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Special Research Seminar with PThU Researcher in Residence Tommy Wasserman (Örebro)

Four sessions in April and May 2018 on Tuesdays, 13:00–15:00 at PThU Amsterdam, 1E-18.
Presenters: Ernst Boogert, Jan Krans, Tommy Wasserman and An-Ting Yi.

1. 17 April 2018

Ernst Boogert

The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method and Multiple Emergence of Variant Readings

The presentation addresses a central aspect of the Coherence Based Genealogical Method (CBGM), which is currently used for the production of the Editio Critica Maior of the Greek New Testament. Scholars using the CBGM usually grasp “imperfect coherence” in textual flow diagrams as an indication of multiple and independent emergence of the variant under consideration. We will look into how imperfect coherence is constructed statistically and ask whether multiple emergence is an accurate interpretation of this phenomenon.

2. 24 April 2018

Jan Krans

The Earliest Printed Portions of the Greek New Testament. New Finds and Backgrounds, New Questions

Before Erasmus’ edition (1516) and the Complutensian Polyglot (1520) small portions of the Greek New Testament had already been published, but this history has been little explored. It turns out that more texts than the two mentioned in introductions such as Metzger’s exist. We will study the reasons editors had to include them in their publications, as well as the ways in which they did so.

3. 1 May 2018

An-Ting Yi (Vrije Universiteit)

Bentley’s Text of the Greek New Testament. Galatians as a Test Case

Richard Bentley’s proposed edition of the Greek New Testament will be examined by looking into his text of Galatians and its critical apparatus. Through data-driven research both the pioneering nature of Bentley’s project and its limitations are to be shown.

4. 8 May 2018

Tommy Wasserman (Örebro Teologiska Högskola)

Greek Manuscripts Forged by Constantine Simonides

Constantine Simonides was one of the most notorious manuscript forgers in history. He lived from 1820 to 1867—or was it perhaps from 1824 to 1890? He seems to have lied about his date of birth and faked his own death. In the introduction to his facsimile edition of the so-called “Codex Mayerianus,” a purported first-century papyrus manuscript containing portions of Matthew, James, and Jude, Simonides describes in vivid words how he made this amazing discovery in February 1860 as he was searching through the collection in its owner Joseph Mayer’s (a Liverpool goldsmith and collector of antiquities) private museum. This “discovery” marks the peak of Simonides’ activities as a forger of Greek manuscripts. He introduces to the world an actual autograph copy of the New Testament written no later than 15 years after Christ’s ascension and dictated by the evangelist Matthew himself. The presentation will offer a few glimpses of Simonides’ life and activities, with a specific focus on his forgeries of New Testament manuscripts.

More information

Colleagues and master students are kindly invited—admission is free. For more information: j.l.h.krans@pthu.nl. Please send a message if you want to receive preparatory material.