Here you will find occasional updates and information about IGNTP’s work.
IGNTP launches 'Text-Critical Thursdays' online seminar
31 March, 2020
From May 2020 onwards, the IGNTP is launching an online text-critical seminar for presentations from conferences which have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. These will be held for an hour every Thursday in May and June. Further infomation has been posted on ITSEE news. Those interested in joining the seminar should join the dedicated NTTC mailing list, hosted by JISCmail.
Co-Editor appointed for the Epistle to the Colossians
5 December, 2019
Professor Curt Niccum of Abilene Christian University, Texas, has been appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for the Epistle to the Colossians. Prof. Niccum and his colleagues plan to make electronic transcriptions of the manuscripts selected for the Editio Critica Maior of this Epistle in the next three years. The initial selection of manuscripts for all the Pauline Epistles, based on Text und Textwert, has now been published by Prof. Houghton in the Festschrift for Klaus Wachtel (download here). Prof. Niccum's appointment means that all of the Pauline Epistles have now been assigned to members of the IGNTP, with work proceeding on transcriptions.
W.J. (Bill) Elliott (1938–2019)
22 November, 2019
The IGNTP has received news of the death of Bill Elliott, a member of the committee since 1980, on 17 November 2019. Bill's MA thesis (1969) and PhD thesis (1974) were undertaken at Birmingham under the direction of Neville Birdsall. Following this, he became the most active collator of manuscripts for the IGNTP while ministering as a parish priest in the Church of England, spending several decades as Rector of Elstree. In 2000, Bill became a research fellow for three years on the Principio Project at the University of Birmingham, and served as a co-editor for the IGNTP's work on John. Bill will be remembered at the IGNTP committee meeting in San Diego next week.
Co-Editor appointed for the Epistle to the Hebrews
4 March, 2019
At the IGNTP committee meeting today, Professor Martin Karrer of the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal-Bethel was appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for the Epistle to the Hebrews. Prof. Karrer and his team expect to begin their work with an application for funding to begin in 2022 after they have completed the Editio Critica Maior of the Apocalypse.
Co-Editor appointed for the Epistles to the Thessalonians
19 April, 2018
Professor Ekaterini Tsalampouni, of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, has been appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Among her other responsibilities, Prof. Tsalampouni is leading a New Testament manuscript transcription project in Greece, in collaboration with Prof. Christos Karakolis in Athens. While the focus of this project is on the Byzantine transmission of the New Testament, its data is also expected to contribute to the Editio Critica Maior of the Thessalonian correspondence.
IGNTP Transcriptions Released under New Licence
21 December, 2017
The IGNTP has now licensed 350 of its transcriptions of Greek New Testament manuscripts under the Creative Commons Attribution licence, meaning that these files are freely available for re-use. The transcriptions of John are available to view and download at the website www.iohannes.org/transcriptions. A companion site for the Pauline Epistles is at www.epistulae.org. In addition, further information and links to download multiple files are provided on the "Resources: Transcriptions" page of the current website. The transcriptions are encoded in XML and conform to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative.
Dr P.J. Williams, chair of the IGNTP committee, said: A huge amount of work has gone into these transcriptions, both from research projects funded by the British Academy and Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the work of volunteers from across the world. We are keen that the results of this pioneering effort to make full-text searchable transcriptions of New Testament manuscripts should be as freely available for re-use as possible, enabling others to carry out new research on the textual evidence for the New Testament in addition to our own work on the Editio Critica Maior.
New interface for transcriptions of John
1 August, 2017
The IGNTP transcriptions of John in Greek, Latin and Coptic have been released in a new interface at www.iohannes.com/transcriptions. The new interface provides cross-browser support and an improved presentation for manuscripts in multiple columns. The raw XML for each transcription continues to be available for download from a link on each transcription.
Scholarship in Honour of J. David Thomas
4 May, 2017
Wolfson College, Oxford, has announced a new scholarship for doctoral students working on Greek or Latin papyrology and palaeography. The David Thomas Graduate Scholarship in Ancient Documents is named after J. David Thomas, who served on the IGNTP committee from 1990 to 2007.
Agreement signed for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles
11 April, 2017
An agreement has been signed with the INTF and the German Bible Society for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles. The edition of all fourteen Epistles will be overseen by Dr Hugh Houghton, Executive Editor of the IGNTP, and Prof. Dr. Holger Strutwolf, Director of the INTF as General Editors. The preparation of individual Epistles will be undertaken by separate editorial teams.
Co-Editor appointed for Pastoral Epistles
28 March, 2017
At the IGNTP committee meeting earlier this month, Dr Andrew Smith was appointed as a co-editor for the Pauline Epistles, with particular responsibility for the Pastoral Epistles. Dr Smith is currently overseeing a transcription project for the Pastoral Epistles and will serve an initial term of five years.
New IGNTP website
14 February, 2017
The IGNTP is grateful to Peter Gurry of Gurry Design for creating the new look website. The old website had been in the same format since it was created ten years ago, and was in need of an overhaul.
Election of Executive Editor for Paul
25 November, 2016
At the IGNTP committee meeting held during the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on 20 November 2016, the committee elected Dr Hugh Houghton as Executive Editor for the Pauline Epistles. Like Professor David Parker, Executive Editor of the Gospel according to John, Dr Houghton is based at ITSEE in the University of Birmingham.
ECM session at SBL Annual Meeting 2016
20 October, 2016
Following the pattern established in recent years, there will be a session at this year's SBL Annual Meeting devoted to the Editio Critica Maior. Papers will be given by Holger Strutwolf ('Towards a Typology of Patristic Citations from the Synoptic Gospel'), Grant Edwards ('A New Collation of 2 Thessalonians: A Possible Starting Point for an ECM Volume'), Darius Müller ('The Selection of the Manuscripts for the Apocalypse ECM') and Siegfried Richter ('Coptic Evidence and Greek Manuscript Tradition'). This will be followed by one of the biannual IGNTP committee meetings (members only). Further details can be found on the SBL website.