TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism:
Volume 3 (1998)

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Editorials and General Information for Readers

TC Notes: A Message from the Editor #5 (March 3, 1998) [Frames and Other Changes to TC]


The following six articles are based on papers delivered in a meeting of the New Testament Textual Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, November 1997. During this session, Barbara Aland and Klaus Wachtel, two of the editors of the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior, presented the volume, and four of their colleagues presented their thoughts on this important new work.

Barbara Aland, General Editor of the ECM, "Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior: Presentation of the First Part: The Letter of James"

Bart D. Ehrman, "Novum Testamentum Graece Editio Critica Maior: An Evaluation"

D. C. Parker, "A Critique of the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior"

Peter H. Davids, "Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior: A Non-Specialist's Perspective"

William L. Petersen, "Some Remarks on the First Volume (The Epistle of James) of the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior"

Klaus Wachtel, Co-Editor of the ECM, "Response to Four Reviews of the James Volume of the Editio Critica Maior"

Review Articles

William L. Petersen, "Some Observations on a Recent Edition of and Introduction to Shem-Tob's 'Hebrew Matthew'"

Abstract: George Howard's Hebrew Gospel of Matthew deals with an interesting medieval New Testament version which Howard claims has roots in the first or second century. While Howard's edition of the text (extracted from Shem-Tob's Even Bohan) provides scholars with access to a valuable New Testament witness, as well as a serviceable translation into English, his novel theory concerning the ancient origins of the translation are suspect, particularly in light of comparisons with the Western Diatessaronic tradition.

Editor's Note: A response by George Howard appears in TC 4.


One of the goals of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism is to provide informative and timely reviews of books in the field of biblical textual criticism. Anyone who would like to suggest a book for review or who would like to volunteer to be a reviewer may contact the TC book review editor, Leonard Greenspoon ( or the general editor, James R. Adair (

Raymond F. Person, The Kings-Isaiah and Kings-Jeremiah Recensions (Hermann-Josef Stipp, reviewer)

Timothy H. Lim, Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters (R. Glenn Wooden, reviewer)

Johann Cook, The Septuagint of Proverbs: Jewish and/or Hellenistic Proverbs? Concerning the Hellenistic Colouring of LXX Proverbs (Claude Cox, reviewer)

Kathryn L. Beam and Traianos Gagos, eds., The Evolution of the English Bible: From Papyri to King James (CD-ROM) (D. C. Parker, reviewer)

David Noel Freedman, general editor; Astrid B. Beck, managing editor; Bruce E. Zuckerman and Marilyn J. Lundberg, associate editors; James A. Sanders, publication editor; Bruce E. Zuckerman, Kenneth A. Zuckerman, Marilyn J. Lundberg, and Garth I. Moller, photographers, The Leningrad Codex: A Facsimile Edition (James R. Adair, Jr., reviewer)

J. Lust, E. Eynikel, and K. Hauspie, with the collaboration of G. Chamberlain, A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint, pts. 1-2 (Bernard A. Taylor, reviewer)

Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Klaus Wachtel, Gerd Mink, eds., Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior, vol. IV, installment 1: James (J. K. Elliott, reviewer)