Equipping Students with Scholarly Resources

Books Donated by Asset Protectors and Advisors

Thanks to a very generous gift from Asset Protectors & Advisors in Raleigh, NC, the CRBMI has been blessed with a wealth of text-critical volumes to support our coursework and research efforts. Because of the specialized nature of Hellenistic Greek manuscript studies, providing students with access to these resources is cost-prohibitive more often than not. This gift includes:

the massive data of Text und Textwert, which collates 5400 Greek New Testament manuscripts and categorizes their readings based on a number of test passages (Teststellen); the newly translated Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek (yet another BDAG for Greek students to utilize); […]

Review of The Latin New Testament

H.A.G. Houghton. The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts. Oxford: Oxford, 2016. xx + 366 pp. + 16 images. Hb. £25.

H.A.G. Houghton is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Deputy Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. The University of Birmingham is at present one of — if not the — most important center for the textual criticism of the Bible in the United Kingdom. This establishes Houghton as one of the most experienced and authoritative voices on the subject with […]

Review of Gorgias Concise Syriac-English English-Syriac Dictionary

Brock, Sebastian P. and George A. Kiraz, eds. Gorgias Concise Syriac-English English-Syriac Dictionary. Gorgias Handbooks. Piscataway: Gorgias, 2015. Pp. x + 457. ISBN 9781463202248. (hb). US $48.

As Brock points out in the preface to this dictionary, “Syriac is the best provided of all the Aramaic dialects for dictionaries, and so one might wonder why another is needed” (vii). However, a few minutes’ use with this dictionary immediately shows the reader its worth. This is a simplified dictionary. Indeed, “concise” is an apt word, but as Brock points out, “The prime reason for the present dictionary is a practical one, […]

CRBMI Minuscule Ligature/Abbreviation Tool

Some of the student transcribers in the MOTBSI Greek Paul Project may be working with Greek minuscule for the first time. For the novice reader, recognizing some of the ligatures and abbreviations used in minuscule script can be a challenge. Some printed helps are available, but juggling a handful of incomplete lists of images is not ideal. Since students work from a base text, being able to quickly type in a probable text and see what ligatures/abbreviations match is helpful. So students at Shepherds Theological Seminary took the initiative to develop a web tool to do just that. Users can […]

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 (asmith@shepherds.edu)

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 […]

Daniel Wallace on Textual Criticism of the New Testament

The Museum of the Bible Greek Paul Project is pleased to host a webinar for Scholars Initiative students with Dr. Dan Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM). Dr. Wallace is a world leader in the photography and even discovery of New Testament manuscripts and will be presenting on the issues of New Testament textual criticism. A number of the manuscript images hosted at the CSNTM website are used by Greek Paul Project students when transcribing manuscripts of 1 Timothy.