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.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Amsterdam Database of New Testament Conjectural Emendation – release 2018-1

Here are the release notes for the most recent instalment of the Amsterdam Database.


Compared to the previous release (2017-4), 36 conjecture records were added (cj16428 to cj16463), together with 344 history records (s28548 to s28791). The total number of true conjectures (not an editorial alternative; not misunderstood) is now 6064 (out of 6463 conjecture records). The total number of history records is 18791.

An interesting new conjecture is cj16456 by Constantine Simonides. It concerns a reading he included in several of his forgeries which in reality expresses his conviction on what the Greek text in Matt 19:24 should be.

Noteworthy corrections and additions

cj11261 on Matt 24:36 is now marked as "misunderstood," since its author, Owen, already appeals to manuscript attestation that he knows of.

For cj14068 on Rom 6:19 an earlier author than Moffatt has been identified, namely Wall (1730). This identification prevents the conjecture from being marked as misunderstood, which should have been done if Moffatt had remained the earliest author, since in his days the attestation of the omission in B03 was well known. Wall only refers to versional attestation (the Peshitta).

cj14070 on 1 Cor 14:33-36 was recorded incorrectly (though the citation makes clear what must be intended): the transposition is to after 1 Cor 14:40, not 1 Cor 13:40.


We express our thanks to colleagues who brought fresh information to our attention: Peter Gurry, Peter Head, Dora Panella, Marco Rotman, David Harold Warren, and Tommy Wasserman.