John William (Dean) Burgon

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  1. ReformedBaptist

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    I have a strong interest in MSS of the NT and how that affects both pastor/teacher and layman alike. I had read in one article on the subject that Dean Burgon had indexed about 86,000 references of the NT out of the Church Fathers, and that the completed work was held in the British Library in 16 Vol., or folios.

    This fact is true and after several emails with the British Library they are able to digitize this work for £60.00 per manuscript , or slighty over $75.00 per folio. In all, that would run a bit over $1200.00 for the whole work. Permissions can be granted to any participant to have a copy of the whole work.

    My question to the board is what would be a good plan to raise the funds for such a project? Being in the financial business I have thought to write a short prospectus on the project and set it up through my church. I have also thought of contacting some seminaries that might be interested in the work for their schools.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Before seriously considering such a project, I would suggest interacting with Dr. Houghton who has first-hand experience examining Burgon's patristic materials.

    See this post on the Yahoo! groups textualcriticism group.

     
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    Most helpful, thanks.

    Edit: Not so helpful, its not in English. lol But thanks anyway!
     
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    One aspect of this that has occured to me is that since the Early Church Fathers were not written in English, we are dealing with a translation of them. This causes me to question how useful a comparison of the Fathers with the NT can be.
     
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    Dean Burgon's work may be obsolete for modern usage due to technological advances. However, its depth and breadth does mean he knew his beans when he challenged Wescott, Hort, et al. with his Revision Revised.
     
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    Agreed. :thumbs:
     
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    In retrospect it would have been nice if W&H and the Dean could have sat down and hammered out an agreement. Too much to ask for considering they were Anglicians, I guess.
     
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    And, in the case of the Latin fathers, translation from Greek to Latin to English.

    Gordon Fee warns that analyzing the ECFs involves the same tools as textual criticism of the scriptural manuscripts themselves because, as works of the fathers were copied, the scribes increasingly adapted the scripture quotations to the received text they were familiar with.

    He says, in a footnote (p. 28) in Modern Textual Criticism and the Revival of the Received Text (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 1978) that:

    Elsewhere (pp. 28-29) he says:

     
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    Regretfully, W-H were products of their age. Like many others in many fields, they applied evolution to a field it was unsuited for (social Darwinism any one?). Hence, the talk of an evolving text.
     

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