TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism

Volume 13 (2008)


Tobias Nicklas, Das Christentum der Spätantike: Religion von "Büchern", nicht (nur) von Texten Zu einem: Aspekt der "Materialität von Kommunikation"

Abstract: The author explores the question of whether early Christianianty should properly be called a "religion of books" rather than a "religion of the (single) book." He particularly looks at the early Christian use of the codex as the preferred book form.

Paola Marone, Optatus and the African Old Latin

Abstract: This article looks at and analyzes the "African Old Latin" according to Optatus. By examining certain aspects of the quotations within the Adversus donatistas (i.e., quotations that appear in two variant forms), the author attempts to establish the context in which a revision took place.

P. J. Williams, An Evaluation of the Use of the Peshitta as a Textual Witness to Romans

Abstract: The author evaluates NA27's representation of P as a witness to the text of the New Testament. Of 150 variants for which P is cited, he discusses those 48 for which he believes the citations are questionable or wrong.

Gerald Donker, "Athanasius's Contribution to the Alexandrian Textual Tradition of the Pauline Epistles: An Initial Exploration"

Abstract: Athanasius frequently quotes the Pauline epistles in his writings. The author examines and classifies Athanasius's references to these works as citations, adaptations, or allusions. He then considers whether it is likely that Athanasius was quoting from memory or copying a written text. Finally, he discusses the agreement of Athanasius's text with Primary and Secondary Alexandrian witnesses, as well as with the Byzantine text-type.

Peter Hill, "Matthew 16:18 in the Philoxenian Version"

Abstract: Little remains of the Philoxenian version other than quotations from the later writings of Philoxeus himself. The author offers an overview of the problem of identifying quotations from the version, followed by an analysis of one verse--Matt 16:18--in the Philoxenian and in the other Syriac witnesses (Curetonian, Peshitta, Harklean).

Peter Head, The Gospel of Mark in Codex Sinaiticus: Textual and Reception-Historical Considerations

Abstract: The Gospel of Mark is poorly represented among early NT witnesses, so the testimony of Codex Sinaiticus to the text of Mark is particularly important as one of the two earliest complete witnesses. The author considers the presentation of Mark in Sinaiticus, not only the text but also items such as paragraphing, scribal corrections, quire construction, abbreviations, nomina sacra, and Ammonian sections and Eusebian canons. Of particular interest is the question of whether any of the features of the text and its presentation affect the scholar's understanding of the way in which the gospel was understood in the early centuries of Christianity.

Maria Teresa Ortega-Monasterio, Textual Criticism of the Bible in the Spanish Renaissance

Abstract: The textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible advanced greatly in 16th century Spain, especially in connection with the founding of the University of Alcalá and the publication of the Compultensian Polyglot. The two most important figures in this enterprise were Francisco Jiménez Cardinal de Cisneros and Benito Arias Montano.

Curt Niccum, Ms 2345: A 15th Century Ethiopian Manuscript of Acts and the Catholic Epistles

Abstract: The author describes the important 15th century manuscript 2345, once part of a complete New Testament in Geʿez, containing Acts and the Catholic Epistles. He offers a collation of the Catholic Epistles against the critical text edited by Hofmann and Uhlig.


Peter Arzt-Grabner, Ruth Elisabeth Kritzer, Amphilochios Papathomas, and Franz Winter, 1. Korinther (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

Roger S. Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore, Women’s Letters from Ancient Egypt: 300 B.C.-A.D. (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

Pacratius C. Beentjes, “Happy the One who Meditates on Wisdom” (Sir 14,20): Collected Essays on the Book of Ben Sira (Géza G. Xeravits, reviewer)

Christfried Böttrich, ed., Eschatologie und Ethik im frühen Christentum (Albert Hogeterp, reviewer)

Sebastian Brock, The Bible in the Syriac Tradition, 2d ed. (P.J. Williams, reviewer)

Peter Busch, Magie in neutestamentlicher Zeit (Tobias Nicklas, reviewer)

J.W. Childers and D.C. Parker, eds., Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies, Festschrift for Carroll D. Osburn (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

John J. Collins and Craig A. Evans, eds., Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls (J.K. Zangenberg, reviewer)

Linda M. Day, Esther, Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries (Marie-Theres Wacker, reviewer)

Bart D. Ehrman, Studies in the Textual Criticism of the New Testament (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

Ute E. Eisen, Die Poetik der Apostelgeschichte: Eine narratologische Studie (Heike Braun, reviewer)

J.K. Elliott, A Synopsis of the Apocryphal Nativity and Infancy Narratives (Michael W. Holmes, reviewer)

P.W. Flint, E. Tov, and J.C. VanderKam, eds., Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint Presented to Eugene Ulrich (Heinz-Josef Fabry, reviewer)

James M.M. Francis, Adults as Children: Images of Childhood in the Ancient World and the New Testament (Reidar Aasgaard, reviewer)

Josef Hainz, Neues Testament und Kirche: Gesammelte Aufsätze (Nicole Chibici-Revneanu, reviewer)

James Rendel Harris, New Testament Autographs and Other Essays (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

D. E. Hartley, The Wisdom Background and Parabolic Implications of Isaiah 6:9-10 in the Synoptics (Phillip J. Long, reviewer)

Charlotte Hempel and Judith M. Lieu, eds., Biblical Traditions in Transmission: Essays in Honour of Michael A. Knibb (George W. E. Nickelsburg, reviewer)

Juan Hernández, Jr., Scribal Habits and Theological Influences in the Apocalypse: The Singular Readings of Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, and Ephraemi (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

Richard A. Horsley, ed., Christian Origins, A People’s History of Christianity, vol. 1 (Thomas J. Kraus, reviewer)

L.W. Hurtado, ed., The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of an American Treasure Trove (Tommy Wasserman, reviewer)

Karl Jaroš, Das Neue Testament nach den ältesten griechischen Handschriften: Die handschriftliche Überlieferung des Neuen Testaments vor Codex Sinaiticus und Codex Vaticanus (CD-ROM) (D.C. Parker, reviewer)

Othmar Keel and Silvia Schroer, Die Ikonographie Palästinas/Israels und der Alte Orient: Eine Religionsgeschichte in Bildern, Vol. 1: Vom ausgehenden Mesolithikum bis zur Frühbronzezeit (Thomas Hieke, reviewer)

Ralph W. Klein, 1 Chronicles, Hermeneia (Korinna Zamfir, reviewer)

Bart J. Koet, Dreams and Scripture in Luke-Acts: Collected Essays (Heike Braun, reviewer)

Jan Krans, Beyond What is Written: Erasmus and Beza as Conjectural Critics of the New Testament (Paul Foster, reviewer)

André Lemaire, Congress Volume, Leiden 2004 (Thomas Hieke, reviewer)

Johannes Marböck, Weisheit und Frömmigkeit: Studien zur alttestamentlichen Literatur der Spätzeit (Géza G. Xeravits, reviewer)

Séamus O'Connell, From Most Ancient Sources: The Nature and Text-Critical Use of the Greek Old Testament Text of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible (Siegfried Kreuzer, reviewer)

L. Painchaud and P.-H. Poirier, eds., Coptica – Gnostica – Manichaica: Mélanges offerts à Wolf-Peter Funk (Tobias Nicklas, reviewer)

B. Palme, ed., Akten des 23. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses, Wien 22.-28. Juli 2001 (Tobias Nicklas, reviewer)

Hermann Josef Riedl, Anamnese und Apostolizität: Der Zweite Petrusbrief und das theologische Problem neutestamentlicher Pseudepigraphie (Tord Fornberg, reviewer)

Gottfried Schimanowski, Juden und Nichtjuden in Alexandrien: Koexistenz und Konflikte bis zum Pogrom unter Trajan (117 n. Chr.) (Michael Tilly, reviewer)

Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (Jan Krans, reviewer) - restored TC 11 review article

P.S.F. van Keulen and W.T. van Peursen, eds., Corpus Linguistics and Textual History: A Computer-Assisted Approach to the Peshitta (Alison G. Salvesen, reviewer)

Tor Vegge, Paulus und das antike Schulwesen: Schule und Bildung des Paulus (Uta Poplutz, reviewer)

Géza G. Xeravits and József Zsengellér, eds., The Book of Tobit: Text, Tradition, Theology. Papers of the First International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, Pápa, Hungary, 20-21 May, 2004 (Michaela Hallermayer, reviewer)

G.G. Xeravits and J. Zsengellér, eds., The Books of the Maccabees: History, Theology, Ideology (Jan Willem van Henten, reviewer)

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