Philemon: uncial style

Here is an uncial style reading of Paul’s letter to Philemon that I decided to create.  The script type is in the style of the Alexandrinus manuscript (from Linguist Software).  I decided to mimic ancient New Testament manuscripts with the exception that I used spaces between the words.  I attempted to retain the nomina sacra as faithful as possible.  Below is a download of the PDF.

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A screenshot sample.

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It appears quite well on a tablet… about the size of some of the old manuscripts!  In my opinion, it has a P66 feel to it.

Download: Philemon uncial PDF

Sinaiticus Goes Digital

Today Codex Sinaiticus will be available for all to see.  Not all of it, but at least a bit of it.  The site’s full completion of uploading the manuscript should happen by mid-summer next year.  Sinaiticus, a fourth-century manuscript, is the oldest complete New Testament manuscript known to us today (Old Testament is lacking portions).  I had the opportunity to see it a few times at the British Library, while passing through London.  It is truly a beauty.

News has been circulating for several days about it so I thought I would go ahead and mention it here.  So check it out and bookmark it!

Note: if the site doesn’t initially work it probably means they’re still working on it — it’s the launch day!  So try refreshing your page if it doesn’t work at first.

Greek Font Society returns

After a hiatus for several months the Greek Font Society has returned (actually, they simply changed from .org to .gr). If you are not familiar with their work, read the about page. I’ll let you read about it there. I’ll mention briefly that they have reproduced and made available some fantastic typefaces which are great when working in Unicode. They have updated some of the typefaces they made available previously and have also added a new section with Majescule typefaces. I highly recommend these to anyone having to write/research in the Greek language (ancient or modern).

New Pages

I haven’t been able to blog as I would like, but I do have a couple things to mention.  I’ve created two new pages (see tabs above or pages in the side menu) for Greek and Latin.  For the Greek I have uploaded pdfs for verbs and participles.  For the Latin, nouns, pronouns, verbs, and a vocabulary list section.  When these pages are updated I’ll make sure to mention it in the postings.  Enjoy!

Greek Verb Paradigm

Here is a concise, printable Greek verb paradigm (pdf) of the verb παιδεύω.  You will notice that it is divided up by active and middle/passive voices — each having the indicative, subjunctive, optative, imperative and infinitive moods.  Although this one is more extensive than the previous one of λύω, I do not have participles included yet.  It is version 1.0. Later versions will eventually include them.  Also included here is the λύω paradigm.  If you find any mistakes with either one of them, please leave a comment!

  • Update: for the latest click on the Greek Page in the side menu.

    Textual Criticism Quiz

    For matters relating to textual biblical studies, Dan Wallace over at Parchment and Pen has posted a quiz on New Testament Textual Criticism.  I went through it last week but discovered, with the answers now available by Dan, that there is key phrasing to some of the questions!  If you are interested in such quizzes head on over there before reading any further here.  The answers are now posted but I encourage you to work through the quiz first.  It’s a great learning exercise for ancient texts and manuscripts.

    Some of the key phrasing — for example, with #1 the key word is “published” not “printed.”  With #6 the key word is “complete.”  My original answer was P52.  I should read my questions more carefully!

    Here is the link to Dan’s answer key.

    Updated linked files

    Sooner than expected, I’ve updated each post which has a link of a printable PDF Latin or Greek chart. For now I’m ditching MediaMax because of its inconsistency and will stick with GooglePages for a while. These are only concerning the PDFs (which are only three at this point!).Here are the updates:

    • Latin — Pronouns, Verb Paradigm
    • Greek — Verb Paradigm

    More to come soon! Stay tuned…

    • Update: for the latest click on the Latin or Greek Page in the side menu or the designated tabs above (at top of the site).

    Printable Greek verb paradigm

    In a previous post I linked my Greek verb chart with Google docs. Here is a printable Greek verb paradigm as a PDF that I have uploaded with Goowy [changed to GooglePages]. If there are any errors with the pdf or helpful suggestions you may have, leave a comment.Download: Greek verb paradigm PDF.

    • Update: for the latest click on the Greek Page in the side menu.

    Greek ring of Thrace

    In my previous post I mentioned the discovery of various archaeological finds in Bulgaria this past weekend. The ring itself has a clear inscription in Greek. It may have been used as an official stamp, since, from what I can read, the letters are depicted in reverse. The inscription reads: ΤΗΡΗΤΟΣ ΣΗΥΣΑ (Τηρητος Σηυσα). Click on the image for a larger view.