The Birmingham Colloquia on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
In 2009, the Sixth Colloquium will be held in conjunction with the British Library, to mark the completion of the Codex Sinaiticus Project. It will run from 9.30am on 6th July to 4.00pm on 7th July, and be held in the British Library Conference Centre.
The latest versional of the provisional programme is available here.
The keynote speaker is Eldon J. Epp, and other presenters include: Christfried Böttrich, Christopher Clarkson, Harry Y. Gamble, Dirk Jongkind, René Larsen, David Parker, Albert Pietersma, Emanuel Tov, David Trobisch and Klaus Wachtel.
Registration is now open. The conference fee is £75 (£40 for students), and the form can be downloaded here to be sent with a cheque in pounds sterling (made payable to The British Library) to Gareth Burfoot, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
These details can also be seen on the Codex Sinaiticus website.
Regular visitors to the colloquia may also be interested in two one day workshops in Birmingham following the Codex Sinaiticus launch:
Wednesday, 8 July: a day focusing on the Mingana Collection, to celebrate the launch of the first phase of the Virtual Manuscript Room, a resource on the internet for scholars working with manuscripts and texts. Speakers include a number of experts in Arabic texts and manuscripts. Details will appear shortly on this website. If you are interested in attending, please contact Frouke Schrijver.
Thursday, 9 July: The International Greek New Testament Project is hosting a one-day seminar. The subject is a single Greek manuscript of the Gospels, Birmingham University Library, Mingana MS Peckover Gr. 7 (Gregory-Aland 713 and L586). A number of speakers will discuss different aspects of the manuscript, including its miniatures, a comparison between the art-historical and textual evidence (Kathleen Maxwell), the recent history (Lionel North), the palaeography (David Parker or any other interested party), the lectionary evidence and the palimpsested manuscript (Chris Jordan), the textual history (Klaus Wachtel), the possible Diatessaronic unique logion of Jesus at Mt 17.21, together with its relationship to the Syriac and Armenian versions of Ephrem's commentary (Ulrich Schmid and David Taylor). Then we will assess where this integrated approach to MS and textual study has got us to and is leading us. Further details will appear soon on this webpage. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr Helen Ingram. If anybody is interested in offering any other presentation on this MS (especially the codicology/palaeography) we can provide an advance link to the digital images.
For anybody who is thinking also of attending the Codex Sinaiticus conference, we are looking at providing transport from London to Birmingham on the Tuesday evening.
The papers of the Fifth Colloquium have now been published by Gorgias Press.
For pictures and details of previous colloquia, visit the archive page.