Old texts, new understandings

This year’s outstanding T.V. Moore Lecture Series will take place Friday, April 8

Alba

A new era dawns for the printing of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts of the Bible and the Qur’an. New manuscript discoveries and understandings of how scriptural texts were affected by the culture of manuscripts have set in motion major international text projects. These projects are animated by new concepts in how texts should be presented in printed editions, and eventually in translations.

This dramatic era is exemplified by an emerging edition of the Hebrew Bible, the latest edition of the Greek New Testament, a new in-depth examination of the Old Latin Bible (a text which is uncontrolled by any church authority and frequently inaccurate), and the recent rediscovery of one of the oldest known manuscripts of the Qur’anic text. What is new about these discoveries and understandings, and what do they mean for our understanding of the Bible? What do early Qur’anic manuscripts tell us about the use of the Qur’anic text at the beginning of Islam? About its stability and/or fluidity?

Participants in the T.V. Moore lectures are:

Alba Fedeli, Research Fellow at the Center for Religious Studies at Central European University, Budapest, rediscovered one of the oldest Qur’anic manuscripts. Her lecture is: Editing Qur’anic manuscripts: the case of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest and its digital edition: ‘Are we producing data or texts?’

Ron Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Berkeley, California, general editor of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition. He lecture is: The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition: Restoring a Multiple Text

David Trobisch, Museum of the Bible. Director of Collections. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC and one of five editors of the Novum Testamentum Graece at the Münster Institute for New Testament Textual Research. His lecture is: The Text of the New Testament: Is there an original?

Annette Weissenrieder, Associate Professor of New Testament, with Professor Dr. Thomas Bauer from the University of Erfurt, co-editor of the Old Latin Bible of the Gospel of Luke and Matthew. Her lecture is: The new edition of the Old Latin Synoptic Gospels: What do these texts tell us about early Christianity?

Schedule
The agenda for the Friday, April 8 lecture series is as follows:

8:45am Welcome
9:00–10:20amRon HendelThe Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition: Restoring a Multiple Text
10:20–10:30am Break
10:30am–12:00pm Alba FedeliEditing Qur'anic manuscripts: the case of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest and its digital edition: 'Are we producing data or texts?'
12:00-1:45pmBreak / Chapel
1:45-3:15 David TrobischThe Text of the New Testament: Is there an original?
3:15–3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30-4:45pmAnnette WeissenriederThe new edition of the Old Latin Synoptic Gospels: What do these texts tell us about early Christianity?

About the T.V. Moore Lectures

Thomas Verner (T.V.) Moore was an SFTS professor in the early 20th century with a commitment to the Reformed tradition. He left an endowment through his estate for a T.V. Moore lecture series, which was first held in 1938. Since that time, SFTS has welcomed many esteemed speakers to continue the tradition of the annual lecture series.