Alpha Christianity Project

Alpha Cover (v1)

The Project's New Testament journal, Alpha and its Sinological counterpart, Warring States Papers, make available, in conveniently citable form, some of the material developed and discussed in the Project study group and its wider acquaintance circle. The first volume of Alpha, with cover date of 2013, will appear in late 2014, and is expected to issue annually thereafter.

Like its older sister journal, Alpha seeks to apply standard philological methods to major unsolved textual problems: (a) to establish the nature and interrelations of the texts, including the recognition of interpolations and of text growth generally; (b) to date the texts or their constituent layers; and finally (c) to read the history of the period from that newly available source material. In both fields, with their core of culturally protected texts, these fundamental preliminaries have tended to be overlooked. The Project's revolution, in both its fields of concern, has consisted in large part simply of not overlooking them. Once the basic questions have been asked and at least in part answered, the history of each period is more readily available for study, in its own right and in comparison with similar developments both ancient and modern.

New contributions developing this methodologically fresh beginning are welcome. To encourage them, and to ensure variety in each annual volume, the journals emphasize short articles rather than long disquisitions.

Information. Here is the basic background information for Alpha:

Volumes. Sample papers from the current and some future volumes are available at this site:

  • Alpha v1 (2013)
  • Alpha v2 (2014)
  • Alpha v3 (2015)
  • Alpha v4 (2016)

After the print edition is exhausted, the full contents of each volume will be available in permanent free-access form at the University's ScholarWorks archive, and on some commercial databases.

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