Postdoctoral Position: Text, Transmission and Translation of 1 Corinthians
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 Greek witnesses to 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 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.
Working as part of a team of researchers, the successful candidate will
contribute to the project's objective of analysing the Greek textual
transmission of 1 Corinthians.
The successful candidate will
• digitally transcribe, study and analyse Greek continuous and non-continuous
manuscripts and their text using digital images, databases and electronic
• investigate significant variant readings and their development over the
first millennium; regularise and interpret abnormalities in the collation of
manuscripts linguistically and text-critically.
• evaluate Greek patristic material in its value for establishing the earliest
attainable text of 1 Corinthians.
• 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
• 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.
The successful candidate
• has completed a PhD in Theology (New Testament Studies or Patristics),
Classics or a related field.
• has an excellent command of Greek and at least one other major language of
• 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
• 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
• is willing to work in Leuven and to travel on project business (incl.
conferences), experience with working in research teams would be
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
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-
The project begins on 1st March 2022. The contract will initially be for 2
years and may be extended subject to a positive performance review and the
project's budget. The project team is led by Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker.
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.
Further enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Christina M. Kreinecker, email:
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