Monday, 16 January 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Herman Hoskier and the Future of Textual Scholarship on the Bible (28-30 August 2017)

I'm happy to announce a conference that is a major focus of the IRC funded project Herman Charles Hoskier and the Future of the Bible. A download-able PDF of the call for papers can be accessed here.

Call for Papers

Herman Hoskier and the Future of Textual Scholarship on the Bible

28-30 August 2017
Dublin City University
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music

Herman Charles Hoskier (1864-1938) was a textual scholar of the New Testament whose work remains influential in the field today. As part of the Irish Research Council’s Decade of Centenaries, this conference explores the present state and future prospects of textual scholarship on the Bible in the digital age, using Hoskier’s work as a starting point for the discussion. Short papers are invited that address the following topics: the intellectual context of twentieth century textual scholarship, manuscript collections in Ireland, the future of the critical edition, the digital humanities and the Bible, Hoskier’s text critical work and current developments in the field, the versions in textual scholarship, the Editio Critica Maior, manuscripts as objects and material culture, trends and prospects in textual criticism, text critical method, the future of textual scholarship, early printed editions, studies on manuscripts, and related topics.

Invited Speakers include:

·      David Parker (University of Birmingham)
·      Stanley Porter (McMaster Divinity College)
·      Jennifer Knust (Boston University)
·      J. K. Elliott (University of Leeds)
·      Martin Karrer (KiHo Wuppertal)
·      Juan Hernández Jr. (Bethel University)
·      Claire Clivaz (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
·      Thomas J. Kraus (Universität Zurich)
·      Tommy Wasserman (Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole)
·      Christina Kreinecker (Universität Salzburg)
·      Klaus Wachtel (INTF Münster)
·      Catherine Smith (University of Birmingham)
·      Hugh Houghton (University of Birmingham)
·      Martin Wallraff (LMU München)
·      Jan Krans (VU Amsterdam)
·      Annette Hüffmeier (INTF Münster)
·      Jill Unkel (Chester Beatty Library)
·      Dirk Jongkind (University of Cambridge)

Abstracts of 250 words will be accepted until 15 April 2017 (send to Dr. Garrick Allen, For more information on this event see the project blog ( and follow Hoskier on Twitter (@HCHoskier). Registration will open 15 February 2017 and close 30 June 2017. The early bird cost is €60 (until 1 May 2017, thereafter €90). This project is funded by the Irish Research Council.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Project Announcement: Herman Charles Hoskier and the Future of the Bible

I am happy to announce a new project funded by the Irish Research Council called Herman Charles Hoskier and the Future of the Bible, a project that is part of the Decade of Centenaries showcase that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. 

Hoskier was a textual critic of the New Testament active in this period who, although English, retained close connections to Ireland. His father (also called Herman Hoskier) was a director of the Guinness Brewery at the turn of the twentieth century and Hoskier worked closely with a number of artefacts located in Ireland, including Codex Usserianus 2 or "the Garland of Howth." This project re-examines Hoskier's work and intellectual context in an effort to analyse the state of textual scholarship on the Bible and the future of the discipline in a digital age. Hoskier was a controversial figure during his lifetime and much of his work remains relevant today. Plus, he manages to be quite snarky amidst thousands of pages of collations and textual commentary.

The project will comprise three major events: a series of public lectures in partnership with the Chester Beatty Library (details forthcoming), a major academic conference at Dublin City University 28-30 August 2017 (call for papers forthcoming), and an additional public lecture on the life and work of Hoskier (TBD). 

Watch this blog for more information on the project and its events and follow @HCHoskier on twitter for all things Hoskier. Any questions can be directed to Dr. Garrick Allen (me) at 

Hoskier's Bibliography

A Full Account and Collation of the Greek Cursive Evangelium 604 (with two facsimiles). London: David Nutt, 1890 [Link].

Concerning the Genesis of the Versions of the N.T. Remarks Suggested by the Study of P and the Allied Questions as Regards the Gospels. 2 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1910 [Link].

The Golden Latin Gospels: JP in the library of J. Pierpont Morgan (formerly known as the "Hamilton Gospels" and sometimes as the King Henry the VIIIth's Gospels) now edited for the first time with critical introduction and notes, and accompanied by four full-page facsimiles. New York: Private Printing, 1910.

"The Elzevir New Testaments of 1624 and 1633." JTS 12 (1911): 454-457.

"The Authorized Version of 1611." Bibliotecha Sacra 68 (1911): 693-704.

Concerning the Date of the Bohairic Version: Covering a Detailed Examination of the Text of the Apocalypse and a Review of Some of the Writings of the Egyptians Monks. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1911 [Link]

“Evan. 157 (Rome. Vat. Urb. 2),” Journal of Theological Studies 14 (1912-1913): 78-116; 242-293; 359-384 (3 parts) [Link].

“The Lost Commentary of Oecumenius on the Apocalypse,” The American Journal of Philology, 34     (1913): 300-314 [Link].

“The New Codex ‘W.’” Expositor 5 no 5 (May 1913): 467-480.

“New Edition of the Codex Veronensis (b).” American Journal of Philology (1913): 220-221.

“Von Soden’s Text of the New Testament” in Journal of Theological Studies 15.3 (1914): 307-326.

Codex B and its Allies: A Study and an Indictment. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1914) [Vol 1Vol 2]

The Text of Codex Usserianus 2., or r2 (“Garland of Howth”) with Critical Notes to Supplement and Correct the Collation of the Late T. K. Abbott. Old Latin Biblical Texts. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1919 [Link].

“Manuscripts of the Apocalypse – Recent Investigations, part I.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 7 no 1 (1922): 118-137.

“Manuscripts of the Apocalypse - Recent Investigations, part II.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 7 no 2 (1923): 256-268.

Manuscripts of the Apocalypse – Recent Investigations, part III.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 7 no 3 (1923): 507-525.

Manuscripts of the Apocalypse – Recent Investigations, part IV.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 8 no 1 (1924): 236-275.

Manuscripts of the Apocalypse – Recent Investigations, part V.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 8 no 2 (1924): 412-443.

Immortality. Boston: The Stratford Company, 1925 [Link].

The Complete Commentary of Oecumenius on the Apocalypse: Now Printed for the First Time from Manuscripts at Messina, Rome, Salonika, and Athos. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1928 [repr. Wipf & Stock 2008] [Link].

Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse: Collation of All Existing Available Greek Documents with the Standard Text of Stephen’s Third Edition Together with the Testimony of Versions, Commentaries and Fathers. 2 vols. London: Bernard Quaritch. 1929 [Both volumes]. 

De Contemptu Mundi: A Bitter Satirical Poem of 3000 Lines upon the Morals of the XIIth Century by Bernard of Morval Monk of Cluny (fl. 1150) Re-edite, with Introduction and Copious Variants from all the Know MSS. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1929.

The Bronze Horses: A Comment on the Prose-poem of Amy Lowell. Portland, ME: The Mosher Press, 1930. 

What is Nirvana? Portland, ME: The Mosher Press, 1930.

In Tune with the Universe. London: Rider & Co.,1932 [Pseudonym “Signpost”].

The Back of Beyond. London: The Daniel Company, 1934 [Pseudonym “Signpost”] [Link]

A Commentary on the Various Readings in the Text of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Chester-Beatty Papyrus P46 (circa 200 A.D.). London: Bernard Quaritch, 1938 [Link].