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Author: Michael Bird

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174551908X349644 Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 6 (2008) 133–156 Textual Criticism and the Historical Jesus Michael F. Bird * Highland Theological College/UHI Millennium Institute, Dingwall, Scotland Michael

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
New Testament, Other Early Christian and Jewish Literature - Papers Read at a Noster Conference in Münster, January 4-6, 2001
Editors: Weren and Koch
Series: Studies in Theology and Religion (STAR) vol. 8

From 4 to 6 January 2001, a three-day international conference on textual criticism took place in Münster. This conference was remarkable for its multi-disciplinary set-up. The speakers included experts in the field of New Testament textual criticism as well as researchers who specialise in preparing critical editions of documents from early-Jewish and rabbinic literature.
Text-critical problems concerning the study of early-Christian literature other than the New Testament were also on the conference programme.

This book contains most of the papers presented during the conference, but it is not simply a volume containing conference proceedings. The papers have often been thoroughly revised and two articles were added afterwards at the invitation of the editors. There is also a substantial inroduction by the editors.
Contributors include Barbara Aland, James Keith Elliott, and Folkert Siegert.

From the contents

Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 New Testament and other early Christian Literature

1 Der textkritische und textgeschichtliche Nutzen früher Papyri, demonstriert am Johannesevangelium
2 Was verändert sich in der Textkritik durch die Beachtung genealogischer Kohärenz?
3 The Nature of "Western" Readings in Acts: Test-cases
4 Zur Bedeutung der koptischen Übersetzungen für Textkritik und Verständnis des Neuen Testaments
5 Theodorus Beza and New Testament Conjectural Emendation
6 The Editio Critica Maior: One Reader's Reactions
7 Textkritik in frühchristlicher Literatur ausserhalb des Neuen Testaments: Barn 1,6 als Beispiel

Part 3 Jewish Literature

1 Erfahrungen mit der Münsteraner Josephus-Ausgabe: Ein Werkstattbericht mit Seitenblicken auf griechische Bibelsausgaben
2 Zur Edition apokrypher Texte: Am Beispiel des griechischen Lebens Adams und Evas
3 Textual Criticism of Late Rabbinic Midrshim: The Example of Aggadat Bereshit
Author: Eldon Jay Epp
This collection of frequently cited articles and chapters published from 1962 to 2004 provides perspective on the history and development of New Testament textual criticism, with descriptions and critique of the major text-critical theories and methods. Specific manuscripts and text-types, such as the Codex Bezae and the D-text are discussed, as well as issues such as anti-Judaic tendencies, the ascension narratives, and the relationship of text and canon. Many of the essays from the last fifteen years emphasize the earliest period and papyrus manuscripts, particularly those found at Oxyrhynchus, and assess their socio-cultural and intellectual contexts, while articles from the last five years advocate or engage the more controversial aspects of current New Testament textual criticism, especially the issue of 'original text'.

treating them as Breed alleges. The most salient issue his book brought to my attention, however—albeit as a byproduct of his discussion—is the problematic nomenclature of textual criticism. Breed’s concentration on how to define ‘text’ inadvertently spotlights his varied use of the term. For instance

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Emanuel Tov
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First published in 1992, Emanuel Tov’s Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible has rapidly established itself as the authoritative reference work for all those engaged in the study of the text of the Hebrew Bible.
This thoroughly revised second edition will be welcomed by students and scholars alike.

A wide range of readers will find this book accessible and indispensable. Emanuel Tov offers extensive descriptions of the major witnesses to the text of the Hebrew Bible–the Hebrew texts from Qumran, the Septuagint, the Masoretic Text–as well as the Aramaic Targumim, the Syriac translations, the Vulgate, and others.

Special attention is given to the exegetical aspects of the textual
transmission, literary issues, and the problem of the original shape of the biblical text.

Praise for the First Edition:

“Emanuel Tov is preeminent in the world in the field of Septuagint studies. This is a solid and durable work which, given its technical character, is written in a readable way.”
Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University

“Nowhere else can you find such a thorough presentation of how the Bible was transmitted in Second Temple times ... This excellently written handbook represents a major step forward for biblical studies.”
Lawrence Schiffman, New York University

“History will surely regard Emanuel Tov’s monumental work as the definitive discussion of textual criticism of this generation. A ‘must-have’ for any serious scholar of the Bible!”
Sidnie A. White, University of Nebraska

“The basic reference work on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible for at least the next decade. This is a magisterial work which is badly needed and masterfully done.”
Journal for the Study of Judaism

“This book will soon be viewed as a classic of biblical studies.”
Ralph W. Klein, Journal of Religion

“Replete with examples, tables, plates, lucid definitions and explanations, as well as extensive bibliographies, the volume brings together a wealth of information not previously so accessible and makes the theory and practice of textual criticism easily understandable and visually clear.”
Judith E. Sanderson, Seattle University
Author: Paul C.J. Riley

Testament textual criticism, and then define the concept linguistically. I then test the validity of using explicitness in textual criticism by comparing the results of its use in the Gospel of John with the application of traditional internal and external criteria. Finally, I examine several examples of

In: Novum Testamentum
J.K. Elliott has been identified as one of the Main exponents of so-called thoroughgoing textual criticism. In this collection of fifty seven of his essays from the past forty years are articles on methodology as well as on praxis (with a selection of important textual variants, including some of especial interest for exegesis). Also included are several essays on textual criticism which emphasise its relevance for the discussion of the synoptic problem and there are also a number of assessments of printed editions of the Greek New Testament. A bibliography of Elliott's writings is appended.

Those interested in the New Testament text and in Greek manuscripts as well as scholars working on the history of exegesis or the Greek language which thoroughgoing criticism encourages will find this collection of value. The selection will enable readers to have an overview of Elliott's contribution to the discipline.