Wednesday, 01 November 2006
SBL have just sent out notification of the availability of this resource which fills a major gap by providing free online access to the Pseudepigrapha in the original languages. This is the project description from the website:
For some time it has been evident that scholars of early Judaism and early Christianity need better access to the texts of the Pseudepigrapha in their original (or extant) languages and with a critical apparatus. In many cases critical editions are prohibitively expensive or out of print, and scholars without access to a large library have been hard pressed to find them.
The Online Critical Pseudepigrapha is intended to address this problem by publishing on-line, free-access critical texts of the Pseudepigrapha which are up-to-date and academically rigorous. This aim is to be realized by
1) co-ordinating the efforts of scholars who take on the editing of individual texts;
2) providing a forum for peer review of texts as they are developed;
3) developing the technology necessary for the publication of these texts in electronic form; and
4) providing a permanent web-site for the long-term publication of these texts and as a forum for ongoing text-critical work on the pseudepigrapha.
At the moment only the Testament of Job has a fully critical edition, with 1 Enoch and the Testament of Adam in progress. Other texts are simply codings of public domain critical editions. Only Greek, Aramaic and Latin texts are available at the present time. Nonetheless this is an important resource. Fonts are Unicode, but Mac users will need to browse with Firefox (Safari and IE won't work).
Hat Tip to Chris Tilling for pointing out the latest research tool from the wonderful (jealousy, jealousy) library at Tübingen. The Index Theologicus "contains document descriptions from more than 600 periodicals and from Festschriften and congress publications. It is updated every night and represents the state of the preceding work day." In other words it is an equivalent to the ATLA database and thus very helpful for those of us who don't have access to ATHENS passwords at the moment (long story). I entered 'Philippians" and it came back with 277 entries, which are bang up to date including Paul Holloway's recent article on Philippians 1.3 in NTS. This actually makes the whole thing an improvement on ATLA. This is a brilliant resource: thank you Tübingen.