Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

Presidential Address

Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

Presidential Address

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Introduction given by David L. Petersen, Vice President, Society of Biblical Literature

Eldon Jay Epp received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University and held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California and at Case Western Reserve University. In 1998, Epp retired from Case Western Reserve, where he is Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature emeritus and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences emeritus. Most recently he was a visiting professor of New Testament at Harvard Divinity School. Epp has authored or edited four books and over forty articles. A volume of his collected essays is forthcoming. He currently sits on a number of editorial boards, including Hermeneia, the North American executive committee of the International Greek NT Project, the NT Language Project, and the Electronic NT Manuscript Project. In this and related ways, Epp has distinguished himself as a textual critic. His books and articles have done much to summarize and synthesize an enormous body of scholarship in a clear and cogent way. Moreover, he has recently, particularly in an article published in 1999, identified and described a subtle shift in recent textual studies. He has offered a proposal for a more honest and more self-conscious use of the term "original text," one that opens up the field of NT text-critical studies in new ways. As one scholar recently put it, Eldon has the ability not only to contribute to the field; he is in the process of helping redefine and reinvent the field of NT text critical studies.

Beyond his roles as teacher, author, editor, and administrator, Epp has contributed in vital ways to the life of this Society. …

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