Monday, 26 May 2014

Bible as Notepad. Conference in Oslo

In cooperation with the Schøyen Collection, The Norwegian Bible Society, MF Norwegian School of Theology, the research project "'Biblical' Texts before the Bible," and with the assistance of Matthew P. Monger, I am putting together the conference Bible as Notepad. As the title indicates, the topic of the conference is annotations of various sorts in late antique and medieval manuscripts. An exquisite group of scholars from various countries and disciplines will come to Oslo to share their knowledge and reflections on this important yet understudied topic.

The conference takes place at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, 10-12 December 2014. There is room for a limited number of non-paper giving attendees. To register please visit, or contact


Wednesday 10 December

9.00 Formal opening
Rector Vidar L. Haanes

9.15 Liv Ingeborg Lied
“Introductory reflections: Bible as notepad”

9.45 Marilena Maniaci
“Written evidence in the Italian Giant Bibles: around and beyond the sacred text”

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 Nurit Pasternak
“The hand of the Florentine humanist Giannozzo Manetti in his Hebrew manuscripts”

12.00 Lunch

13.00 James R. Davila
“Notes in the text?  The unique secondary readings in MS Leiden Or. 4730's text of the Hekhalot Rabbati”

14.00 Loren Stuckenbruck
"Marginal notes on the liturgical use of Enoch in the Ethiopian tradition"

16.30 Exhibit of annotated manuscripts in The Schøyen Collection. By invitation only

20.00 Dinner


09.00 Patrick Andrist
“Scholarly and non-scholarly notes in the margin of the Greek Bible”

10.00 Matthew P. Monger
“The names of the wives of the Patriarchs in the margins of Minuscule 135 of the LXX (Univ.-Bibl., A.N. III. 13)”

11.00 Coffee break

11.15 Michael Philip Penn
“Commenting on Chalcedon”

12.15 Lunch

13.30 Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin
“The poetic art of East and West-Syriac colophons”

14.30 Jeff Childers
Divining Gospel: Classifying manuscripts of John used in Sortilege”

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Hindy Najman
“‘Philologie der Philosophie’: revisiting the limits and possibilities of philology”

17.00 Otfried Czaika
“Used theological and spiritual books in Scandinavia ca 1450-1600”

18.00 Exhibit of Scandinavian bibles
Hans-Olav Mørk

20.00 Dinner


08.30 Malachi Beit-Arié
“Glosses by users of Hebrew handwritten books

09.30 Daniel Falk
“Marginal marks in Psalms scrolls and liturgical manuscripts from Qumran”

10.30 Break

10.45 Kipp Davis
“Margins as media:  The long insertion in 4QJer-a (4Q70)”

11.45 Årstein Justnes and Torleif Elgvin
“In the footsteps of the scribes of the great Isaiah scroll (1QIsa a)”

13.00 Lunch

14.00 End of conference

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