Comparison and Collation of Mandaean Texts

The second paper this morning was by Tania Notarius, and is on the relationship between a variety of overlapping and partially-overlapping manuscripts we have, each of which is a compilation of smaller collections of individual magical incantations, together with explanations for how to use them. Often these sorts of things were copied by scribes who [Read More...]

More on Mumpsimus

Two comments on my recent “Mumpsimus” post seemed worth sharing. First, James Snapp shared an anecdote about the origin of the term: The story goes that there was a medieval priest who habitually mispronounced part of the liturgy; when he was supposed to say “sumpsimus” (we have taken/consumed), he instead said “mumpsimus,” a non-word. He [Read More...]

Class on Textual Criticism

I’ve been looking back through some early attempts at recording my classes, to see if there is anything useful. On several occasions the lapel microphone’s battery went dead before the end of the class. But since the first part of some of these classes contains useful material, I thought I’d edit that portion out and [Read More...]

Agreement in Error and Common Origin

Readers of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog will have seen the post about how shared transcriptional errors are evidence of two texts having a common ancestor. Given that there is still resistance to the acceptance of mainstream science among some Evangelicals, I thought it appropriate to mention that the exact same reasoning is used in [Read More...]

Earliest Manuscript of Mark’s Gospel Found…on Facebook?!

A Facebook friend asked me about this image earlier today, and when I asked about its source, I received no reply. Someone else, however, mentioned that the infamous D. M. Murdock as having already been discussing it online, making me even more suspicious. But a couple of bibliobloggers have posted the picture, and so I [Read More...]

Patience, Not Undue Skepticism, Appropriate Regarding Early Mark Manuscript Claims

Several bloggers, including myself, have urged folks not to get too excited at this early stage about rumors regarding a very early – indeed, first-century – fragment of the Gospel of Mark having been found. But it is important that one respond with calm patience, not with the assumption that the claim is bogus. To [Read More...]

The Earliest Manuscript of Mark’s Gospel?

The news is circulating from a blog post by Dan Wallace (picked up by Joel Watts and Brian LePort) that a manuscript of the Gospel of Mark has been found which has been dated on paleographical grounds to the first century. [The photo included in this post is not a photo of the manuscript in question. [Read More...]

God’s Own Blood in Acts 20:28? Christology and Textual Criticism

Brian LePort has posted on one of the different manuscript readings in Acts 20:28. For those who may be new to the topic, there are two important variants in that verse in the Greek manuscripts we have. On the one hand, manuscripts vary on reading “church of God” or “church of the Lord.” On the [Read More...]


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