Friday, July 29, 2011

Papyri, Technology, and Armchair Archaeologists

The University of Oxford recently announced that it is calling on the general public for help with the Oxyrhynchus papyri here. Anyone with internet access can now help in cataloguing the many papyrus manuscripts by transcribing and measuring them with a simple user interface on I've been transcribing a few manuscripts myself and have been surprised at just how user-friendly the interface is. This collaborative effort between "Oxford University papyrologists, the Egypt Exploration Society, and a team in Oxford University’s Department of Physics" promises to be a great technological aid in analyzing the mass of manuscripts, and I for one am excited about the possibilities. Though undoubtedly there is no substitute for hands-on interaction with original manuscripts, the internet is opening a window of opportunity with ease of access and technological capabilities. If you haven't worked on any papyrus manuscripts yet, here is your chance!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls-Septuagint Alignments against the Masoretic Text

R. Grant Jones has a helpful website here including lists of alignments between DSS manuscripts and the LXX against the MT, disagreements between the LXX and MT in Genesis, and the textual affinities of NT citations of the OT.