A New Edited Volume Honoring Charles E. Hill

Nicholas Reid and I are pleased to announce the release of a new volume that is dedicated to our RTS-Orlando friend and colleague, Chuck Hill, on the occasion of his 65th birthday and retirement (at the end of this semester):

Studies on the Intersection of Text, Paratext, and Reception, TENT 15 (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

This book has been over four years in the making, involving a group of scholars and Brill editors across the world who kept it secret until the retirement celebration on March 3, 2021, when we presented it as a surprise to Dr. Hill.

It brings together thirteen essays that follow the contours of Dr. Hill’s research on ancient biblical manuscripts (the wording and scribal features in the margins) and early church reception (including patristic theology and canon). Hill has embodied the fruit of research across fields that normally operate in silos, and this volume attempts to do the same thing (hence the title).

Video Overview

Part of a video we played at the reception in Dr. Hill’s honor

Table of Contents

We were delighted to have a host of scholars from around the world contribute to the volume. Here are the titles and authors of the chapters of the book.

  1. Punctuation and Paragraphs in P66 (P.Bod. II): Insights into Scribal Behavior (Peter M. Head, Oxford)
  2. The Text and Paratext of Minuscule GA 1424: Initial Observations (Gregory R. Lanier, RTS-O; Moses Han)
  3. Marginal Paratexts in GA 2323: A Thirteenth-Century Witness to the Medieval Reception of Revelation (Peter Malik, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal-Bethel, Germany)
  4. Writing and Writers in Ancient Mesopotamia: A Brief Sketch for New Testament Scholars (J. Nicholas Reid, RTS-O)
  5. On Not Preferring the Shorter Reading: Matthew as a Test Case (Peter J. Gurry, Phoenix Seminary)
  6. Codex Bezae as Repository (Jennifer Knust, Duke University; Tommy Wasserman, Ansgar University College and Theological Seminary, Norway)
  7. What Is a Text? The Linguistic Turn and Its Implications for New Testament Studies (Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College)
  8. Second Peter 3:2, the Apostolate, and a Bi-covenantal Canon (Michael J. Kruger, RTS-C)
  9. MasPsa and the Early History of the Hebrew Psalter: Notes on Canon and Text (Peter J. Gentry, SBTS)
  10. Problems with the Explicit Marking of Quotations in Translations and Scholarly Editions of the New Testament (Peter J. Williams, Tyndale House Cambridge)
  11. Polycarp’s Teaching: The Reception and Development of Theology (Paul Foster, Edinburgh)
  12. A Neglected Reference to John the Elder as Bishop of Ephesus (Const. ap. 7.46.7) (Richard Bauckham, St. Andrews)
  13. The Acts of John within the Johannine Corpus (James Barker, WKU)

Thank you to all these scholars for their hard work in contributing to this volume. It was a joy to partner with Nicholas Reid on the project and get it across the finish line.

Chuck’s Reaction

Priceless (H/T to Ligon Duncan for capturing this moment).

Here’s a nice group shot with Ligon Duncan, me, Chuck, Nicholas Reid, and Scott Swain (L to R)

GA 1424 Essay

As listed above, my own essay for the volume examined the text and marginal annotations found in an early medieval Greek minuscule manuscript that is listed as GA (Gregory-Aland) 1424. It is a particularly important manuscript for the Gospels, where it is a “frequently-cited witness” in the modern critical editions.

This essay began as part of a supervised masters thesis project for Moses Han (recent RTS graduate and teaching assistant for both me and Dr. Hill–and all around great guy), where his task was simply to collate a portion of John as a means of becoming familiar with minuscule paleography and the process of collation. However, he discovered some interesting things in that project, and from there I started down a rabbit trail of studying a bunch of other interesting features of the manuscript.

I presented a portion of this research at ETS 2020 in the textual criticism section, and it’s a pleasure to see the full study in print, with Moses as co-author. It includes a variety of images of the manuscript, which look great in full color in the Brill volume.

Example from page 40
Example from page 51

[Procuring the rights to use these images in the publication was an interesting story in its own right. The manuscript is housed at a fairly remote monastery in Drama, Greece, having been recently returned there (in 2016) after it was stolen over a century ago. Through the industrious labors of an RTS student who happens to be from Athens (George Kantazartzis), we were able to make contact with the monastery (in modern Greek) and sort out permissions.]

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