Here you will find occasional updates and information about IGNTP’s work.

J. Keith Elliott (1943–2024)

7 June, 2024

The IGNTP has received news of the death last week of Keith Elliott, executive editor of the Gospel according to Luke for the IGNTP (1978–1987) and secretary of the IGNTP committee from 1987 to 2010. Keith was instrumental in the work of the IGNTP for more than four decades and a textual critic of international renown. Elsewhere on this website there is an interview with Keith Elliott on the occasion of his retirement from the committee. Keith also served as Secretary of SNTS from 1974–1983 and was Book Reviews editor of Novum Testamentum for many years.

Release of new transcriptions and apparatus

31 January, 2024

Over the course of the last month, significant new material has been released on the websites with data towards the IGNTP's work on the Editio Critica Maior. On www.iohannes.com, five new apparatus have been published, with the collation of the representatives of Family 1, Family 13, Family Π, Theophylact and the Majority Text. The initial collation of the 131 manuscripts selected for the Editio Critica Maior of Ephesians is now available on www.epistulae.org. This website also now hosts 175 transcriptions of Greek manuscripts of Colossians, transcribed by the Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts, Abilene Christian University, Texas.

Release of Sahidic John Transcriptions

15 December, 2023

The 150 transcriptions of the Gospel according to John in Sahidic, prepared by Dr. Hans Förster and Matthias Schulz in Vienna towards the IGNTP's work on the ECM of the Gospel according to John, have now been released on the www.iohannes.com website. These form the material for the edition of John in Sahidic Coptic published in 2021 and have also been archived on the University of Birmingham eData repository.

75th Anniversary of the IGNTP: celebration in the USA

20 November, 2023

In a special session at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio yesterday, the seventy-fifth anniversary was celebrated of the IGNTP. Founded as an Anglo-American project in 1948, the IGNTP now has members and contributors from all over the world, as the IGNTP Transcription Co-ordinator Dr Amy Myshrall showed in her presentation with Dr Bruce Morrill and Clark Bates (one of the current transcribers). The IGNTP Chair, Dr P. J. Williams, introduced the topic of "The IGNTP Today", while former chair of the US Committee, Prof. Michael W. Holmes, offered reminiscences on the past, present and future of the IGNTP. Papers were also presented by Zachary Butler on the early years of the IGNTP, drawing on archives of correspondence, and Prof. Peter Gurry on the future of text-types. It is hoped to upload these presentations to the IGNTP YouTube channel.
Update: Peter Gurry's presentation is available on YouTube, and Michael Holmes's presentation can be downloaded as a PDF.

75th Anniversary of the IGNTP: celebration in Birmingham

21 May, 2023

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the IGNTP, founded as an Anglo-American project in 1948. Last week, as part of the Thirteenth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, a session was held reflecting on the activities of the IGNTP. There was a celebratory dinner on Wednesday 16th May, at which Prof. David Parker, executive editor for the Gospel of John, offered reflections on the four decades during which he had been a member of the project. Papers presented at the Birmingham Colloquium, held in a hybrid format, will be made available on the IGNTP YouTube Channel. The anniversary will also be marked on the other side of the Atlantic at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, Texas, in November.

Appointment of Editorial Committee for Galatians and Release of Initial Apparatus

22 November, 2021

The IGNTP has signed a contract with the German Bible Society for the delivery of the Editio Critica Maior volume on Galatians. The Editorial Board is named as H.A.G. Houghton (lead), C.M. Kreinecker, A.C. Myshrall, C.J. Smith, M.-L. Lakmann, G.S. Paulson and H. Strutwolf. The initial apparatus of Galatians by Houghton, Myshrall and Smith has been released at http://epistulae.org/apparatus/galatians, including full textual information from 202 Greek manuscripts. A video introducing the apparatus and providing an update on progress on the ECM of Paul is available on the IGNTP YouTube channel.

New co-editor and major editorial project on 1 Corinthians

11 May, 2021

Professor Dr Dr Christina Kreinecker of KU Leuven, Belgium, has been appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Prof. Kreinecker is leading the 1COR project funded by the Flanders Research Organisation (FWO), with the goal of exploring the textual tradition of this epistle in a variety of ancient languages, and has also been appointed corresponding editor of 1 Corinthians in the Vetus Latina series.

J.K. Elliott retires from IGNTP committee

16 November, 2020

After 43 years of service to the IGNTP committee, Professor J.K. Elliott has now stepped down from active service, although he continues as a corresponding member. An interview with Keith, secretary to the committee for many years, undertaken by the current secretary, Tommy Wasserman, is available on this webpage.

IGNTP launches 'Text-Critical Thursdays' online seminar

31 March, 2020

From May 2020 onwards, the IGNTP is launching an online text-critical seminar for presentations from conferences which have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. These will be held for an hour every Thursday in May and June. Further infomation has been posted on ITSEE news. Those interested in joining the seminar should join the dedicated NTTC mailing list, hosted by JISCmail.

Co-Editor appointed for the Epistle to the Colossians

5 December, 2019

Professor Curt Niccum of Abilene Christian University, Texas, has been appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for the Epistle to the Colossians. Prof. Niccum and his colleagues plan to make electronic transcriptions of the manuscripts selected for the Editio Critica Maior of this Epistle in the next three years. The initial selection of manuscripts for all the Pauline Epistles, based on Text und Textwert, has now been published by Prof. Houghton in the Festschrift for Klaus Wachtel (download here). Prof. Niccum's appointment means that all of the Pauline Epistles have now been assigned to members of the IGNTP, with work proceeding on transcriptions.

W.J. (Bill) Elliott (1938–2019)

22 November, 2019

The IGNTP has received news of the death of Bill Elliott, a member of the committee since 1980, on 17 November 2019. Bill's MA thesis (1969) and PhD thesis (1974) were undertaken at Birmingham under the direction of Neville Birdsall. Following this, he became the most active collator of manuscripts for the IGNTP while ministering as a parish priest in the Church of England, spending several decades as Rector of Elstree. In 2000, Bill became a research fellow for three years on the Principio Project at the University of Birmingham, and served as a co-editor for the IGNTP's work on John. Bill will be remembered at the IGNTP committee meeting in San Diego next week.

Co-Editor appointed for the Epistle to the Hebrews

4 March, 2019

At the IGNTP committee meeting today, Professor Martin Karrer of the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal-Bethel was appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for the Epistle to the Hebrews. Prof. Karrer and his team expect to begin their work with an application for funding to begin in 2022 after they have completed the Editio Critica Maior of the Apocalypse.

Co-Editor appointed for the Epistles to the Thessalonians

19 April, 2018

Professor Ekaterini Tsalampouni, of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, has been appointed as a co-editor by the IGNTP, with particular responsibility for 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Among her other responsibilities, Prof. Tsalampouni is leading a New Testament manuscript transcription project in Greece, in collaboration with Prof. Christos Karakolis in Athens. While the focus of this project is on the Byzantine transmission of the New Testament, its data is also expected to contribute to the Editio Critica Maior of the Thessalonian correspondence.

IGNTP Transcriptions Released under New Licence

21 December, 2017

The IGNTP has now licensed 350 of its transcriptions of Greek New Testament manuscripts under the Creative Commons Attribution licence, meaning that these files are freely available for re-use. The transcriptions of John are available to view and download at the website www.iohannes.org/transcriptions. A companion site for the Pauline Epistles is at www.epistulae.org. In addition, further information and links to download multiple files are provided on the "Resources: Transcriptions" page of the current website. The transcriptions are encoded in XML and conform to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative.
Dr P.J. Williams, chair of the IGNTP committee, said: A huge amount of work has gone into these transcriptions, both from research projects funded by the British Academy and Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the work of volunteers from across the world. We are keen that the results of this pioneering effort to make full-text searchable transcriptions of New Testament manuscripts should be as freely available for re-use as possible, enabling others to carry out new research on the textual evidence for the New Testament in addition to our own work on the Editio Critica Maior.

New interface for transcriptions of John

1 August, 2017

The IGNTP transcriptions of John in Greek, Latin and Coptic have been released in a new interface at www.iohannes.com/transcriptions. The new interface provides cross-browser support and an improved presentation for manuscripts in multiple columns. The raw XML for each transcription continues to be available for download from a link on each transcription.

Scholarship in Honour of J. David Thomas

4 May, 2017

Wolfson College, Oxford, has announced a new scholarship for doctoral students working on Greek or Latin papyrology and palaeography. The David Thomas Graduate Scholarship in Ancient Documents is named after J. David Thomas, who served on the IGNTP committee from 1990 to 2007.

Agreement signed for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles

11 April, 2017

An agreement has been signed with the INTF and the German Bible Society for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles. The edition of all fourteen Epistles will be overseen by Dr Hugh Houghton, Executive Editor of the IGNTP, and Prof. Dr. Holger Strutwolf, Director of the INTF as General Editors. The preparation of individual Epistles will be undertaken by separate editorial teams.

Co-Editor appointed for Pastoral Epistles

28 March, 2017

At the IGNTP committee meeting earlier this month, Dr Andrew Smith was appointed as a co-editor for the Pauline Epistles, with particular responsibility for the Pastoral Epistles. Dr Smith is currently overseeing a transcription project for the Pastoral Epistles and will serve an initial term of five years.

New IGNTP website

14 February, 2017

The IGNTP is grateful to Peter Gurry of Gurry Design for creating the new look website. The old website had been in the same format since it was created ten years ago, and was in need of an overhaul.

Election of Executive Editor for Paul

25 November, 2016

At the IGNTP committee meeting held during the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on 20 November 2016, the committee elected Dr Hugh Houghton as Executive Editor for the Pauline Epistles. Like Professor David Parker, Executive Editor of the Gospel according to John, Dr Houghton is based at ITSEE in the University of Birmingham.

ECM session at SBL Annual Meeting 2016

20 October, 2016

Following the pattern established in recent years, there will be a session at this year's SBL Annual Meeting devoted to the Editio Critica Maior. Papers will be given by Holger Strutwolf ('Towards a Typology of Patristic Citations from the Synoptic Gospel'), Grant Edwards ('A New Collation of 2 Thessalonians: A Possible Starting Point for an ECM Volume'), Darius Müller ('The Selection of the Manuscripts for the Apocalypse ECM') and Siegfried Richter ('Coptic Evidence and Greek Manuscript Tradition'). This will be followed by one of the biannual IGNTP committee meetings (members only). Further details can be found on the SBL website.