Tuesday, March 30, 2010

James Leonard's Research on Codex Schøyen forthcoming

James Leonard has been carrying out research on the Codex Schøyen at Tyndale House in Cambridge. His findings are soon to be presented to the Society of Biblical Literature. To whet your appetite here is an abstract of the forthcoming article which should prove of great interest to anyone involved in NT textual criticism. If, like myself, you don't know what Vorlage means, click here for a helpful definition.



Codex Schøyen is a substantial but fragmentary Coptic manuscript of Matthew’s Gospel which only became public in 1999. It dates perhaps to the early fourth century, and may be the earliest witness to Matthew in 13 entire chapters, and to many portions of other chapters. However, its textual character has not yet been adequately analysed. Analysis of its textual character has been hindered, in part, by the atypical translation method reflected in its text which often makes the Vorlage difficult to discern.
This paper demonstrates how an understanding of the version’s translation technique can help discern its Vorlage. Analysis of important test passages will show its textual character and relationship with other manuscripts. Ultimately, the paper will address the issue of whether Codex Schøyen is the closest ally to Sinaiticus and Vaticanus in Matthew’s Gospel.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bibliotheca Sacra Table of Contents Under Development

Now that the table of contents for the Journal of Biblical Literature is complete my main project for the rest of the year will be completing the TOC for Bibliotheca Sacra and integrating this material into my sites. As part of this process I will be using PDF's made available by Google Books to produce and host OCRed pdfs of individual articles published from 1844-1921 (i.e. those in the Public Domain - a fact I have double-checked with the journal's current editor). This will mean that these articles will be soon available in countries where they are currently blocked by Google, including the UK. Google have indicated that they are happy for me to do this.

Although this is in progress, I am far from happy with the quality of many of the Google Book PDF's, which have a large file size, are often dirty and some (I have noted) are incomplete (and therefore useless) as they have been scanned incorrectly. For these reasons I would prefer to produce my own set of scans to replace them. What I will need, of course, is access to these early issues of Bibliotheca Sacra. So, if anyone can assist in loaning, donating or selling me the necessary materials, please let me know. Ideally I will need access to them at home, as I do not have time to travel to a library to scan them there, as all this work is done in my "spare" time -  a precious commodity at present. Please let me know if you can help with this.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Professor Donald Wiseman's Memorial Service, 2.30pm, 4th June, All Souls, Langham Place

The Memorial Service for the late Professor Donald Wiseman will take place at All Souls, Langham Place in London at 2.30pm on 4th June 2010. Professor Alan Millard will be one of those taking part.

Obituaries: Telegraph | Times

Wikipedia article (perhaps someone else could add Professor Wiseman's bibliography to this).

Table of Contents for the Journal of Biblical Literature now online

In cooperation with the editor I have almost completed what I think will be the first publically available table of contents for the Journal of Biblical Literature. Click here to take a look. 

I have made available a number of Public Domain (pre-1915) articles and have permission to place on-line around 20 post-1915 articles. Tomorrow I will be visiting Tyndale House in Cambridge and one of the things I am hoping to do there is to acquire scans of the articles from JBL.