Category: Textual Criticism

Resources on Textual Criticism from Brent Niedergall and Digital Hammurabi

Interested in textual criticism?

Brent Nongbri: Textual Criticism and Being Honest about What We Don’t Know

Brent Nongbri, “How Old Are the Oldest Christian Manuscripts?” Biblical Archaeological Review, vol. 26 no. 3 (Summer 2020), 45. So how old are the earliest Christian manuscripts? The evidence we have and a proper understanding of the multiple dating techniques at our disposal reveal… Continue Reading “Brent Nongbri: Textual Criticism and Being Honest about What We Don’t Know”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.24.19

“For atheists, I would say your life is not meaningless even if you no longer believe you are for something like a hammer is for hammering nails- or even if you believe the universe is absurd! Just because you are not an instrument of… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.24.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 4.12.19

“Mark, wanting to make a theological point, locates the event in a place whose name is associated with casting out demons – the language, as Marcus points out, does kinda support this. This strengthens the exorcism theme of the pericope– seems legit. A few years later, Matthew, using Mark… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 4.12.19”

Lost in the Weeds: SJ Thomason Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 2

To see all posts in this series, please refer to its index. Thomason’s “rebuttal” of Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus1 continues, this time focusing on the end of chapter one as well as on chapter two. The post entitled “Does Ehrman’s ‘Misquoting Jesus’ Give Reasons to… Continue Reading “Lost in the Weeds: SJ Thomason Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 2”

The Weekly Roundup – 12.21.18

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to my readers. I’ll see you in 2019! On December 31st I will have completed reading the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocrypha in the NRSV. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read through the Bible cover-to-cover but… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 12.21.18”

Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes

Bart D. Ehrhman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 25.  In the earliest centuries, the vast majority of copyists of the New Testament books were not trained scribes. We know this because we can examine their… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes”

Michael D. Coogan: The First Stage in Bible Study

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 7. A necessary first stage in the study of the Bible is to determine what its actual text is. This is immensely difficult, because… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The First Stage in Bible Study”

Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (4): Textual Criticism and the Greek New Testament

Yesterday I posted a link to the third video in Dr. Joshua Bowen’s series on the topic of textual criticism where he discussed some of the methods and rules utilized by textual critics when they engage in their craft. In the final video of… Continue Reading “Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (4): Textual Criticism and the Greek New Testament”

Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (3): Textual Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

Yesterday I posted a link to the second video in Dr. Joshua Bowen’s series on the topic of textual criticism where he discussed some of the methods and rules utilized by textual critics when they engage in their craft. In the next video Bowen… Continue Reading “Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (3): Textual Criticism and the Hebrew Bible”