Citing Text Collections 6: ANF and NPNF

The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325 (ANF) and A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church (NPNF) are well over a century old, but they continue to be reprinted by publishers and cited by writers in the field. Consequently, SBLHS devotes a specific … Continue reading Citing Text Collections 6: ANF and NPNF

Periods of Time: Centuries

Given the nature of our discipline—the study of ancient texts within their contexts—it is not surprising to encounter frequent references to historical periods. For example, the most recent issue of our Journal of Biblical Literature contained seventy instances of the terms century and centuries, an average of once every 3.8 pages. We imagine that similar … Continue reading Periods of Time: Centuries

Citing Text Collections 4: MOTP

As noted in the previous post in this series (here), James H. Charlesworth’s two-volume OTP has been joined by a new collection edited by Richard Bauckham, James R. Davila, and Alexander Panayotov: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (MOTP). This work supplements OTP by presenting translations of approximately eighty “documents purporting to be ancient and … Continue reading Citing Text Collections 4: MOTP

Pseudepigraphic Testaments

A number of “testaments” survive from antiquity. These texts present themselves as the last words of important biblical figures such as Moses, Jacob, and Joseph. The SBLHS 2 §8.3.4 provides abbreviations for each work. This post will explain how to use these abbreviations when citing the testaments. 1. Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs Perhaps the … Continue reading Pseudepigraphic Testaments

Citing Text Collections 3: OTP

James Charlesworth’s two-volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is in some respects similar to Pritchard’s ANET (see here): both provide English translations to well-defined groups of texts from the ancient world. The main difference between the two is obvious: whereas ANET includes texts primarily from ancient Israel’s neighbors, OTP focuses on Jewish and Christian texts dated to … Continue reading Citing Text Collections 3: OTP