Theodora Panella, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham (


This workshop focuses on the textual study and criticism of sacred texts from the ancient Eastern Mediterranean world that later had a global influence. These are the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Qur’anic text. All three have similarities and differences. They have influenced other writings and at the same time have themselves undergone external influence bearing on questions of interrelationship, orality, textuality and language. Not only the abovementioned characteristics, but also their preservation and the copying as well as the proliferation of manuscripts are of particular interest to textual scholars.

Relevant topics for discussion:

  • The study of OT, NT or Qur’anic writings not only in manuscripts, but also inscribed or printed,
  • The text itself and the circumstances of its transmission
  • Types or groupings of texts
  • Reconstructions of forms of text
  • Textual Criticism and history
  • Textual Criticism and exegesis
  • Textual Criticism and theology
  • Textual Criticism and the world

At the same time, this workshop seeks to foster dialogue among researchers.

Call for Papers

We welcome paper proposals that focus on the above mentioned topics and related aspects.

Generally the duration of papers to be read should not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts (no more than 300 words) have to be enrolled through the EABS meeting website.