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).

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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 […]

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 […]

Review of the BibleWorks Manuscripts Project

Every modern student of the Bible should have some understanding of how the biblical text was transmitted from the ancient world to the edited version(s) they examine today. This is especially true of students who read Greek and Hebrew, who may think that their critical edition of the Bible is all there is to the story. Even a modest familiarity with the transmission history of the Bible will benefit the modern reader, whether student or scholar. One barrier to this familiarity has been the relative inaccessibility of manuscripts or copies of those manuscripts. For, although we live at a time […]

Review of The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts

Originally published in Augustinian Studies, 45 (2014): 119-122.

Kenneth Steinhauser and Scott Dermer, eds., The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts, (Mellen Press, 2012), $169.95, pp 572, ISBN: 0-7734-3073-3

This collection of essays is the product of a doctoral seminar called “Manuscripts and Texts” offered by Kenneth B. Steinhauser (Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University) between 2007 and 2011. The work of the students represented in the book is the result of an assignment “to present a late antique or patristic text, where its transmission in some way had an effect […]

Review of Practice Makes Perfect: P. Cotsen-Princeton 1 and the Training of Scribes in Byzantine Egypt

Originally published in Expository Times (April 2014): 349-350.

PAPYROLOGY IN THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY Scott Bucking, Practice Makes Perfect: P. Cotsen-Princeton 1 and the Training of Scribes in Byzantine Egypt, (HES De Graaf, 2011), € 125, pp 266, ISBN: 0974516848

Practice Makes Perfect is a papyrological investigation of a seventh-century Coptic miniature codex (P. Cotsen-Princeton 1), a (perhaps monastic) scribal training manual with 52 extant, parchment leaves. There are 17 distinct sections in the manuscript, ranging from a syllabary and word lists to a short passage from Romans (8:28-32) and a list of nomina sacra. Though the primary language of the […]