# Friday, November 30, 2012

The good folks at Hendrickson provided me a review copy of NA28 (Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th Revised Edition). I’ve been focusing on the front matter, which spell out all of the differences in the edition.

I hope to write review material soon, hopefully starting this weekend. In the meantime, here are the bullet points from an ABS flyer advertising NA28:

  • Extensively revised
  • Simplified critical apparatus structure
  • Includes Papyri 117–127 readings
  • Revised Catholic Epistles (over 30 modifications in the main text)
  • Revised and supplemented cross-references

I think the first bullet is misleading. The INTF may have done extensive work in revising the text, the text itself is not extensively revised. The revisions themselves are rather minimal, as shown by “over 30 modifications” in the Catholic Epistles; that’s really not too many modifications in the scope of things. There has been lots of work; but that doesn’t translate into lots of revisions.

Those are the bullet points, but the real advance with NA28 is, of course the commencement of the process of introducing the text of the ECM into the hand-edition of the NA28, and the resultant changes in the apparatus for the Catholic Epistles. The front matter details all of this, and will be where I focus my attention in these review posts.

Lastly, a quick note on the cover. If you’re wondering (and unfamiliar with GBS publications), the yellow band is not part of the cover, it is paper wrapped around the cover and removable. There are different covers; the edition I was provided is the black imitation leather cover, “flexicover”. There are editions with a dictionary in back, but mine does not have the dictionary.

Post Author: rico
Friday, November 30, 2012 6:47:41 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:47:40 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Rick, there are new witnesses for the Catholic Epistles, and some old witnesses have been discarded. The apparatus has been simplified and made more consistent (no witnesses of the second order, etc), some Latin abbreviations have been dropped for more clarity and exactness. More importantly, a new sign, a diamond, has been introduced at over 120 places in the Catholic Epistles to signal that there is a second reading of equal value as the printed reading (the latter is always the NA27 reading, only for pragmatic reason).
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 10:31:18 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Tommy.

Thanks for the list. I have written subsequently about differences/etc., such as those you mention.

My statement on the first bullet being "misleading" was, however, a cheap shot that I shouldn't have made. Even the apparatus for the non-ECM text in NA28 has had significant attention. It was the juxtaposition of "extensive revisions" and then the mention of 30 changes to the text that set me off.

Thanks for the clarification.
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