Additional Resources

As noted in a previous entry, a generous donation from Asset Protectors & Advisors in Raleigh, NC, has provided the CRBMI with a number of text-critical and biblical language resources. Donations such as this provide much-needed resources for graduate students interested in textual criticism, manuscript studies, and advanced studies in biblical languages; because of the specialized nature of this scholarship, many of these books are quite expensive and/or difficult to obtain. A few of these books were selected at this time to aid current and upcoming student thesis work.

Through judicious spending of that initial donation, we have been able […]

How to Make Lampblack Ink

In this article, I demonstrate a procedure for making lampblack ink, one of the earliest black inks used in manuscript production. This carbonaceous ink is easy to make and ideal for writing on papyrus. It is less suited for writing on skin/parchment, as it can peel up off the writing surface or be rubbed off; when writing on parchment, an acidic iron gall ink is a better choice. The ingredients for lampblack are: carbon, gum arabic, and water.

Carbon is gathered by interrupting a flame from a lamp or candle with a metal surface. The carbon soot collects on the […]

Ulrich Schmid on Marcion and the Corpus Paulinum

The Museum of the Bible Greek Paul Project is hosting Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid, who will present on Marcion’s Pauline edition and the early history of the Corpus Paulinum. Prof. Dr. Schmid is an apl. Prof at the Kirchliche Hochschule (Wuppertal/Bethel) and serves as a co-editor of the Editio Critica Maior of the Gospel of John for the International Greek New Testament Project and as a researcher for the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF) in Münster.

Marcion’s (active from AD 135-155) edition of the New Testament (one Gospel and ten letters of Paul) is helpful for tracing the transmission history […]

Review of Basics of Classical Syriac

Steven C. Hallam. Basics of Classical Syriac: Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. Pb. 318 pp. US $49.99.

The fact of the matter is that there is a noticeable lack of choice when it comes to Syriac grammars. For most, the immediate choice is Coakley’s Robinson’s Paradigms and Exercises (6th ed. Oxford: Oxford, 2013). However, since Robinson’s first edition appeared in 1915, much has changed in our understanding of language acquisition and instruction. For this simple reason, a new option for Syriac instructors is welcome news.

Like Zondervan’s other Basics of grammars, Hallam adopts an integrated approach […]

Review of The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah

Benyamim Tsedaka and Sharon Sullivan, eds. The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version. Trans. by Benyamim Tsedaka. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. xxxvi + 558 pp. Hb. $100.

Very little is known about the history and nature of the Samaritan version of the Pentateuch (SP). However, what is becoming increasingly clear is the importance of this textual tradition to the study and textual criticism of the Pentateuch. Previously, there has been much speculation about the value of the SP, however, this former assumption is slowly giving way in biblical studies. Indeed, this review, […]

Review of Old Testament Textual Criticism: A Practical Introduction

Ellis R. Brotzman and Eric J. Tully. Old Testament Textual Criticism: A Practical Introduction. 2d. ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016. xvi + 256. Pb. $24.99.

From the time it was first published in 1994, Ellis Brotzman’s Old Testament Textual Criticism: A Practical Introduction, has maintained its place of primacy when it comes to introducing young biblical scholars in the field of Old Testament textual criticism (TC). However, the author and publisher were right to recognize the need for an updated edition. This need is the result of new developments in Old Testament TC, chief among these being the inauguration of […]

Muratorian Fragment as Fraud

Tonight at Duke University’s New Testament and Jewish Studies Colloquium, Clare Rothschild presented on “Muratorian Fragment as Fraud”; Professor Rothschild is Professor of Theology at Lewis University and Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University. Rothschild provides an abstract for the paper:

Scholars are divided as to the origin of the most famous canon list in the history of the Church, dubbed the “Muratorian Fragment” by the Ambrosian librarian Ludovico Antonio Muratori its purported discoverer. Approximately half accept a second-century Roman provenance—on the basis of views held by, for example, Adolf von Harnack and Samuel Tregelles. […]

Ekatarini Tsalampouni on the Byzantine Text of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible Greek Paul Project is pleased to have Dr. Ekatarini Tsalampouni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, present on the Byzantine text of the Bible, its potential as the living text of worshiping communities of past and present and its particular interest as an important witness to the New Testament text. This webinar is for members of the MOTB Greek Paul Project and the MOTB Greek Psalter Project.

Dr. Tsalampouni is one of the project leads in Thessaloniki producing transcriptions of every witness of the Thessalonian letters of Paul as part of the Τομέας Μελέτης Χειρόγραφης Παράδοσης Byzantine […]

Review of Making the Biblical Text: Textual Studies in the Hebrew and Greek Bible

Innocent Himbaza, ed., Making the Biblical Text: Textual Studies in the Hebrew and Greek Bible. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 275. Publications of the Institute Dominique Barthélemy 1. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Fribourg: Academic Press, 2015. xiv + 192. Hb. €65.00.

The Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (OBO) series is a well-established scholarly series specializing in Archaeological, Egyptological, ancient Near Eastern, and Biblical studies; its volumes are currently published with cooperation from the Universities of Fribourg, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich. The present volume represents the 275th publication in the OBO series as well as the inaugural publication in the series […]

Report on Logos in Oxford (2016)

This summer three students from STS were selected to participate in the Logos in Oxford program held at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford: Jeff DePue (M.Div. program), Denis Salgado (M.Div. program) and Steve Young (MABLL program). This two week workshop, held from 1-15 June, is limited to students working on Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative projects; all three students have participated in the Greek Paul Project (transcribing Greek minuscule manuscripts of 1 Timothy) and Denis is researching scribal habits in GC.170 (formerly P. Bodmer XXIV) for the Greek Psalter Project. As their local mentor at STS, Dr. Andrew […]