Ancient Texts, Papyri, and Manuscripts

Studies in Honor of James R. Royse


This volume honors Prof. James R. Royse on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday and celebrates his scholarly achievement in the fields of New Testament textual criticism and Philonic studies. An introductory section contains a biographical notice on the honoratus and a complete list of his scholarly publications. Part one contains nine articles on New Testament textual criticism, focusing on methodological issues, difficult passages and various textual witnesses. Part two presents eight studies on the thought, writings, textual record, and reception of Philo of Alexandria. This wide-ranging collection of articles will introduce the reader to new findings in the scholarly fields to which Prof. Royse continues to make such an outstanding contribution.

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Alan Taylor Farnes, PhD. (2018), University of Birmingham (UK), is an independent scholar focusing mainly on New Testament textual criticism. He has published a monograph entitled Simply Come Copying (Mohr Siebeck, 2019) and articles in papyrology and New Testament exegesis.

Scott D. Mackie, Ph.D. (2006) has taught at Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, and Fuller Seminary. He is the author of Eschatology and Exhortation in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Mohr Siebeck, 2007) and The Letter to the Hebrews: Critical Readings (Bloomsbury, 2018).

David T. Runia, Ph.D. (1983), D.Litt. (2003), is Professorial Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University. He has published widely on the history of ancient philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the thought of Philo of Alexandria.
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Notes on Contributors

Alan Taylor Farnes, Scott D. Mackie and David T. Runia

James Royse: Scholar and Connoisseur of Manuscripts, Texts and Libraries
David T. Runia

The Publications of James R. Royse 1976–2020

Part 1 New Testament Textual Criticism

1 In Defense of the Urtext
Amy S. Anderson

2 The Synoptic Problem and Lectio Brevior Potior: Does Brevity Suggest an Earlier Reading?
Alan Taylor Farnes

3 Evidence, Evaluation, and Edition: The Example of Acts 1:2: The Evaluation and Presentation of the Secondary Traditions and Approaches to Critical Reading
Georg Gäbel

4 Codex Sinaiticus’s Fourth-Century Corrections and the Andreas “Text Type”
Juan Hernández Jr.

5 Scribal Habits Applied: Six Examples from the Tyndale House Greek New Testament
Elijah Hixson

6 The Various Scribal Habits Behind Substitutions
Dirk Jongkind

7 A New Light on Old Variants: Notes on the New Testament Text of Codex Ephraemi Syri Rescriptus
Peter Malik

8 The Verso of MS 0188 (Berlin P. 13416) and the Text of Mark 11:17–25
Cambry G. Pardee

9 New Traces of an Old Text: The Corrections of Gregory-Aland 424 in the Book of Acts
Tommy Wasserman

Part 2 Studies on Philo of Alexandria

10 The Scribes of Philo of Alexandria’s Oxyrhynchus Codex
Sean A. Adams

11 Of Dreams and Editions: Emendations, Conjectures, and Marginal Glosses in David Hoeschel’s Copy of De Somniis 2
Michael B. Cover

12 Enduring Divine Discipline in Philo, De Congressu 157–180 and the Epistle to the Hebrews 12:5–17
Scott D. Mackie

13 The Late-Byzantine Philonic Treatise De mundo: Analysis of its Method and Contents
David T. Runia

14 The Student Sharpens the Master’s Face: The Text of QE 2.62 Reconsidered
Frank Shaw

15 Philon als Jurist
Folker Siegert

16 In Fragments: The Authenticity of the Hypothetica
Gregory E. Sterling

17 The Conflation of Israel’s Past, Present, and Future in Philo
Abraham Terian

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