Sunday, July 01, 2012

Introduction to Nestle-Aland 28

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Die 28. Auflage des Nestle-Aland. Eine Einführung‬

Author: David Trobisch
Publisher: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft
Language: German
ISBN-13: 9783438051417
Pages: 96
Price: ca. €9.90
Date of publication: 15.10.2012 (?)

The other day I blogged about the forthcoming Nestle-Aland 28, and described some of the innovations. For this 28th edition, a free standing introduction has been prepared by Dr. David Trobisch. The first part supplies a thorough explanation of the Nestle-Aland edition not presupposing any previous familiarity with critical editions. In a second part, Trobisch explains the structure of the apparatus and its appendices. The third and final part, aimed at practised users of Nestle-Aland, focuses on the new features of the 28th edition. 


12 comments :

  1. Tommy, where can I find this intro by DT?

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  2. Pete, it has not been released yet. You will be able to get it from any internet bookseller. It is in German, but Henricksons tells me it will probably be translated into English in due time.

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  3. Tommy,

    I'd like to know a bit more about the person who is introducing the Greek text of the NT. I've found a brief resume, and I've read (most of) his book (in which "miniscule" appeared instead of "minuscule"). But /what is his theology?/ I noticed some sort of association with the Community Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri, and I must say that their website suggests to me a distinctly liberal, pluralistic, and politicized sort of theology, particularly on the subject of homosexuality.

    The preacher at Community Christian Church of Springfield, Missouri, Roger Ray, recently stated, "The real message of Easter, if you take the metaphor seriously, is that the empire killed Jesus but the message did not stay in the tomb." This is a long long way, I believe, from an affirmation that Jesus arose from the dead and invited Thomas to put his fingers in the nailprints of his hands. To what theologians, and with what theology, has the New Testament's text been entrusted by the German Bible Society?

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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  4. Jim, beware of "guilt by association."

    Nevertheless, Trobisch is a respected scholar in the guild, and a friend of mine; for some years we co-chaired the Working with Biblical MSS program unit at ISBL meetings. Trobisch has a lot of experience of manuscript work. He has been associated with the American Bible Society for many years.

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  5. So is that innocence by association?

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  6. Tommy,

    All noted, but I would still like to know more about David Trobisch's theological views. Perhaps, since he is a friend of yours, you could interview him here at ETC sometime??

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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  7. PMH: "So is that innocence by association?"

    No, I am talking about credentials in the field of textual criticism, not where the said person may or may not have preached last Sunday.

    To take a different example, I can make good use of the Greek grammar by Blass-Debrunner-Funk, in spite of Funk's very different views of the historical Jesus.

    I have no idea about David Trobisch's theological orientation, but that is beside the point in relation to whether he is capable of writing a good intro. to NA28. Do you agree? On the other hand, his experience with NT manuscripts is very relevant.

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  8. JS: "you could interview him here at ETC sometime??"

    Perhaps so. However, I don't remember that I have interviewed anyone for the blog. I know that Pete Williams have.

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  9. Tommy,

    He's your good friend and you have no idea about his theological orientation?! It might be a good time now to find out.

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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  10. You can read his essays via his website: http://trobisch.com/david/wb/

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  11. Peter,

    Indeed. Here's what I have gathered about Dr. Trobisch:

    He's a Lutheran of some sort.

    Dr. David Trobisch’s “The Oldest Extant Editions of the Letters of Paul” (1999) can be found at http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=91 (based on the 1994 “Paul’s Letter Collection: Tracing the Origins).

    Another article by Dr. Trobisch can be found here:
    http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/galatians.htm

    Robert M. Price (a fellow-member, with Dr. Trobish, of the Center For Inquiry’s "The Jesus Project") offers some thoughts on Trobisch’s theories here:
    http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/reviews/trobisch_first.htm

    A Mormon author named Rene A. Krywult shares some observations about things that Dr. Trobisch has written about Mormonism and Joseph Smith Jr. at
    http://www.fairlds.org/authors/misc/letter-from-a-youth-pastor-four-lds-responses-to-frequently-asked-questions . According to Krywult, Dr. Trobisch wrote, after a year in which he researched Mormonism’s origins, "I have become firmly convinced that one can best interpret Joseph Smith's revelations – independent of their meaning – as subjective experiences of God [Gotteserfahrungen], which are really not that unusual in the context of religious phenomena. When Joseph Smith speaks of appearances or voices, he did in fact see and hear that which he reported."

    That explains why, on June 22, 2011, he was scheduled to give a presentation about the Kinderhook Plates at the Socrates Café in Missouri. Blog-entries for the Socrates Café can be found at
    http://www.trobisch.com/david/wb/pages/home/socrates-cafe.php .

    The Socrates Café also reports that about a year ago (June 1, 2011), Dr. Trobisch presided at a conversation about same-sex marriage. In a short article at the Socrates Café blog, Dr. Roger Ray, the preacher at the "Community Christian Church" of Springfield, Missouri, expresses avid support for same-sex marriage. Dr. Trobisch spoke from the pulpit at this church in June 24, 2012 (the talk was, "My Mother Killed All the Indians; My Father Killed All the Jews").

    Also, Dr. Trobisch is a founding member of Interfaith Maine, which, at http://www.interfaithmaine.us/collaborations.htm , claims some sort of association with the Maine Pagan Clergy Association.

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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  12. Hello Mr. Wasserman,
    Could you tell me what is the introduction to the NA28 that I should read if I want to understand their textual critical methodology and theory?

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