Exploring Ancient New Testament Gospel Manuscripts
An Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Coogan
Dr. Jeremiah Coogan, a scholar of ancient manuscripts, explains the significance of the recent discovery of an ancient palimpsest. That’s an ancient writing found underneath other writing that had covered it. The object we’re discussing contains the Old Syriac translation fragment of the gospel of Matthew, and it gives us a window into what the text of some Greek copy of Matthew would have looked like in the late second century. Coogan also discusses his work with gospel prefaces.
Coogan’s research focuses on Gospel reading, manuscripts, and early Christian philology (textual scholarship). He reads some twenty ancient languages for his work in textual studies. He has published numerous scholarly articles, and his first book, Eusebius the Evangelist, published with Oxford University Press last year, won a couple of international prizes. Coogan is currently Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He earned his PhD in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame and held an EU-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford.
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Read about this recent discovery here.
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