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Fee’s PhD Thesis Available

July 2, 2012

I’m tardy in passing on news (that likely is already known among those most concerned) that Gordon Fee’s PhD thesis is now available freely, “The Significance of Papyrus Bodmer II and Papyrus Bodmer XIV-XV for Methodology in New Testament Textual Criticism” (USC, 1966).   For any other “geeks” such as I who are interested in text-critical matters, this is a real boon.  Fee has been a major contributor to the field for a number of decades, and with a number of valuable exegetical volumes as well.  And he’s a long-time friend.  Here’s the link:

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  2. Besides the excellent content of the work I can’t help but be impressed by the work that went into typing the whole thing! I mean, I just handed in a small 7000 word essay and I can’t fathom how you could possibly write, rework, and draft an entire PhD thesis. What happens when you make a mistake at the end of a page and you type a line twice? Retype the whole page… you’ve gotta be kidding me! I tip my hat to academics pre ’91- ish!

    • Well, all adulation to us old-timers is welcome! I hand-wrote my thesis, and hired a professional typist to prepare the submitted typed version. For the Greek, I purchased a Greek portable typewriter. The typist was instructed to count the number of characters in the Greek words of my handscript and leave corresponding blank spaces. Then, when she finished a chapter, I’d go through it, inserting pages where Greek was to be included (and there were a lot), typing the Greek on my Greek typewriter.
      Footnotes were a pain. You had to guestimate how much space you’d need for them for each page. And if you mis-calculated, then the note had to go over on the next page. And if you inserted or deleted a note after typing, it threw off the numbering system. I still recall what an eye-popping experience it was on my first computer (a Kaypro portable) which had then-new software that could automatically number and place footnotes (automatically calculating necessary page space). Piece of cake nowadays. Which means all you have to do now is have something to say!

  3. Yes, it does appear to be broken, both on IE and Mozilla Foxfire. I’ve tried everything I know how to do to access, but to no avail. I hope this gets remedied soon.

    • The initial link was faulty, but I fixed it and it works now. I’ve just tried it myself again. Make sure you’re linking from the current posting, not from some earlier version of it.

  4. Mark Edward permalink

    The link appears to be broken, at least for me.

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