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Gathering Interest

Overview

Study the early Syriac texts and make comparisons with other texts and translations with the Gorgias Texts and Studies Collection. Delve into the collected works of renowned textual critic Neville Birdsall, or study papers from the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. Learn about the scribes who copied the Codex Sinaiticus, Leningrad Codex, and New Testament and discover the impact they had on the texts themselves. These volumes provide in depth analysis of various early biblical texts from leading experts. They present fresh insight into how the texts were translated, copied, and passed on to succeeding generations, and how they influenced our understanding of God’s Word today.

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Key Features

  • Offers a variety of textual criticisms
  • Compares and contrasts Syriac texts with other translations
  • Presents the collected works of renowned scholars and academic summits

Individual Titles

Collected Papers in Greek and Georgian Textual Criticism

  • Author: Neville Birdsall
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 308

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This volume presents the most influential papers of the late New Testament textual critic Neville Birdsall. It includes important studies of the Greek witnesses to the New Testament text, the Georgian version of the New Testament, and the theory of textual criticism. Other subjects include palaeography, patristic literature, and the early versions of the New Testament. As well as making accessible the fruit of a lifetime of scholarship, this volume demonstrates the author’s standing as one of the most learned and wide-ranging New Testament textual scholars of modern times.

Neville Birdsall (1928–2005) was a renowned biblical scholar in England. He was emeritus professor of New Testament studies at Birmingham University. He began as a Baptist minister before entering academia. He earned his PhD from Nottingham University in 1959. He was lecturer in New Testament studies at Leeds University from 1956 to 1961, and taught the same subject at Birmingham University from 1961 to 1983. From 1983 to 1986 he was professor in New Testament studies and textual criticism at Birmingham. He authored numerous essays and articles.

Early Syriac Translation Technique and the Textual Criticism of the Greek Gospels

  • Author: P.J. Williams
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 354

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Investigate a wide range of textual phenomena as P.J. Williams guides you through the most extensive study of its kind, formulating clear and simple rules for the use of Syriac texts as witness to the underlying Greek. Williams uncovers a large number of errors that raise fundamental questions about how we treat early versions of the New Testament and cast fresh light on the relationship between the Syriac Gospels and the Greek manuscript.

Williams concludes that it is plausible and in many cases probable that divergences of Old Syriac and Peshitta Gospel texts from the extant Greek texts were produced during the process of translation, and that the problems involved in explaining some of them as resulting from a variant Vorlage are immense.

New Testament Abstracts

Williams’ meticulously detailed work deserves the utmost praise.

—Tobias Nicklas, professor of exegesis and hermeneutics of the New Testament, University of Regensburg

This is an impressive study, consultation of which is a must for anyone utilizing the Syriac versions for text-critical purposes. The comprehensive Scripture index provides a handy point of entry for those working on specific texts.

Michael W. Holmes, professor of biblical studies and early Christianity, Bethel University

P.J. Williams is author of Studies in the Syntax of the Peshitta of 1 Kings. For five years he was affiliated lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic in Cambridge University and research fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He is now lecturer in New Testament at Aberdeen University.

Language and Textual History of the Syriac Bible: Collected Studies

  • Author: Jan Joosten
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 328

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Examine a collection of pilot studies which sheds light on the relationship between the Syriac Old Testament and the Syriac New Testament. Jan Joosten claims that the evidence indicates that the Syriac and Peshitta gospels preserve echoes of an Aramaic gospel tradition that bypasses the more common Greek gospels and gives independent access to the earliest oral traditions on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

Jan Joosten is professor of biblical languages at the University of Strasbourg in France. He earned his PhD in Jerusalem in 1989 and his ThD in Brussels in 1994. He is the author of several works, including The Syriac Language of the Peshitta and Old Syriac Versions of Matthew.

Scribal Habits of Codex Sinaiticus

  • Author: Dirk Jongkind
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 342

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This book studies a wide variety of textual and non-textual phenomena of Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest manuscript containing the complete text of the New Testament. The Codex Sinaiticus is not a homogeneous book, but the product of individuals with their own habits and different qualities. Learn more about this important biblical manuscript, and about the individual scribes. Dirk Jongkind shows that it is possible to rate the scribes of the New Testament according to their individual copying ability.

Dirk Jongkind earned his PhD from Cambridge University in 2005. He worked on the curatorial preparation of the Codex Sinaiticus Digitization Project for the British Library before taking up a research fellowship at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He is a fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Scribal Wit: Aramaic Mnemonics in the Leningrad Codex

  • Author: David Marcus
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 198

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In this volume, David Marcus analyzes the Aramaic mnemonics—short witticisms serving as memory aids—on the margins of the Leningrad Codex. The material is presented in clear, user-friendly charts. Each mnemonic is set alongside the Hebrew verses it represents. Every Aramaic part of the mnemonic is placed on a matching line with its Hebrew equivalent, and both are highlighted in different fonts. David Marcus demonstrates the ingenuity of the Masoretes in preserving the Hebrew Bible in precisely the form it reached them. Marcus explains the reason for every Masoretic note represented in the mnemonics, and presents evidence supporting the view that the Masoretes were incipient grammarians.

David Marcus is professor of Bible, ancient Semitics, and Masorah at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of two language manuals, one on Akkadian, the ancient language of Mesopotamia, and the other on the Aramaic of the Babylonian Talmud. His book Jephthah and His Vow challenges the widespread opinion that Jephthah put his daughter to death, and his book From Balaam to Jonah: Anti-Prophetic Satire in the Hebrew Bible explores the use of satire in the Hebrew Bible. He also authored the book of Ezra–Nehemiah for the new Biblia Hebraica Quinta series being published in Stuttgart by the German Bible Society.

Studies in the Early Text of the Gospels and Acts: The Papers of the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

  • Author: David G.K. Taylor
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 300

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David G.K. Taylor edits this collection of papers from the First Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, held in 1997. The internationally-renowned contributors consider questions of history and methodology, as well as investigating individual points of textual interest. Topics related to editorial technique include examinations of aspects of the Textus Receptus, the ‘Pre-Johannine Text’ of the Gospel, the ratings system in the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament, and the application of probability theory to textual transmission. There are thorough surveys of non-continuous papyrus witnesses to the New Testament and the Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony, alongside studies of variation in the form of the Beatitudes and the location of Emmaus.

David G. K. Taylor is university lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac and fellow of Wolfson College in Oxford. Prior to that, he was on the staff of the theology department in the University of Birmingham. He has published widely in Syriac Studies and is series editor of the Library of the Christian East, as well as one of the founding editors of Texts and Studies, Third Series.

Studies in the Peshitta of Kings: The Transmission and Revision of the Text, Relations with other Texts, and Translation Features

  • Author: Donald M. Walter
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 188

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In this study, Donald M. Wlater examines the manuscript variants of the Peshitta of Kings, and presents the results of his doctoral dissertation on 2 Kings, updated based on the findings of part 1. Walter looks into the influences, histories, and deviations of various translations of the standard Syriac translation of Kings and its tangential connection to other books in the Bible.

Donald M. Walter is emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Davis and Elkins College, where he has taught since 1965. He holds a ThM and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1959. Walter edited Psalms and Jeremiah for the Peshitta Institute’s critical edition of the Old Testament. He also edited Volume 1 of the Institute’s Concordance to the Torah and is the first translator of Kings for the Institute’s Edessa Bible.

Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies?: Papers from the Fifth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

  • Author: H.A.G. Houghton and D.C. Parker
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 209

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This book challenges the assumption that scribes changed the text of the New Testament, claiming instead that variant readings are due to theological motivation and social differences. Editors H.A.G. Houghton and D.C. Parker gather evidence from some of the earliest surviving biblical manuscripts and reconstruct the copying habits of scribes, exploring the contexts in which they worked. Alongside these are studies of selected early Christian authors and writings, which illustrate attitudes to and examples of textual change.

H.A.G. Houghton is a research fellow in theology at the University of Birmingham, working on an edition of the Vetus Latina Iohannes. He is also a member of the International Greek New Testament Project committee.

D.C. Parker is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham and a director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He is executive editor of the International Greek New Testament Project.

The East Syriac Psalm Headings: A Critical Edition

  • Author: Herculaas Frederik Van Rooy
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 286

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East Syriac Psalm Headings describes the history of the research of these headings, presenting a new critical edition using unpublished manuscripts not previously utilized. Researcher Herculaas Frederik Van Rooy includes four different sets of headings from an important manuscript, with a translation and detailed discussion of each.

Herculaas Frederik Van Rooy is director of the research unit for reformed theology and the development of the South African Society. He has taught theology at North-West University’s School for Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in Potchefstroom, South Africa, since 1980, and has served as dean and deputy dean of theology. He was minister of the Reformed Church in Koster from 1977 to 1979. He has a ThD in theology and a DLitt in Semitics. He has published several books, articles, and papers and received numerous academic awards and honors.

Product Details

  • Title: Gorgias Texts and Studies Collection
  • Series: Text and Studies
  • Series Editor: H.A.G. Houghton
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 2,513

About the Editor

H.A.G. Houghton is a research fellow in theology at the University of Birmingham, working on an edition of the Vetus Latina Iohannes. He is also a member of the International Greek New Testament Project committee.