Thoughts On Turner's Greek Papyri

Today I finished a very useful book entitled Greek Papyri: An Introduction by E. G. Turner. I do not have the background to review its contents, but I found the book pretty enjoyable and informative. To read it you should know Greek (though you often don’t need it to know what is going on) and it would be beneficial to you if you are familiar at all with classical studies (I am not very familiar myself though that is changing) or textual criticism, but it is not necessary. You should have a good grasp of the basic time-line of history of the Hellenistic period.

The book now is about forty years old, so there are a lot of things about which this book is probably out of date. I imagine there are much newer introductions to Greek papyri (and if you have any suggestions, I’m open). This is a book I picked up from the DTS library. I think I may have to buy myself a copy.

Over the last week or so this book has served as my "please pick of Samuel and hold him because he’s crying" book. Consequently my five-month-old has something of an education in papyrology now. I hope he retains it. In the meantime I’ve moved on to Huizinga’s biography of Erasmus. I hope he finds that enjoyable as well.


Brett 2008-06-02 05:44:41


I am anxious to read your review on Erasmus. I've done very little study on him and would like to hear more about him. If you take requests, I'd like to get a better understanding of his Greek training as opposed to his Latin training. My understanding is that his Greek New Testament was really an afterthought; the TR was originally going to be just Latin until a friend suggested he add Greek as well. I think Latin was his main passion but that is only a guess. 

BTW, I am still getting that error box (Slow Script) when I mistype something and try to correct it or delete a word here and there. Of course, I rarely mistype something :-o P


Brett 2008-06-04 09:48:53


I think I may have asked you this before, but are you slated to go on any expeditions with Dan? If so, I hope that is the one I go on as well. You probably won't like that, however - because I have a million questions and you probably won't get any rest. 

Any other papers you care to share with me? I'll read just about anything related to doctrines or Greek.

Hope all is well with you.


Eric 2008-06-08 12:06:02

As you can tell, I haven't gotten around to changing the comment box yet. Will do so when I have some time.

Will let you know on Erasmus. I was hoping to find out the same. So far I've been a little disappointed in what I've been able to glean.

I am not going on any expeditions, though I would like to at some point. I think I'm going to stay here at home. It gives me more time to blog :).