Category Archives: Criticism

The Costly Loss of Lament for the Church

I have been working on this post for a week. Actually, I haven’t really been working on it for a week; this post has been sitting as a draft in WordPress as I have been avoiding it in light of … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism In Action (TCHB 9)

In this post I will demonstrate the practice of textual criticism with two examples, Joshua 1:1 and Psalm 73:7, which highlight the practice of external and internal textual criticism, respectively. This is the ninth post in a series on the … Continue reading

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Codex Sinaiticus Integrated into Zhubert.com

This is kind of nifty: over at www.zhubert.com — a web site that allows you to read the Bible in the original languages or translation side by side — you can now pull up the page in Codex Sinaiticus while … Continue reading

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The Practice of Textual Criticism (TCHB 8)

With some of the theory surrounding textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible behind us, with this post I am going to discuss how to actually go about text criticism. This is the eighth post in a series on the textual … Continue reading

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Peshitta in the News

It must be a slow news day if the Peshitta makes the headlines! The CBS11 News webpage has an article on the Peshitta, the ancient Syriac translation of the Bible (see my post on the Early Versions of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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The Goal(s) of Textual Criticism (TCHB 7)

In recent years there has been significant debate surrounding the ultimate goal of textual criticism. Traditionally the goal was simply to reconstruct the original text of the Old Testament. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it has become … Continue reading

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The History of the Biblical Text (TCHB 6)

The last few posts in this series discussed some of the major witnesses to the text of the Old Testament; this post will bring them together and describe a bit of the history of the transmission of the Hebrew Bible. … Continue reading

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Early Versions of the Hebrew Bible (TCHB 4)

This post continues surveying the witnesses to the text of the Old Testament. This post focuses on the early translation of the Hebrew Bible. This is the fourth in a series of posts on the textual criticism of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Hebrew Witnesses to the Text of the Old Testament (TCHB 3)

One of the first tasks of the textual critic is to collect the variants among the different witnesses to the text of the Hebrew Bible. This post will introduce some of the Hebrew witnesses to this text. This is the … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible Resources (TCHB 2)

There are a number of great resources for those interested in learning more about textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Perhaps the first place to start is with some introductions to textual criticism. While there are not as many introductions … Continue reading

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