Conference: Bible as Notepad

bible_as_notepad.201410-12 December 2014

MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway.


Whereas the Bible is among the world’s most studied books, most scholars are primarily occupied with its textual contents, and most editors of biblical texts concentrate on the text found within manuscripts’ columns. However, annotations are found in manuscripts cross-culturally and the notes may sometimes shed new light on the development of text traditions and historical engagement with biblical manuscripts. These other categories of writing on manuscript folios and the cultural practices that produced them have not received the attention they deserve. Hence, the Bible as Notepad conference will address annotations in different manuscript and language traditions, the various relationships between text in the column and notes in the margins, and the roles and functions of annotated manuscripts as cultural artifacts, exploring – empirically and theoretically – the various practices that produced them.


Wednesday 10 December
9.00 Formal opening – Rector Vidar L. Haanes
9.15 Liv Ingeborg Lied “Introductory reflections: Bible as notepad”
9.45 Marilena Maniaci “Written evidence in the Italian Giant Bibles: Around and beyond the sacred text”
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Nurit Pasternak “The hand of the Florentine humanist Giannozzo Manetti in his Hebrew manuscripts”
12.00 Lunch
13.00 James R. Davila “Notes in the text? The unique secondary readings in MS Leiden Or. 4730’s text of the Hekhalot Rabbati”
14.00 Loren Stuckenbruck “Marginal notes on the liturgical use of Enoch in the Ethiopian tradition”
16.30 Exhibit of annotated manuscripts in The Schøyen Collection. By invitation only
20.00 Dinner

Thursday 11 December
09.00 Patrick Andrist “Scholarly and non-scholarly notes in the margin of the Greek Bible”
10.00 Matthew P. Monger “The Names of the Wives of the Patriarchs in the Margins of Minuscule 135 of the LXX (Basel Univ.-Bibl., A.N. III. 13)”
11.00 Coffee break
11.15 Michael Philip Penn “Commenting on Chalcedon”
12.15 Lunch
13.30 Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin “The poetic art of East and West-Syriac colophons”
14.30 Jeff Childers “Divining Gospel: Classifying manuscripts of John used in Sortilege”
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Hindy Najman “‘Philologie der Philosophie’: Revisiting the limits and possibilities of philology”
17.00 Otfried Czaika “Used theological and spiritual books in Scandinavia ca 1450-1600”
18.00 Exhibit of Scandinavian bibles Hans-Olav Mørk
20.00 Dinner

Friday 12 December
08.30 Malachi Beit-Arié “Glosses by users of Hebrew handwritten books”
09.30 Daniel Falk “Marginal marks in Psalms scrolls and liturgical manuscripts from Qumran”
10.30 Break
10.45 Kipp Davis “Margins as media: The long insertion in 4QJer-a (4Q70)”
11.45 Årstein Justnes and Torleif Elgvin “In the footsteps of the scribes of the great Isaiah scroll (1QIsa a)”
13.00 Lunch
14.00 End of conference


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