Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bird reviews Swanson

A new review by our co-blogger Michael Bird has just been published in Review of Biblical Literature (here).

Bird reviews Reuben Swanson’s New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Variant Readings Arranged in Horizontal Lines against Codex Vaticanus: 2 Corinthians. The review ends with the following lines:

“The vast amount of work and detail that has gone into this book on the text of 2 Corinthians is quite breathtaking. Swanson’s New Testament Greek Manuscripts have been around for quite some time and are a resource that benefit scholars and students who are interested in the textual history of the New Testament and the sociology of that textual history as well. His volume on 2 Corinthians is a commendable addition to that series.”


  1. Readers may consult also David Parker's review of Swanson's Romans volume in TC 8 (2003).

  2. ... and J.K. Elliott's several reviews of some of Swanson's earlier volumes in Novum Testamentum:

    Romans in Novum testamentum 45 no 4 2003, p 408-411.

    Galatians in Novum testamentum 43 no 2 2001, p 178-180.

    Matthew in Novum testamentum 39, 1997, p 286-289.

    1 Cor in Novum Testamentum 49, no 1, 2007, pp. 97-100.

    See also the errata list to Swanson maintained by Wieland Willker:

  3. I wholly agree with the review. Swanson's works have been an invaluable resource to me as an autodidact. I'm quite sure that his books could also aid a student who is just beginning to learn how to use the apparatus of his/her NA27 or UBS4.

  4. The French review of 1 Cor is a rather nice and thoughtful explanation of the Swanson series to a francophone audience.

  5. SCC: "The French review of 1 Cor"

    The French review of 1 Cor by Claudio Zamagni is available in Review of Biblical Literature at:


    Apart from the reviews of Bird and Zamagni, there are two other reviews of Swanson's volumes in Review of Biblical Literature to make the list complete:

    by Tobias Nicklas at:

    Acts of the Apostles
    by Wayne Kannaday at:

  6. Thanks. I was indeed referring to the Zamagni review. (I would have liked it even in Italian.)