Re: [textualcriticism] PhD programs in OT text
- Leiden University is very strong in this area and offers an online masters level course called Textual Criticism and Textual History of the Old Testament.Scott Charlesworth----- Original Message -----From: Minton, RonSent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 1:13 AMSubject: [textualcriticism] PhD programs in OT text
I just received the note below (partial) from a previous student who is academically oriented and, I feel, is qualified to do PhD work. Can anyone recommend some schools that fit his interest?
Hi Dr. Minton,
Hopefully you are still getting emails at this address. I recently did a quick survey of the TNIV, and found the number of times non-Hebrew sources are cited for variant readings. I got the following totals:
LXX: 313 times
Syriac: 116 times
Vulgate: 76 times
Dead Sea Scrolls: 42 times
Samaritan Pentateuch: 21 times
"Probable reading of the original Hebrew text" (conjecture): 15 times
Targum: 12 times
"An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition" (Qere): 8 times
Aquila: 7 times
Symmachus: 2 times
Theodotion: 2 times
Old Latin: 2 times
Arabic: 2 times
Josephus: 1 time
I was just thinking about exploring Ph.D. programs where I could do work in OT text criticism. Any ideas?
> I just received the note below (partial) from a previous student who isDoctoral work on the TC of the HB can be pursued at Aberdeen University
> academically oriented and, I feel, is qualified to do PhD work. Can
> anyone recommend some schools that fit his interest?
under Joachim Schaper, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer or myself.
- "Daniel Buck" wrote:
> I imagine Josephus is cited [in the TNIV] for Saul's age in ISamuel 13:1. That's quite inconsistent in my opinion, since no one
that I know of has ever followed the reading of Josephus, Julius
Africanus, or any historian for the name of Salah's father in Luke
3:36. Following the text makes no less sense historically in one
passage than the other, and there's ancient evidence (02 03 and 05,
respectively) for omitting both problem passages altogether.>
I checked into this myself, and my surmising was untrue. The TNIV
cites Byzantine manuscripts for Saul's age (30), and a textual
reconstruction for the years of his reign (42)--thus reversing the
numbers in the original NASB.
The Qumran scroll 4Q51 has a Hebrew text which seems to underlie the
LXX in I and II Samuel, but it is deficient before chapter 14, so
there's no B.C.E. MS evidence for or against the inclusion of I
Likewise, there's no equally ancient evidence for or against the
inclusion of "Cainan" in Genesis 5:24 (which is presumed to underlie
Luke 3:36). So the CBT's inequal treatment of these two passages
serves as a lopsided exception to their general tendency to add to
the Hebrew and subtract from the Greek.