Warring States Publications
Studies in Philology
Apart from the interest of their various subjects, these books seek to demonstrate that the philological methods which underlie the Project's findings about the date and nature of the classical Chinese texts are valid universally, and may be applied with success to problems confronting other humanistic disciplines.
One very famous philological problem is the question of the order and relationships of the Synoptic Gospels in New Testament studies, which is recognized as crucial for any investigation of the program and teachings of the Historical Jesus and the history of early Christianity. Several projected volumes in this series are devoted to a detailed reconsideration of this problem.
An overview volume, Text Preliminaries, provides an elementary introduction to these techniques for historians who may confront a doubtful passage in a text which they are using, or who merely wish to know how philologists proceed to remove later corruptions from the texts, date and evaluate them, and otherwise make them safely available for the historian's work of interpretation. Examples given in this book are not limited to one language, as is the case with all previous introductions to the subject, but range over English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Japanese, and Chinese.
Release dates are tentative. Volumes presently planned, in chronological order by subject, are:
Classical Chinese Studies
The Saga of Chung-ar: A Reconstruction (Eric Henry)
The Epic of Chu and Han: A Reconstruction (Stephen Durrant)
New Testament Studies
The Gospels of Mark: Rethinking Jesus (2017)
Xristos: Teachings of the Messiah (2018)
Luke and the Second Christian Generation (2019)
Yet a Little While: Jesus in the Gospel of John
Notes / on Early Christian Texts
General and Methodological
256 Words: A Predictionary for Classical Chinese
Text Preliminaries: A Manual for Historians
Detailed descriptions, and in some cases sample readings, are available at the above pages. This is an open series, and proposals from authors, especially in the classical Chinese area, are currently being considered by the Project.
Orders may be placed for books, once announced, with the University of Massachusetts Press.
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