Draft programme: Tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

The draft programme is now available for the tenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament.

An array of international speakers, ranging from doctoral students to world-renowned established scholars, will speak at the colloquium to be held Birmingham this March, focussing on the significance of liturgy in the textual transmission of the New Testament and on D.C. Parker's The Living Text of the Gospels twenty years after its publication.

Booking is open until 20 February, using the booking form: there is a discount for bookings received and paid by 13 January.

Draft programme (all details may be subject to change)

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Monday 20 March

13.45–14.45 IGNTP committee meeting (members only)

15.00 Welcome (Hugh Houghton)
15.10 Samuel Gibson (Oxford), “‘Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom’: Divine Names and Titles in the Greek Lectionary of Acts.”
15.40 Klaus Wachtel (Münster), “The text of Acts in the Byzantine manuscript edition known as Kr.” 

16.30 Gregory S. Paulson (Münster), “Proposal for a Critical Edition of the Lectionary Text”

17.00 Matthias Schulz (Vienna), “Coptic liturgical manuscripts – Reconstruction and Reliability for New Testament Textual Criticism.”
17.30 Maia Ninidze and Ketevan Gigashvili (Tbilisi), “The Old Georgian Manuscripts and Editions of the Gospel and Liturgical Texts.”

Tuesday 21 March

  • 9.15 Theodora Panella (Birmingham), “The Influence of the Catenae on Modern Greek New Testament Translations.”
  • 9.45 Christina Kreinecker (Salzburg), “Translations of Scripture: Expression or Destroyer of a Living Text tradition?”
  • 10.15 Simon Crisp (Birmingham), “Is There an Original Text in this Class? Revisiting David Parker’s Living Text from the Perspective of Translation Studies.”
  • 11.15 Michael Dormandy (Cambridge), “How the Books Became the Bible: Work-Combinations in Manuscripts and the Origins of the New Testament Canon.”
  • 11.45 Satoshi Toda (Sapporo), “Written Documents as Fixed Points in the Earliest Life of the Text of the Gospels.”
Afternoon: Excursion to Coventry with a guided tour of the Cathedral


Wednesday 22 March

  • 9.30 Pete Lorenz (Münster), “Codex Bezae’s Lukan Genealogy (Luke 3:23-38) as a ‘Living Text’.”
  • 10.00 Thomas O’Loughlin (Nottingham), “Luke 22:17-20 as an Example of the Gospels as Living Texts within the Churches.”
  • 11.00 Teunis van Lopik (Amsterdam), “The Influence of the Liturgy on the Textual History of the Pericopa Adulterae: Some Notes.”
  • 11.30 Tommy Wasserman (Örebro) and Jennifer Knust (Boston), “The Significance of Liturgy in the Textual Transmission of the Pericope of the Adulteress.”
  • 14.30 Jeff Cate (California), “The Living Text of Temple Replacement in Mark 13:2.”
  • 15.00 Hans Förster (Vienna), “Textual Observations on ‘the’ Law and ‘the’ Fathers in John 7.” 
  • 16.00 Tommy Wasserman (Örebro), “Was There an Early Alexandrian Recension of the Living Text of the Gospels?”
  • 16.30 Ian Mills (North Carolina), “The Wrong Gospel Harmony. Against the Diatessaronic Character of the Dura Parchment.”
  • 17.00 Panel Discussion (David Parker)

Evening: Conference Dinner.

Thursday 23 March

IGNTP Versionists meeting (by invitation only)

Further information about the Birmingham Colloquium may be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/colloquium