Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Amsterdam Database (again)

My two previous posts concerned release notes for instalments of the The Amsterdam Database of New Testament Conjectural Emendation (2017-4 and 2018-1).

You can henceforth find all release notes on the “About” page that is part of the database. Earlier release notes, from November 2016 onwards, have been included as well.

As always, we welcome suggestion for additions and improvements of the database.


Scott said...

Add a feature that lets users submit conjectures.

For example, I conjecture that in 1 Timothy 1:3, ἐν Ἐφέσῳ is a primitive error for Εράστῳ. The text originally read Καθὼς παρεκάλεσά σε, προσμεῖναι Εράστῳ πορευόμενος εἰς Μακεδονίαν ("Just as I beseeched you, remain with Erastus while going into Macedonia.") This reflects the historical situation described in Acts 19:22, where Paul sent Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia while he himself stayed in Ephesus. A scribe misread Εράστῳ as Ἐφέσῳ and added the preposition ἐν, a natural addition before the name of a city.

Although I am not a New Testament scholar, I should be able to submit such a conjecture for review. - Scott Sherrell

Jan Krans-Plaisier said...

Dear Scott,

Thanks for your comment and your intriguing conjecture. We are always happy to be directed to such information.

As a rule of thumb, however, we as editors of the database include only conjectures that have been published. Such publication entails a scholarly context, for instance a journal or a monograph. A weblog or Facebook posting, or a personal note or conversation do not suffice.

So my suggestion to you would be to write a short article with the conjecture, and submit it to a journal. Once you get that done, we will include the conjecture in the next instalment. Good luck with that.