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P.J. Williams

MA (Cambridge), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)
Senior Lecturer in New Testament

Deputy Head of Divinity, History and Philosophy

Email: p.j.williams@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone: INT +44 (0)1224 272378


Formerly Research Fellow in Old Testament, Tyndale House, Cambridge, and Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge.

The publications below represent a variety of research interests. However, the area where I believe that my contribution to scholarship has been most original is in documenting the changes that occur when biblical texts (Hebrew or Greek) are translated into the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. These not only elucidate our understanding of Syriac, but also bring into question a whole school of approaches common among contemporary textual critics. Often it is found that Syriac witnesses do not support the variants they are claimed to support, and some variants are even found to be entirely illusory. This research also has implications for how we establish the genetic relationships between early copies of the Bible. The major focus of my research is currently in the early versions of the New Testament and their use for textual criticism. Last autumn I presented the beginnings of a major re-evaluation of the versions at the SBL Congress (Abstract).

Here I am showing HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece and Brian Walton's London Polyglott (1657). In the background is Bishop John Taylor.



For some of the online publications you will need to access the free fonts SPAtlantis, SPEdessa, SPIonic, or SPTiberian at http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/fonts/. Unfortunately it has not been possible to ensure that Hebrew or Syriac word-wrap appear correctly on all browsers, and for pagination reference needs to be made to the originals.

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