Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Launch of SBL Text-Critical Resources Web Page

Email from SBL:

Texts lie at the heart of biblical studies and the related fields its members research and teach. It is with this core interest in mind that the Society of Biblical Literature has launched a web page providing resources for text-critical research, writing, and collaboration.

Please visit “Texts and Resources,” which you can also find under the Educational Resources navigation button on the left column of the SBL home page.

At its launch, this web page showcases the decades-long commitment of the German Bible Society/Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (GBS), which has produced the staples that have nourished generations of biblical scholars and translators.

On this web page, members who log in will find the reading text (the upper text without critical apparatus) of four GBS editions available in several file formats, including downloadable PDFs and texts viewable via a GBS online platform:

        • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 5th revised edition
        • Septuaginta, edited by Alfred Rahlfs, 2nd revised edition
        • Biblical Sacra luxta Vulgatam Versionem, 5th revised edition
        • UBS Greek New Testament, 4th revised edition

Also available on this web page are links to the SBL Fonts and the SBL Greek New Testament.

SBL members can be grateful to the collaborative efforts of Florian Voss (GBS’s Senior Editor and International Rights Director) and Felix Breidenstein (GBS’s Former Executive Director) for making this partnership a reality and for providing a significant service to SBL members. We hope those who use these texts will likewise express their appreciation and support for GBS.


  1. Does it seem likely (or even a possibility) that the apparatuses will become available in these resources?

  2. That's "Biblia Sacra Iuxta Vulgatam Versionem."

  3. How can a text without an apparatus qualify as a 'text-critical resource'? It is just the opposite, an encouragement to lazy scholars to ignore textual problems. (Compare the practice in certain of the SBL book series of reprinting existing texts stripped of apparatus criticus and pretending that the result qualifies as a scholarly resource.)

  4. "an encouragement to lazy scholars to ignore textual problems"

    Perhaps. Though they will do so without the encouragement, I'm sure.

    The danger from the other side -- and a greater one, I think -- is that our apparatuses cause us to mistake the problems of textual transmission for all of criticism. The central tenant of scholarship should be developing a reading relationship with the text in the original languages.


    Rod Decker has passed away.