Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Parallel Pericopes of the Synoptic Gospels (Editio Critica Maior series)

A long-awaited tool from the INTF in Münster is soon to be published:
Parallel Pericopes of the Synoptic Gospels edited by Holger Strutwolf and Klaus Wachtel in the Novum Testamentum Graecum, Editio Critica Maior series (NTGECM).

Publisher: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft Stuttgart
Publication info: Forthcoming January 2012
Bibliographic info: ca. 160 pages
Cover: Cloth
ISBN: 1-59856-940-6
ISBN13: 978-1-59856-940-7

This is the result of a research project designed to complement the test passage collations (Text- und Textwert) of the Synoptic Gospels, by which the influence of textual parallels on the formation of variants can be studied. It presents evidence of 154 MSS in 38 synoptic pericopes.

Klaus Wachtel’s SBL paper from 2009, “The Byzantine Text of the Gospels: Recension or Process,” is an example of how the tool can be used for a specific research question. I am sure this tool will be very useful. It would also be nice if we would have access to the database in the future.

Publisher’s description:

The Institute for New Testament Textual Research in Münster, Germany, presents a new volume in the Novum Testamentum Graecum, Editio Critica Maior series: a special edition of the Greek text and a critical apparatus for 38 parallel pericopes from the Synoptic Gospels that also includes three parallel passages from the Gospel of John and the First Letter to the Corinthians. The apparatus comprises all the variants of 154 manuscripts preserving text from at least two Synoptic Gospels. This volume presents evidence from those primary witnesses from which any study of the textual history of the Synoptic Gospels has to start. Parallel Pericopes is an invaluable resource for research of the history of the Greek text of the Synoptic Gospels.


  1. Thanks for the reminder.
    Covering 38 pericopes on only 160 pages?

  2. In the commentary portion, is it in English or German?

  3. In the previous installments in the ECM series there are prefaces and notes on the reconstruction of the text in both German and English (cf. Nestle-Aland), so I suppose the accompanying material in this volume will also be in the two languages.

  4. Do we have a publication date?