Monday, December 15, 2014

Silva On Textual Analysis

In his commentary on Philippians, Moisés Silva writes:
"The most accessible source for this purpose is NA27, which lists many more variants than UBS4. Even this larger number, of course, represents only a portion of the available evidence; the editor, Kurt Aland, has had to do a great deal of preliminary sifting of the material to produce this handy text, and those students who depend on it are in effect trusting the editor's judgment for a very large number of decisions. In my opinion, Aland's principles and procedure are generally valid and well executed. The resulting work is a magnificent edition that can serve us well as a starting point" (Philippians, BECNT, 23). 
I'm certainly thankful for my edition Greek New Testament. There's one thing that I want to highlight and reiterate. It is just a starting point. As you study your passage in different commentaries or cue up your passage in the INTF database, you'll notice manuscript evidence that's not found in the lower half of your NA or UBS edition. On those textual issues that really impact the meaning of a passage or significantly add to or reduce what you would teach in your exposition of the New Testament (e.g., the ending of Mark, the pericope of the woman caught in adultery), you want to move beyond just the evidence you encounter in the apparatus of your GNT. You want to collect that evidence and save it for future consultation. Build your charts, write down your observations.

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