"Textual Criticism" Online
The SBL takes great pleasure in announcing a "new" addition to its Publications program: TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (http://purl.org/TC ). As most readers will already recognize, TC itself is not new but has already established its place as a well-respected electronic journal devoted to the study of the Jewish and Christian biblical texts. The adoption of TC as an official online publication of the SBL is, however, both new and noteworthy.
First established in 1996, TC was one of the first (if not the first) e-journals devoted to the field of biblical studies. Since then TC has demonstrated that the melding of first-rate scholarship and freely accessible online publication is not only possible but in many cases preferable. Each article in TC is fully peer-reviewed by one or more members of the editorial board (see below), then posted on the TC website, where it can be freely accessed by any scholar or student anywhere at any time. In addition to standard scholarly articles (both full-length and of the critical-note type), TC also publishes a number of project reports and book reviews.
Although the focus of TC is on textual criticism of the biblical texts, the range of subjects covered is broad, as indicated in the TC mission statement: "Articles on any aspect of the textual criticism of the Jewish and Christian scriptures (including extracanonical and related literature) are welcome, and contributions that transcend the traditional boundary between textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament textual criticism are especially encouraged. We also invite articles discussing the relationship between textual criticism and other disciplines." In addition, the TC editorial board and SBL Publications staff plan to collaborate so that together we can provide additional resources, such as links to other resources of interest to biblical textual critics, including text-critical projects, original language texts, and interactive interfaces to offer information about sigla used in different editions.
Given our belief in textual criticism as an important subdiscipline of biblical studies (see the SBL's Text-Critical Studies book series), the SBL gladly welcomes TC and the following members of its internationally esteemed editorial board into the SBL Publications program:
James R. Adair, Religion and Technology Center, Editor
Tobias Nicklas, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Book Review Editor
Johann Cook, University of Stellenbosch
Claude E. Cox, McMaster Divinity College
Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska
Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Leonard J. Greenspoon, Creighton University
Michael W. Holmes, Bethel College
L. W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
Arie van der Kooij, Leiden University
Johan Lust, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Melvin K. H. Peters, Duke University
William L. Petersen, Pennsylvania State University
Klaus Wachtel, Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung
We encourage readers to visit TC in the very near future and to welcome TC as an important part of the ever-growing SBL Publications program. For further information about TC, please contact Jimmy Adair or Bob Buller .
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