We're back! Our first weekly show in four months brings us back just in time to do Deuteronomy and catch the end of the wisdom literature in Ecclesiastes. In the New Testament slot we're trying a new feature to avoid repeating a segment from last October: looking behind the story in the text to consider the story of the text. In this extended show, we'll examine three text critical issues in Acts 7.

In Deuteronomy we'll be looking at how the pilgrim feasts of the Law evolved throughout Torah and beyond, as Israelite life transitioned from nomadic and agrarian, to civic and centralised. We've missed most of the Torah readings on the the Bible Companion from the first quarter of the year, so we're going to eke as much source criticism as we can out of what's left! We're also at the end of the Wisdom books with Ecclesiastes, and we have to make some decisions on how to read it before we can make real sense of it.

The text critical issues in Acts 7, in our first NT textual criticism slot, will focus us on the themes of belonging and tribalism in Stephen's famous speech. Picking up from the introduction to textual criticism in the last episode, we'll be mentioning some more important manuscripts and papyri, and another important consideration when choosing between textual variants: the concept of the "harder reading".

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Kr├╝ger, Thomas (2004). Qoheleth: A Commentary, Hermeneia — A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
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Tigay, Jeffrey H. (1996). Deuteronomy, The JPS Torah Commentary. Philadelphia, PH: The Jewish Publication Society.
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Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism, a 4QS special that also links to some basic TC resources


Deuteronomy 16, Exodus 23, Exodus 34, Leviticus 23, 1 Samuel 1, Ecclesiastes 8, Acts 7, Amos 5, Psalm 132, HRMNEIA21QLH,