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TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism

May 3, 2012

One of the growth areas in biblical studies of the last several decades has been textual criticism.  This is certainly true for NT studies, and seems to me to be the case also in Hebrew OT and LXX studies.  It is particularly encouraging that this growth in interest is represented among students and younger scholars in the field.  As well, a wider public seem always interested in any developments.

So, I want to highlight a journal devoted to textual criticism of biblical writings, whether NT or OT:  TC:  A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism.  I’m proud to be a member of the editorial board, and happy here to promote interest in reading the journal, and, among those with something to offer, submitting items for publication.

From its birth onward, TC  has been an online journal only, and that’s another reason that I’m proud to be associated with it.  This is the direction that learned journals need to go, and TC is a pioneering venture.   (As far back as the early 90′s I have been plumping for learned journals to go online.  When I was Director of the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, 1990-92, I formed an organizing committee who held the first international conference on refereed electronic journals at the UM, 1-2 October 1993.  The proceedings are available:  Proceedings of the 1993 International Conference on Refereed Electronic Journals, ed. Carlolyn Presser, Winnipeg:  University of Manitoba Libraries.)

The brain-child of Jimmy Adair, TC is now officially sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature, which I hope will ensure that the journal is properly managed and its future secured.   It is an open-access journal, which means that anyone interested is free to read and download articles from the journal (but permission is required, of course, for further reproduction of material).

So, I hope that students and scholars in biblical studies will certainly place the journal firmly on their regular list of journals to be perused, and that “general readers” interested in textual criticism will also have a look.  As an editorial board member, I also invite submissions for publication.  It’s a fully refereed journal, and so publication “counts” as for any print journal of comparable standards.

Here’s the URL to the home page:

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  1. Annang Asumang permalink

    Thank you very much, Prof for the link. About e-Journals in general, what is your personal view regarding the open-access debate. As you are most likely aware, a rather vigorous discussion is now ongoing regarding scientific research, publication in journals, profit making and open access. Do you think the same issues apply to research in Biblical/Theological research?

    • The major problems with traditional print journals are two: (1) for libraries the financial problem that journals in Medicine & Science are typically published by commercial firms and priced unbelievably high (thousands per year), so that journals in these fields alone typically consume ca. 40&+ of the total acquisitions budget of a given university library system; (2) in the Humanities especially, journals are more often published by learned societies and/or university presses, and the subscription price is reasonable, but the problem here is the arbitrary limits that must be set on how much can appear in any given issue of a print journal, which leads to the long backlog in items accepted for publication and the time-lag in the appearance of these items.
      So, for many years I’ve advocated online journals, managed by a consortium of learned societies and universities. This would immediately cut out the commercial interests, and in the Humanities would allow an expedited pace of publication and allow items to be as long as needed to deal adequately with the subject (no arbitrary page-number limits). Referring could be fully maintained, and editorial input as well.

  2. rameumptom permalink

    Larry, sounds very interesting. Do you have a link?

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