Evangelical Textual Criticism Blog

A colleague recently informed me about a blog dedicated to textual criticism that I want to pass along as an important recommendation. It is titled Evangelical Textual Criticism, and as you can guess from the name, it serves to provide a place where issues of textual criticism can be discussed by those who hold to evangelical convictions. Many current text critics contribute, including Peter Head, Peter Williams, Dan Wallace, and others. Here's some important clarifications about its purpose from the very first post by Peter Williams, way back in 2005:

I want this forum to be robust in two ways: first, it is not going to be embarrassed about believing that the Bible is true and that the Bible is made up of particular words which come from God. Secondly, it is going to be a place where we discuss textual criticism based on a familiarity with the issues involved. If you haven't read the New Testament in Greek or the Old Testament in Hebrew then it isn't going to be appropriate for you to take part.

And further along:

One thing that needs to be said is that evangelical textual criticism is not synonymous with textual criticism carried out by individuals who are evangelical. Evangelical textual criticism is textual criticism which is governed by the principles of evangelicalism. Thus while, for instance, there are some individuals who are undoubtedly evangelical who hold that an English translation of the Bible is superior to what is found in all the Greek manuscripts of the NT, since their position is in conflict with the historic evangelical position that locates the authority of the NT in the Greek they may be evangelical, but their textual criticism is not.

And yes, I'm embarrassed to only now have discovered this resource, but hey, better late than never. I'll learn this internet thing yet!