[B-Greek] Christian chumash?
curtis at curtishinson.com
Tue Aug 16 12:16:39 EDT 2005
Ah, whoops, I left off my full signature. Sorry for the omission.
Bless the Name
Curtis Hinson wrote:
>I have been discussing this idea with someone and I would like to see it
>done or know if it exists.
>As far as I've been able to tell, there is no true Christian equivilant
>of the chumashim. Why not have a type of Synopsis Quattor with a line
>or two of the Greek text of, say, Mark at the top, and around it use the
>other gospels as commentary. Different volumes could do the same thing
>with other synoptic priorities I suppose. Now where you'd find talmudic
>commentary in a Chumash, you could have NT commentary, early fathers,
>and modern commentators. Where you'd find the targum, one could have
>related LXX texts and Peshitta. There should be a standard format used,
>and each gospel should get its own font, its own personality so to speak.
>Of course it would be nice to have the same sort of format for the
>entire NT: texts commenting on each other, related versions, and
>external commentary showing opposing or varying points of view. This
>sort of literature emphasizes the diversity and personalities of the
>texts in the NT anthology. The idea is not to harmonize texts that
>don't harmonize, but to give each its own voice and personality, and
>also to juxtapose different opinions rather than distilling scholarship
>into one opinion, or presenting one option as the correct one.
>The closest thing to this I've run into is Alford's Greek New
>Testament. Alford had a 6-volume set. Each page has a few lines of
>critical text. Next to that are canon references and cross-references.
>Under this is his apparatus. This app is interesting because it often
>notes interesting anomalies in particular manuscripts you might not
>ordinarily pick up in an app. Then Alford writes his own commentary
>where he quotes and reacts to other major scholarship and presents some
>different interpretive options. I am proud to own Alford but I really
>wonder why it hasn't been updated, or why I haven't seen similiar recent
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