Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

Orchard Learning Resource Centre (OLRC), Selly Oak Campus
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Students
Monday 2nd (14:30) - Thursday 5th March 2015 (20:00)
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In conjunction with the European Research Council COMPAUL project, the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament will focus on biblical commentaries from the second to the twelfth century and will be held at the University of Birmingham's Selly Oak Campus. 


Monday 2 March

  • From 14:00:  Registration (OLRC Room G08)
  • Session 1: Origen 
    • 14.30   Welcome
    • 14.45   Ronald Heine, “Origen’s Gospel Commentaries”
    • 15.40   Carl J. Berglund, “Quotation practices in Origen’s Commentary on the Gospel of John: How dependable are his quotations of John, Paul and Heracleon?”
  • 16.10:  Tea / Coffee Break
  • Session 2: Origen and Early Traditions 
    • 16.30  Christina Kreinecker, “The Biblical Text in Rufinus’ Translation of Origen’s Commentary on Romans”
    • 17.00  Rory P. Crowley, “Justin’s Dialogue 88 and His Commentaries on the Baptism Material: Implications for the Variant Form of the Heavenly Voice in Luke 3:22”
    • 17.30  Rosalind MacLachlan, “The Context of Commentary: Non-Biblical Commentaries in the Early Christian Period”
    • 18.00  Session concludes
  • 18.30:  Dinner

Tuesday 3 March

  • Session 3: Earlier Latin Tradition
    • 09.00   Lukas J. Dorfbauer, “The Rediscovery of a Supposedly Lost Fourth- Century Work: Bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia and his Commentary on the Gospels”
    • 09.45   Susan Griffith, “Sources and texts in Ambrose’s Commentary on Luke”
    • 10.15  Thomas O’Loughlin, “Capitula as commentary in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:1-7:28): the implicit exegesis in Latin division systems
  • 10.45: Tea / Coffee Break
  • Session 4: Later Latin Tradition
    • 11.15  Shari Boodts & Gert Partoens, “The critical edition of Florus of Lyons’ Expositio epistolarum beati Pauli apostoli. State of the art and new results.”
    • 11.45  Maria Valeria Ingegno, “Patristic Sources for the Pauline Epistle Commentary of Gilbert de la Porée”
    • 12.15  Alexander Andrée, “Peter Comestor and the Glossa 'ordinaria' on the Gospels”
  • 13.00: Lunch
  • Excursion to Worcester (optional)

Wednesday 4 March

  • Session 5: Catenae 1
    • 09.00    Gilles Dorival, “Biblical catenae”
    • 10.00  Klaus Wachtel, “Coherence and History: Commentary Manuscripts in Acts and the Catholic Letters”
    • 10.30  John Gram and Bruce Morrill, “Parsing Paul: Layout and Sampling Divisions in Pauline Commentaries”
  • 11.00:  Extended Tea / Coffee Break
  • Session 6: Catenae 2 
    • 12.00  Will Lamb, “Catenae and the Art of Memory”
    • 12.45   Dora Panella, “Jesus’ Post-resurrection appearances in 1Cor 15:5-8 and their interpretation in the catenae of Oecumenius, Theophylact and Zygabenus.”
  • 13.15:  Lunch
  • Session 7: Versions 
    • 14.15   Matthias Schulz, “Catena Manuscripts in the Coptic Tradition – An Overview”
    • 14.45  Carol Downer, "A consideration of some texts from de Lagarde's Coptic Catena"
    • 15.00   Carla Falluomini, “The citations of the Gothic New Testament in the Skeireins commentary”  
  • 15.30 Tea / Coffee Break
  • Session 8: Revelation and Romans
    • 16.00   Garick V. Allen, “The Scholia in Apocalypsin: The Edition of P. Tzamalikos (2013) and Scriptural Interpretation in Manuscript 2351”
    • 16.30   Agnès Lorrain, “Theodoret’s text of Romans”
    • 17.00   Jan Krans “Romans in the Hands of Radical Commentators”
    • 17.30  Concluding round table
    • 18.00  Session concludes
  •  Conference Dinner (optional)
    • 19.00   Dinner in University Banqueting Suite, Edgbaston Campus
    • After-dinner speaker: Professor Gordon Campbell 

Thursday 5 March

  • Departure


Booking information

Booking for the colloquium continues to be open until 1st February 2015, using the form which may be downloaded from We have reserved a number of en-suite rooms at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, which is set in spacious gardens near the Selly Oak Campus of the University of Birmingham: theses will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. All enquiries should be addressed to

Selected papers from the 8th Colloquium have recently been published as “Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament”, edited by H A G Houghton (Gorgias Press, 2014).


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