Review of Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe (Vols. 1 & 2)

Crawford Burkitt. Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe. Volume 1: Text. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. xx + 556. ISBN 9781107432772. (pb). £29.99 (US$ 49.99).


Crawford Burkitt. Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe. Volume 2: Introduction and Notes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. vi + 322. ISBN 9781107432819. (pb). £24.99 (US$ 39.99).


“Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe” is Syriac for “Gospel of the separated ones.” This title bespeaks the wide influence of Tatian’s gospel known as the Diatessaron. Written c. 170 C.E., Tatian’s gospel enjoyed a wide circulation. In fact, the intense popularity of this unified gospel is the reason that the fourfold Syriac gospel witness […]

Review of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Volume LXXX. Graeco-Roman memoirs, 101.

M. Hirt, D. Leith, London: Egypt Exploration Society, 2014. Pp. xiv, 176; 14 p. of plates. ISBN 9780856982224. $170.00.

Reviewed by W. Andrew Smith, Shepherds Theological Seminary (

Originally published as Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.03.36; BMCR 2016.03.36 on the BMCR blog.

The eightieth volume of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, which introduces items 5219–5257 of the collection, was prepared by Marguerite Hirt (University of Cambridge), David Leith (University of Exeter), and W. Benjamin Henry (University College London). Additional contributions were made by Daniela Colomo (Research Associate and Curator of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri), Nick Gonis (University College London), and Livia Tagliapietra […]

MOTB Webinar with Dirk Jongkind

Dirk Jongkind

Today students and mentors participating in the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) Greek Paul and Greek Psalter projects enjoyed a webinar with Dirk Jongkind (Cambridge University/Tyndale House), who spoke on scribal habits in Greek biblical manuscripts. Well-known for his groundbreaking work in Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus, Dr. Jongkind presented a clear and enlightening introduction to what we can understand about the copying process of individual scribes.

Students in the Greek Paul and Greek Psalter projects are studying New Testament minuscule and Old Testament majuscule manuscripts, respectively, but all are involved in evaluating the work of ancient scribes. How did […]

The Wandering Sinaiticus

As a professor here at STS I have enjoyed my time with our students, having the opportunity to see them “grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom” (if I may borrow a phrase from Luke’s Gospel). This fall I taught NT702, a course in New Testament Textual Criticism. Examining the textual history of the New Testament requires a commitment from students to attend to a great deal of detail, so the homework assignments in the course can take some time.

One Tuesday afternoon a few weeks ago I was on my way to teach that class and I saw one […]

Review of Greek Papyri from Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca IV)

Originally published as Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.08.45; BMCR 2015.08.45 on the BMCR blog.

Sofía Torallas Tovar, Klaas A. Worp, Greek Papyri from Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca IV). Scripta orientalia, 1. Barcelona: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 2014. Pp. 327; 55 p. of plates. ISBN 9788498837001. (pb).

Reviewed by W. Andrew Smith, Shepherds Theological Seminary (

The variety of Greek manuscripts found in the Abadia de Montserrat Collection (Barcelona) is a tribute to the efforts of Ramón Roca-Puig (1906–2001), who bequeathed the papyri to the abbey. The collection holds over 1500 papyrus and parchment items dating from the Ptolemaic period to […]

Report on Logos in Oxford (2015)

This summer STS Master of Divinity student Denis Salgado and I were selected to attend the 2015 Logos in Oxford conference at Oxford University. Sponsored by the Green Collection and hosted by SCIO (Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford), the conference ran from 27 May to 9 June and embodied the idea of fides quarens intellectum (“faith seeking understanding”). Green Scholars Initiative (GSI) students (ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate) and mentors from eighteen different institutions attended the conference and enjoyed a full schedule of learning and fellowship together.

Each day at Oxford began in St. Hugh’s Chapel with a scriptural message […]

Viewing Manuscripts at the Rubenstein Library

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Rubenstein Library at Duke University with a few M.Div. students from Shepherds Theological Seminary to examine a number of items in the Greek manuscripts collection. I had made arrangements for students to view a variety of manuscript types (a papyrus, a Gospels codex, a lectionary, etc.) to supplement the work they are doing for the International Greek New Testament Project. There is a world of difference between seeing images of these Christian artifacts and being able to view and handle them in person.

The library’s Curator of Collections was quite gracious and […]

Text-Critical Studies

CRBMI Director Andrew Smith has accepted an invitation to serve as an Assistant Editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Text-Critical Studies series, under the direction of Michael Holmes (Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity, Bethel University).

Text-Critical Studies publishes monographs, reference works, and collections of essays related to the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and closely related works. Individual volumes may investigate methodological issues, individual manuscripts, or selected passages.

Summer 2015: Logos in Oxford

Congratulations to STS student Denis Salgado for being accepted to participate in the Green Scholars Initiative’s Logos in Oxford program at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford from 27 May – 10 June. In this program Denis will participate in lecture series presented by experts in the fields of history, theology, and textual studies. Additionally, the after-dinner experiences with peers are geared for participants to “learn about the intersection of faith and vocation in the experience of leading senior Oxford scholars from various academic fields.” The program includes two day tours: the first to Winchester (the chief city of Alfred […]

Göttingen's Digital Edition of the Sahidic-Coptic Old Testament

Neue Forschungsprojekte für die Göttinger Akademie

GWK stimmt Förderung des Vorhabens “Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testaments” zu / Beteiligung an “Jaspers-Edition” mit Arbeitsstelle in Oldenburg

Göttingen / Berlin. Die Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen hat grünes Licht für ein neues langfristig angelegtes Projekt der Grundlagenforschung sowie für eine Beteiligung an einem bereits bestehenden Vorhaben bekommen. Die Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) hat auf ihrer heutigen Sitzung (30. Oktober 2014) beschlossen, zum 1. Januar 2015 das Vorhaben “Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testaments” in die Förderung des Akademienprogramms von Bund und Ländern aufzunehmen. Mit den neuen Projekten betreut […]