Saturday, July 07, 2018

Origin Stories - Part 2

MARGINALIA REVIEW OF BOOKS has its second installment of essays in its series Origin Stories: A Forum on the “Discovery” and Interpretation of First-Millennium Manuscripts. The first set of essays in the series was noted here. There are three new essays:

Tommy Wasserman (Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole) – Simonides’ New Testament Papyri: Their Production and Purported Provenance

Also, over at the Markers of Authenticity Blog, Malcolm Choat has published a post involving Simonides and one of his nemeses, Henry Deane: Forgery, (de)authentication, and modes of expertise. Past PaleoJudaica posts involving Simonides are here and here.

Roberta Mazza (University of Manchester) – “Property of a gentleman”: The market of ancient manuscripts and the problem of provenance

Regular readers will recognize Dr. Mazza from her blog, Faces and Voices, to which I have linked from time to time. Past PaleoJudaica posts on the new Sappho fragments are here and links. And for many past posts on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife forgery, start here and here and follow the links.

Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University) – (Still) Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices

I noted the publication of James Robinson's account of the history of the Nag Hammadi codices from their discovery to their publication here. And I noted some comments by Larry Hurtado on problems with the origin story of the codices here. And this post and this one are relevant too.

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