Scholars will discuss ancient Judeo-Christian texts today


By Brooke Bailey

Researchers from Edinburgh and Oxford are traveling to Baylor to give insight about papyrology, the study of papyrus manuscripts.

Dr. Larry Hurtado, professor of New Testament language, literature and theology at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Dirk Obbink from Christ Church College Oxford will be talking to students and faculty about their research.

All students are welcome to hear Hurtado speak about papyrology at 3:30 p.m. today in the Armstrong Browning Library. Space is limited to 45 students.

Hurtado will lead the workshop today. He will present his research in his lecture “The Codex, The Nomina Sacra and the Staurogram: Visual and Material Expressions of Early Christianity.” Hurtado’s research specializes in New Testament manuscripts.

Hurtado and Obbink will discuss the Green Collection, one of the largest collections of Judeo-Christian ancient texts and items. today and Friday, Dr. Jeffrey Fish, associate professor of classics, said. Hurtado and Obbink will also present their work on literary texts with Baylor faculty and students today and Friday.

The research includes text fragments of ancient Greek literature and classical works, such as the Homer’s “Iliad.” Samples of Christian Scripture will be discussed as well.

The event is in connection with students participating in the Green Scholars Initiative. The initiative is a national program that hosts its academic headquarters at Baylor. Students are selected to apply for the program and conduct upper-tier research with manuscripts.

“These scholars are world-renowned and top of their field,” Dr. Melinda Neilson said, a faculty mentor in the Initiative program.

Fish organized the Initiatve-sponsored event in collaboration with the Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion and the classics department.