RE: a good greek bible

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Tue Oct 19 1999 - 09:28:44 EDT

<x-flowed>To: Esteban Otero,

<< A small note concerning some differences between the NA27 and the UBS4
corr. from a "little greek" (based upon my limited knowledge of the issue):
1. Although the NA27 has more variant readings listed in its critical
apparatus, the UBS4 is more exhaustive in its listing of witnesses for the
variant readings it does include. >>

IMO, that is NOT a real selling point for the UBS4. At least I reach a
saturation point where all those extra witnesses in the UBS apparatus are
merely numbers.

<< 2. I do know the UBS4 has a critical apparatus for punctuation (I'm not
sure about the NA27) which is very handy at some points. >>

Actually, that is a nice feature of the UBS text. Although the Nestle-Aland
text does occasionally mention punctuation in their apparatus, they don't
have anything like the UBS punctuation apparatus.

<< 3. The UBS4 also comes with a concise Greek-English lexicon by Barclay
M. Newman,Jr. in the back. It is a nice reminder lexicon for when
"little greeks" forget their vocabulary (though it is by NO MEANS a
standard, or essential in detailed lexicographic work!). >>

Does this mean you don't carry your Liddell & Scott's lexicon (my lexicon
of choice) around wherever you go? (I don't either. <g>) But I would
suggest that for most intermediate students, a lexicon is not always enough
help. IMO the best lexical tool is: "A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek
New Testament" by Max Zerwick and Mary Grosvenor (Biblical Institute
Press). In the USA, one can obtain a copy from Loyola Press (800-621-1008).
It gives help on understanding the vocabulary, forms, and syntax, verse by
verse! It is a small handy volume which one can carry with one's Greek NT
of choice.

<< In the end, the NA27 is considered the "scholar's bible" and is referred
to most in scholarly publications, while the UBS4 is the "translator's
bible". >>

There are a number of smaller difference between the two, such as
orthographical differences, and there are differences in their ways of
identifying quotations from Hebrew scripture. The UBS text has section
headings (in English). There are also an occasional versification
difference between the two texts!

One helpful item in the UBS text is that the UBS text has a graded
evaluation given for every passage where variants are cited. Of course, one
can also find these graded evaluations in "A Textual Commentary on the
Greek New Testament" by Bruce M. Metzger (2nd edition, 1994).

Of course, the real solution is to buy both! FWIW ... I have all six
editions of the UBS texts (1, 2, 3, 3c, 4, & 4.2) as well as a dozen or
more editions of the Nestle/Nestle-Aland texts sitting on my shelves next
to my desk (that is not counting other editions). <g>

<< While on the topic of good greek bibles, could someone please help me to
find a copy of Kurt Aland's Synopsis Quattuor Evangelorium in the latest
edition (15 or 18?). I found it through the American Bible Society, but it
seems like their has to be a way to get it for less. Thanks in advance. >>

Christian Book Distributors didn't even have Aland's SQE listed. You can
try asking at Dove Booksellers (800-318-4537) or Eisenbrauns
(219-269-2011), for example, but I seriously doubt that you will find it

-Steven Craig Miller ("Hey, we got the same first name!")
Alton, Illinois (USA)

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nothing for anyone, and do whatever he or she pleases. So God punishes one
knave by means of another" (BoC 386.154).

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