Report on International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism

Here is a report on the International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism which was apparently the first of its kind to be held in Greece. The theme was New Testament Textual Criticism: Its Significance for Scholarship, Culture and Church.

Here are the three presentations that seem most interesting to me:

Dr. Greg Paulson,  Research Associate at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research of the University of Münster, developed the issue “The development of the ‘Nestle-Aland’ edition”, especially referring to the editions’ history of the particular critical text of the New Testament and its development until today.

Dr. Klaus Wachtel, Senior Researcher at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research of the University of Münster, editorial board member of the critical editions “Novum Testamentum Graece”, “UBS Greek New Testament” and “Editio Critica Maior” who spoke on the “Editio Critica Maior Aperta: Towards an open digital edition of the Greek New Testament.”

Dr. Christos Karakolis, Associate Professor at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Co-Director of the Department for New Testament Textual Criticism of the Volos Theological Academy, and editorial board member of the above abbreviated critical editions of New Testament, who spoke on “The Critical Text of the New Testament from an Orthodox Perspective” pointing out the different perception and objectives between the academic and the ecclesiastical approach to the New Testament Textual Criticism, the usefulness and the feasibility of both approaches and finally the need of drawing up a critical edition of a Post Byzantine Text of the New Testament.

Hopefully these will be made available in some form online. There were other presentations, though so click through and read the whole report.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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