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    Here is a brief update on the International SBL meetings today here in Vienna, Austria. We had some excellent presentations in the session on Working with
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      Here is a brief update on the International SBL meetings today here
      in Vienna, Austria. We had some excellent presentations in the
      session on "Working with Biblical Manuscripts."

      Dr. Tommy Wasserman presented on the topic of "New Manuscripts of the
      Greek New Testament in Vienna." He noted 5 unlisted NT documents
      that he uncovered at the Austrian National Library in Vienna, with
      one fitting the nomenclature of a new manuscript and the others
      primarily being fragments (although one palimpsest might also qualify
      as a ms). He also highlighted the need for compiling a list of
      fragments of NT texts that don't fit into the current system used at
      M√ľnster.

      Dr. Martin Heide spoke on "The Stability of the Transmitted Texts of
      the New Testament and of the Pastor Hermae." He showed how an
      analysis of portions of the early papyri in comparison with the N-A
      text and the Byz text forms in the NT reveals that the copying
      overall was quite good, with an average divergence per ms from these
      two text forms of about 96.3% versus the N-A text and 92.6% for the
      Byz text form. In comparison with this, the early Pastor of Hermas
      mss reveal more divergence, thereby implying a less strict copy
      process. The implication was that the NT mss showed a better copy
      process in their transmission than those of the Pastor of Hermas
      ones, so some assumptions about how NT mss were copied may need to be
      restudied or re-thought.

      Adam Anderson presented research from a joint study by himself and
      Paul Hoskisson on the topic of "To Mar or to Anoint: A New Look at
      Isaiah 52:14." A dual reading of "anoint" and "mar" (readings
      attested textually in the witnesses) was proposed in connection with
      the surrounding verses, with alternative readings in those verses
      being linked to the two meanings in 52:14.

      Jae Hyung Cho's presentation was on the variant readings in 1 Cor.
      15:51. He argued for the reading attested by P46 versus the current
      N-A/UBS text.

      In the evening, the Austrian National Library opened their papyri
      collection's special display to attendees. We had a wonderful time
      looking at one of the best papyri collections in the world, including
      a page from P45 and several other OT and NT mss.

      The meeting continue through Thur. mid-day, but today alone was a
      delightful day for those in textual criticism.

      paz,

      Bill Warren
      Director of the Center for New Testament Textual Studies
      Landrum P. Leavell, II, Professor of New Testament and Greek
      New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
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