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Codex Bezae, contains text Luke 23:47-24:1 (pa...
Codex Bezae with text Luke 23:47–24:1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Logos Bible Software is now taking $0.00 pre-orders for their upcoming edition of Codex Bezae. Among the manuscript’s noteworthy characteristics,

It is the oldest-known manuscript containing the story of the adulterous woman found in John 7–8, as well as a longer ending of the Gospel of Mark. There are also several apparent additions, including a story found nowhere else of Jesus addressing a man found working on the Sabbath.

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New Testament Interpretation Has Moved

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Over the past several years, I have played with the language of “New Testament interpretation” in various ways on the About page. The new site refresh should embody much the same impetus but do so more cleanly and straightforwardly.

Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to do so again soon.

Circumcision (Clearly) Uncircumscribed in Germany

Jim Davila notes a report of a new German bill that explicitly permits the continued practice of infant male circumcision on religious grounds. The legality of the practice in Germany had been thrown into question by a related decision by the Cologne court earlier this year.

The Imaging Papyri Project

University of Oxford
University of Oxford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oxford University Classics Faculty’s PINAX “is a digital library comprised of collections of displayed papyrus images and texts at Oxford.” Texts include papyri from Antinoopolis, Herculaneum, and Oxyrhynchus, as well as magical texts (HT: Charles Jones).

Cologne Court Circumscribes Circumcision

ABC News (HT: Michael Bird) and the AFP (HT: Jim Davila) are reporting that the regional court in Cologne, Germany, has rendered a verdict that makes involuntary circumcision on religious grounds illegal, although the practice remains permissible if done for medical reasons. The decision follows on the treatment of a four-year-old Muslim boy for post-operative bleeding and the prosecution of the doctor who had performed the procedure.

Jim Davila comments that “banning circumcision didn’t work out very well for Antiochus Epiphanes.” In addition, the court commented that:

The body of the child is irreparably and permanently changed by a circumcision. . . . This change contravenes the interests of the child to decide later on his religious beliefs. (via AFP)

Here, 1 Macc 1:10–15 is also an interesting counterpoint. One wonders too, whether, the language of the court’s decision might not be logically extensible to things like infant ear piercings.