Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Graduate Student Paper Award
Cambry Pardee, an NTEC Ph.D. candidate at Loyola, was awarded the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature's Graduate Student Paper Award for a paper titled "Peter's Tarnished Image: Scribal Polishing in the Gospel of Luke (Ms. 0171)." An enhanced version of the paper will be published in the international journal Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi 33/1, which specializes in biblical and exegetical studies, in Spring 2016. The paper analyzes a third century manuscript of Luke that has been strategically altered in order to polish the reflection of Peter in the Passion Narrative and identifies three textual variants that soften the harsh depiction of Peter. Then, it explores two plausible contexts for the manuscript. This fragment is a testament to the dynamic role of scribes in the transmission of Gospel tradition. Mr. Pardee will defend his Ph.D. dissertation on March 21. The title of his dissertation is "Scribal Harmonization in Greek Manuscripts of the Synoptic Gospels from the Second to the Fifth Century."