Texts and Traditions

Essays in Honour of J. Keith Elliott


Editors: Peter Doble and Jeffrey Kloha
The methodology of New Testament textual criticism, the critical evaluation of readings, and the history and texts of early Christianity is the focus of the influential work of J. K. Elliott. Texts and Traditions offers eighteen essays in his honour. The essays, by colleagues and students from his long career, reflect Elliott's wide interest and impact. From questions of the purpose and practice of textual criticism, to detailed assessment of New Testament literature and the readings of its manuscripts, to provocative studies of the reception of Jesus and the New Testament in the second century, this volume will be of value to those studying the New Testament and Early Christianity.
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Biographical Note

Peter Doble was Senior Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds.
Jeffrey Kloha is Associate Professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.

Both completed their Ph.D. at Leeds under Professor Elliott.

Review Quote

"fitting tribute to the honoree’s scholarship (...) Elliott’s prodigious labors are everywhere manifest; nearly every contribution canvasses terrain already traversed by him—a fact that is in itself a tribute." – Juan Hernández Jr., Bethel University, in: Religious Studies Review 42/1 (2016)

"The editors are to be congratulated in managing to bring together this fine collection of essays to honour their Doktorvater of colleague. The wide-ranging scope of essays and topics reflect the manifold interests of the honoree." – Tommy Wasserman, Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole, Kristiansand, in: Novum Testamentum 58 (2016)

"These first-rate studies offered by reputable scholars comprise a must-read for scholars of the NT and early Christianity. All in all, this excellent volume is a welcome addition to the series New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents and a fitting tribute to a brilliant scholar." – Zachary J. Cole, University of Edinburgh, in: The Expository Times 126/8 (May 2015)

"ein schöner Band... der [...] im Bereich der neutestamentlichen Textkritik deutliche Stärken gerade auch deswegen zeigt, weil er [...] sehr schön Stand und Perspektiven eines Faches spiegelt, zu dessen Entwicklung Keith Elliott in hohem Maße beigetragen hat (und weiter beiträgt). Dem Jubilar ist für diese schöne Festgabe nur zu gratulieren: Ad multos annos!" – Tobias Nicklas, Universität Regensburg, in: TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, 2015

Table of contents

Michael W. Holmes, When Criteria Conflict
D. C. Parker, Variants and Variance
Eldon Jay Epp, In the Beginning Was the New Testament Text, But Which Text? A Consideration of ‘Ausgangstext’ and ‘Initial Text’*
Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, Eclecticism and the Book of Acts
James A. Kelhoffer, Hapless Disciples and Exemplary Minor Characters in the Gospel of Mark: The Exhortation to Cross-bearing as both Encouragement and Warning
James W. Voelz, The Characteristics of the Greek of St. Mark’s Gospel
Tjitze Baarda, The Syro-Sinaitic Palimpsest and Ephraem Syrus in Luke 2:36-38 and 1:6
Peter Doble, Codex Bezae and Luke 3:22: A Contribution to Discussion
Jeffrey Kloha, Elizabeth’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46)
H. A. G. Houghton, A Flock of Synonyms? John 21:15-17 in Greek and Latin Tradition
L. W. Hurtado, Textual Ambiguity and Textual Variants in Acts of the Apostles
Holger Strutwolf, Urtext oder frühe Korruption? Einige Beispiele aus der Apostelgeschichte
J. Lionel North, 1 Corinthians 8:6: From Confession to Paul to Creed to Paul
Peter M. Head, Tychicus and the Colossian Christians: A Reconsideration of the Text of Colossians 4:8
David R. Cartlidge, How to Draw an Immaculate Conception: Protevangelium of James 11-12 in Early Christian Art
Paul Foster, The Education of Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas
Denise Rouger et Christian-B. Amphoux, Le projet littéraire d’Ignace d’Antioche dans sa Lettre aux Ephésiens
William J. Elliott, How to Change a Continuous Text Manuscript into a Lectionary Text
Bibliography J. K. Elliott


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