The NT and Early Papyri: New publication
I’m pleased to have in today’s post my contributor’s copy of a new volume on the relevance of papryi (both biblical and non-biblical) for interpretation of the NT: Papyrologie und Exegese: Die Auslegung des Neuen Testaments im Licht der Papyri, ed. Jens Herzer (WUNT 2/341; Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). The publisher’s page on the volume is here. The volume offers published versions of papers given at a special symposium organized under the auspices of the Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticums Project (led by Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, the project web-site here).
My own paper leads off the volume: “The Early New Testament Papyri: A Survey of Their Significance,” pp. 1-18. (I’ve placed a pre-publication version of this paper under the “Selected Essays” tab on this blog-site, “NT Papyri”). I review early NT papyri, the amount of NT text that they collectively preserve (for each of several NT writings), their provenance, their text-critical significance (engaging previous discussions such as that my my former teacher, E. J. Epp), and other historical issues (e.g., preference for the codex, nomina sacra, evidence of settings in which these writings were read).
The other essays (all in German, except for one) are by Joachim Hengstl (on judicial terminology in Greek papyri and the relevance for NT interpretation), Reinhold School and Margit Homann (on ancient “letter-culture”), Peter Arzt-Grabner (on the the political situation of Judaism in the first century in light refrences in Greek papyri), Karl-Heinrich Ostmeyer (on the Greek term “politeuma” in the NT and “politeuma-papyri” from Herakeopolis), Roberta Mazza (“The Papyrological Commentary of the Gospel of Mark: Themes, Issues and Some Results of a Work in Progress”), and Martin Meiser (the description of healings in early Jewish and NT literature).