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Where can you find information about the Vulgate or Qohelet, the Septuagint of Esther, or the Targum of Jeremiah? Which biblical book was translated into which languages? What is the manuscript evidence and the text-critical? value of each language tradition?

In textual criticism today, the study of the versions and of different manuscripts traditions has become fragmented. With such fragmentation of expertise come boundaries that make communication between the various subfields increasingly difficult.
THB brings together all available information regarding the textual history and character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each biblical and deutero-canonical book.

The Textual History of the Bible comprises:
Volumes 1A, 1B and 1C: The Hebrew Bible (129 authors, 340 articles and c.2000 pages)
Volumes 2A, 2B, 2C: Deuterocanonical Scriptures (110 authors, 240 articles and c.1300 pages)
Volumes 3 A, 3B, 3C and 3D: A Companion to Textual Criticism

- 3A: The History of Research of Textual Criticism (2021)
- 3B: Modern Printed Editions of the Hebrew Bible, Its Versions, and Cognate Scriptures (2022/2023)
- 3C: Theory and Practice of Textual Criticism (2024)
- 3D: Science, Technology and Textual Criticism (2022/2023)

The Textual History of the Bible is also available online.

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Preview of the Textual History of the Bible 2020 Volume 3.
Encyclopedia of Theology and Religion
Religion Past and Present (RPP) is a complete, updated English translation of the 4th edition of the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide, the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG). Including the latest developments in research, Religion Past and Present encompasses a vast range of subjects connected with religion. This great resource, now at last available in English, continues the tradition of deep knowledge and authority relied upon by generations of scholars in religious, theological, and biblical studies. Religion Past and Present indisputably belongs to the small class of essential reference works.

Key Features
• RGG has been a standard reference work since the publication of the first edition in 1908
• Strongly international, cross-cultural and ecumenical, written by over 3,000 authors from 88 countries
• Covers an unparalleled breadth of subject matter in theological and biblical studies
• Up-to-date research and bibliographies make it an indispensable resource for all levels of users
• Interdisciplinary articles cover a wide range of topics from history, archaeology, liturgy, law, bible, music, visual arts, politics, social sciences, natural sciences, ethics, and philosophy
• The 4th edition of RGG, the basis of the RPP translation, includes hundreds of new entries on Eastern religions and other religious subjects. The editors of RPP have added a number of articles and revised others for a global English-speaking readership
• Short definitions and cross-references enable quick and easy searching
• Over 15,000 entries and 8 million words
• 13 volumes and an index

The series was completed in 2013.