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Monday, August 6, 2018

Liturgy and the New Testament

Prof. Gregory Paulson of the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung in Münster very kindly drew my attention to a new collection just published by Gorgias Press (which I'm always happy to mention given their vast and unrivaled attention to Eastern, and especially Syriac, Christian realities): Liturgy and the Living Text of the New Testament: Papers from the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, ed. H. A. G. Houghton (2018), 319pp. As you'll see from the table of contents below, considerable attention is paid to Greek, Byzantine, and Coptic realities.

About this collection the publisher tells us the following:
The textual history of the New Testament is a dynamic tradition, reflecting differing readings, interpretations and uses of its canonical writings. Twenty years after the publication of D.C. Parker’s celebrated volume The Living Text of the Gospels, the papers in this collection (first presented at the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament) provide further insight into the lives of the New Testament text. One especially important focus for the New Testament as “living text” is its use in Christian worship: individual chapters examine the importance of liturgical manuscripts in Coptic and Greek traditions, alongside consideration of broader themes related to the lectionary text. Several famous biblical passages are the subject of extended treatment, including the Pericope Adulterae, Jesus’ teaching on the Temple in Mark, and the Lukan genealogy. The contributions represent original research by an international range of scholars, first presented at the Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament.
The table of contents:
List of Contributors (vii)
List of Abbreviations (xi)
Introduction (xiii)

1. Was There an Alexandrian Recension of the Living Text? TOMMY WASSERMAN (1)

2. The Living Text of Mark 13:2: Western Witnesses and the Book of Daniel. JEFF CATE (25)

3. One or Two Cups? The Text of Luke 22:17–20 Again. THOMAS O’LOUGHLIN (51)

4. The Lukan Genealogy (Luke 3:23–38) as a Living Text: The Genealogy of Jesus in the Traditions of Codex Bezae and Aphrahat. PETER E. LORENZ (71)

5. A Proposal For a Critical Edition of the Greek New Testament Lectionary. GREGORY S. PAULSON (121)

6. Some Notes on the Pericope Adulterae in Byzantine Liturgy. TEUNIS VAN LOPIK (151)

7. ‘Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom’: Variation in Theological Titles in the Greek Lectionary of Acts. SAMUEL GIBSON (177)

8. Is There Evidence For a Lectionary Text in Sahidic Coptic? MATTHIAS H.O. SCHULZ (197)

9. The Influence of the Catenae on the Most Recent Modern Greek New Testament Translation of the Hellenic Bible Society. THEODORA PANELLA (225)

10. From Inner-Jewish Debate to Anti-Jewish Polemic? The Transformation of the Gospel of John within its Textual Transmission. HANS FÖRSTER (245)

11. Inventing New Testaments. D.C. PARKER (269)

Index (287)

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