Monday, January 9, 2017

Some YouTube Resources on New Testament Textual Criticism

          One of the great conveniences of our time enjoyed by students of New Testament textual criticism is the ability, via the internet, to travel to the libraries of institutions around the world and view their manuscripts.  The University of Chicago, the British Library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (the National Library of France), the Vatican Library, the Parker Library, the University of Michigan, and the Walters Art Museum are just a few of the institutions whose collections of New Testament manuscripts (or substantial parts of them) can be visited online. 
          Some classrooms in which New Testament textual criticism is taught can also be visited.  Here is a selection of some lectures about New Testament textual criticism and related subjects (such as ongoing manuscript-digitalization projects), all accessible at YouTube.  Rare indeed is the video-lecture that does not have room for improvement (especially when speakers chime in about the ending of Mark and the pericope adulterae – there is a lot of inaccurate and one-sided material circulating that needs to be thoroughly updated).  So please do not consider the appearance of a video-lecture on this list to be an endorsement of everything in it (except in the two in which I am the speaker):    

From the Walters Art Museum:  Digitalization Work

From Dan Wallace:  
● Some Disputed Passages
● How Badly Has the Bible Been Corrupted? (at Purdue University, 2016)

From Ron Minton:  The Majority Text (in three parts):
● The Majority Text, part 2

From Christopher De Hamel:  

From D. C. Parker:  

From Dirk Jongkind:

         A couple of things are worth keeping in mind: 
(1)  Once you’ve found one video-lecture, similar videos may appear in the side-bar.
(2)  If you want to watch an hour-and-a-half video but only have an hour to spare, you can use the Settings-options to increase the viewing-speed; often the viewing-speed can be increased to 1.5x and the speaker will still not sound like a chipmunk.

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