College students with any main can conduct undergraduate analysis at Notre Dame; many select to take action in the summertime.
Some work in labs, some associate with professors for particular initiatives, and others journey all through the US and the world.
Meet Daniel O’Brien, who’s working with historical manuscripts with David Lincicum, affiliate professor of theology.
Daniel O’Brien ’24
Majors: Philosophy, Theology, and Classics supplemental main with focus in Greek
What I Do:
I’m at the moment working with Professor David Lincicum on a venture in regards to the Epistle of Barnabas, a non-canonical Christian work written roughly between 70 and 132 AD.
Particularly, I help with the manuscript collation, the method of evaluating differing manuscripts or editions of the identical work as a way to set up a corrected textual content. This course of is instrumental in turning the uncooked information of assorted manuscripts right into a single textual content to be utilized, whereas nonetheless noting the idiosyncrasies and variants the totally different manuscripts deliver to the desk.
I’m additionally engaged on analyzing the various “scriptural” quotations discovered within the work, a few of which fluctuate distinctly from the “commonplace” texts they purport to cite and others of that are totally mysterious in origin.
One lurking query asks to what extent the writer of the work is intentionally altering and even producing quotations to suit his makes use of, or if he’s quoting from variant or unknown sources. One other part of my analysis pertains to how different writers modern to the Epistle of Barnabas cite and exegete these identical sources, as a way to verify the epistle’s place in post-temple Judaism and early Christianity.
Why I Determined to Do Analysis this Summer time:
I’ve had a sustained curiosity in early Christianity since highschool, an curiosity that has grown at Notre Dame, fostered by our glorious school and sources throughout many departments; after commencement, I intend to attend graduate faculty and finally pursue a Ph.D. on this area.
Setting apart a part of my summer season for analysis permits me to focus particularly on analysis, buying expertise first-hand that may assist me in my tutorial profession and pursuing a subject I discover fascinating.
How I Received Began:
This previous semester, I took New Testomony Introduction with Professor Lincicum, and have become significantly with the world of the New Testomony—significantly, early non-canonical Christian works, people who “didn’t make the minimize.” Fortuitously, Professor Lincicum himself talked about that he was engaged in analysis regarding one such work, the Epistle of Barnabas, and I requested if I might work as his analysis assistant on this venture in the course of the summer season.
What I’m Studying So Far:
Analysis takes time, however is rewarding—I’ve begun the manuscript collation course of, and searching again upon pages of accomplished collation is a satisfying feeling. I’m significantly glad I’m able to do analysis in the summertime, with fewer distractions from schoolwork and extracurriculars whereas having the identical sources out there to me, significantly these out there by the Hesburgh Library.
Personally, this analysis has highlighted a dimension of my area to which I had beforehand not given sufficient thought—the numerous arms all through the centuries who laboriously hand-copied manuscripts for his or her preservation, a very spectacular feat for these copying non-canonical works. The idiosyncrasies of Greek handwriting is a world I had not been uncovered to earlier than, and with the ability to learn it’s a distinctive expertise, to not point out an important ability to have in my area. Having the ability to look at and think about the very handwriting of those scribes, as a substitute of typed textual content on a web page, has been an interesting expertise, and I’m trying ahead to persevering with this analysis for the remainder of the summer season.
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Initially revealed by admissions.nd.edu June 27, 2022.at