[B-Greek] New UBS text, some thoughts on printing and binding

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Sep 26 06:05:46 EDT 2007


On Sep 26, 2007, at 12:05 AM, George F Somsel wrote:

> I'm not so sure about printing the GNT without chapter and verse  
> numbers, but with the technology available it shouldn't be too  
> difficult for an e-publisher such as Logos, BibleWorks or  
> Accordance to offer this as an option which could be turned on or  
> off at the reader's pleasure.

This option is available now in Accordance.

> I do agree about the binding.  When I was in seminary I had a  
> Kilpatrick NT that was only slightly different from the NA  
> version.  It was beautifully bound in leather and had gilded  
> edges.  The type face was about the best I've ever seen.  I wish I  
> still had it though the text would probably be a bit off by  
> comparison today's editions.
>
> george
> gfsomsel
>
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> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Curtis Hinson <curtis at curtishinson.com>
> To: B-Greek <B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:55:10 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] New UBS text, some thoughts on printing and binding
>
>
>>> So, it appears to be a combination of Zerwick's "A Grammatical
>>> Analysis
>>> Greek of the Greek New Testament" ( although a bit abbreviated),
>>> Zondervan's "Reader's Greek New Testament" and the UBS text. I  
>>> suspect
>>> there will be page proofs at AAR/SBL in November.
>>>
> If it takes anything from the "Reader's Greek New Testament" other  
> than
> glossing, I hope it's a nice presentation.  Fonts that are easy on the
> eyes, text that is well laid-out, quality acid-free paper, preferably
> sewn binding, and leather.  I don't know why the GNT has been  
> printed so
> many times in binding that is virtually disposable.  A text should be
> cherished every bit as much as all the lavish and enviable bindings  
> one
> finds translations in. It should last for many years of constant
> companionship.
>
> A good friend of mine and I were recently discussing the way the  
> GNT is
> printed.  He pointed out that in a typical GNT, you have verse numbers
> interrupting lines of text all throughout, whereas in many Hebrew
> bibles, the numbers are held in a column on the side of the page.
> There's something to this: I wouldn't mind having a monotonic printing
> of the GNT without chapter or verse numbers.
>
> I've been thinking that the universal practice of peppering the text
> with numbers everywhere has contributed to the practice of  
> atomizing the
> text and taking individual verses as though they are separate  
> entities,
> apart from the context they come from.  If one takes out most or  
> all of
> the numbers, it ought to encourage readers to read the material in a
> different way.  Letters, for instance, read more like letters when the
> eye isn't reminded every ten words that this text has been  
> vivisected to
> bits.  I'd think that the literary nature and genre of texts is a  
> little
> more apparent when they're not read with the "book, chapter, and  
> verse"
> mentality.
>
> I've also pondered the wild idea of having each book of the GNT  
> bound as
> a separate book.  The practice of reading the NT corpus as an
> inextricable harmonized unity undoubtedly misses what one might get  
> from
> settling down with just one book alone and considering what it might
> have meant to those who first read it.
>
> Bless the Name
> Curtis Hinson
> http://curtishinson.com
> http://adfontes.ath.cx
>
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Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Ret)




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