Postdoctoral Position: Text, Transmission and Translation of 1 Corinthians in Coptic

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

November 8, 2021

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Postdoctoral Position: Text, Transmission and Translation of 1 Corinthians

in Coptic

(ref. BAP-2021-742)

Last modification : Friday, October 8, 2021

The KU Leuven, Belgium, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a 2-year 100% postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension up to a further 3 years) examining Coptic manuscripts to study the text and transmission of 1 Corinthians in the first millennium. The successful candidate will form part of the research team of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) funded Odysseus project “1Cor – Text, Transmission and Translation of 1 Corinthians in the First Millennium”. The project is situated within the Biblical Studies Research Unit of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. The 1Cor project's main goal is to produce full scientific text-critical editions and analyses of 1 Corinthians with an innovative multilingual perspective in order to come to a thorough text-critical understanding of the textual development and transmission of 1 Corinthians in the first millennium. This will include a full digital text-critical edition of the Greek text, providing the earliest attainable Greek text in the first millennium as part of the International Greek New Testament Project's contribution to the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) and a full critical edition of the Old Latin text of 1 Corinthians in its earliest attainable revisions as part of the Vetus Latina (VL) series of the Vetus Latina Institut Beuron (Germany). The project will evaluate biblical continuous and non-continuous manuscripts as well as patristic evidence and translations into multiple languages, including Latin, Coptic, Syriac, Gothic and Arabic, by means of cutting-edge digital tools designed for electronic transcriptions, collations and editions.

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Responsibilities

Working as part of a team of researchers, the successful candidate will contribute to the project's objective of analysing the Coptic (primarily Sahidic) textual transmission of 1 Corinthians.

The successful candidate will

• digitally transcribe, study and analyse Coptic continuous and non-continuous manuscripts and their text using digital images, databases and electronic technical transcription tools.

• investigate significant variant readings and their development over the first millennium; regularise and interpret abnormalities in the collation of manuscripts linguistically and text-critically.

• work both independently and closely with other members of the research team to deliver the project's goals.

• present research results at international and national conferences and colloquia.

• publish research results at the highest scientific level.

• participate in the organisation of events, activities and other tasks related to the project and its research (colloquia, team events, visits from external experts etc.).

• contribute to the Biblical Studies Research Unit and the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies by participating in its regular programme of academic activities and undertaking administrative activities.

Profile

The successful candidate

• has completed a PhD in Theology (New Testament Studies), Classics or a related field.

• has an excellent command of Greek and Coptic (Sahidic); additional knowledge of Bohairic is desirable.

• has significant experience with working in the field of manuscript studies and textual criticism and is familiar with the tedious scrutiny of variant readings. Experience with the technicalities of electronic editions is desirable.

• has an excellent command of English (project language) and sufficient competence in other languages to access relevant secondary literature.

• is enthusiastic about manuscripts, hard-working, organised, independent and cooperative.

• is willing to work in Leuven and to travel on project business (incl. conferences). Experience with working in research teams would be advantageous.

Offer

We are offering a full-time position in an intellectually challenging and inspiring environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence.

The successful candidate will be part of an innovative research team in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam. KU Leuven provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, etc. Further information can be obtained on: https: // www. kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/academic- staff/academic-staff-research-education-information#working-conditions

The project begins on 1st March 2022. The contract will initially be for 2 years and may be extended up to a further 3 years subject to a positive performance review and the project's budget. The project team is led by Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker.

Interested?

Your application should comprise the following:

• letter of motivation;

• curriculum vitae including details of linguistic skills;

• contact details for two people who are willing to provide a reference;

• outline of previous experience in the field of manuscript studies and particular interests in relation to scholarly editions of 1 Corinthians (max. 2 pages);

Further enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker, email: christina.kreinecker@kuleuven.be

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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