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Now, a session devoted to ongoing work in the critical editions of Samuel-Kings.

Craig Morisson, who is working in place of the late Stephan Pisano on BHQ Samuel presents on the role of the younger versions (Peshitta, Targums, and Vulgate) in the edition.

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Next up is Guy Darshan, representing The Hebrew Bible, A Critical Edition (HBCE).

The HBCE is unique in OT textual criticism in its attempt to reconstruct and provide an eclectic text. (I have some concerns about this approach.)
Darshan offers some critique of BHS, whose apparatus is incomplete in many places (for example, several good DSS readings are absent). However, BHS was completed only when data from Qumran was beginning to become available to scholars.
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Now onto linguistics and biblical interpretation. @michaelgaubrey presents on the divergent senses of a familiar verb.

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He provides a very interesting chart here with how various translations deal with λύω.
As a thought experiment, consider a child’s gradual acquisition of a schematic network for ‘tree’ and various other lexemes which are slotted in.
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@K_L_Phillips now presenting on shorthand Masoretic manuscripts in the Taylor-Schechter collection.

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A subset of these provide only the accented syllable (and sometimes only the first consonant of that syllable).
In the 1970s, Revell argued that these were Masoretic tools for the preservation of the accent system.
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Top scholars of the Homeric, Hebrew Bible, Qur'anic, Vedic textual traditions now inquiring of each other's work over Zoom, including the current state of development of digital tools such as optical character recognition.

#amazing

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@libbieschrader asks about accessing funding for other traditions (beside the NT), as well as applying the CBGM to different textual corpora.

Although there are many similarities (as I've noted), in other respects the various textual traditions really have unique challenges.
The CBGM, for example, is specifically designed to tackle a highly contaminated manuscript tradition.

• The Hebrew Bible tradition instead needs to adjudicate between the MT and various versions.
• For the Tibetan tradition, contamination is a feature, not a bug!
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Signe Cohen now discussing the textual transmission of the Indic Vedas (a tradition I studied during my doctoral programme). For those Hebrew Bible text-critics complaining about the gap between our earliest manuscripts and the 'Ausgangstext', note the slide.

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Reliable parallel reading and oral traditions (à la HB ketiv/qere) exist in other textual corpora, such as the Vedas. (This is confirmed by comparative-historical linguistic investigation into the nature of these archaic Indo-European texts.) Image
One moral of this story (as
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has argued): many ancient textual traditions are, on the whole, generally well-transmitted.

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