded upon (or in) various media… Continue Reading

Hurtado Shares a "Vision for International Scholarship"

Larry Hurtado writes of a freshly minted PhD with research promise from Edinburgh who will return to his home country to take up a post that lacks the resources to provide a robust research environment. He envisions a means of supporting such scholars in their research and makes a plea: …for a charitable trust or… Continue Reading

Accordance NA28 w. Apparatus Review

Accordance NA28 w. Apparatus Review

Thanks to Accordance for allowing me to review what I have found to be the most powerful electronic version of the NA28 available at the present time. In the video below, I demo and review some of my favorite features. Accordance users may also pick up a tip or two on using the software in… Continue Reading

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