THE UNITED BIBLE SOCIETIES' TEXTUAL COMMENTARY EVALUATED BY J. K. ELLIOTT Leeds Ever since the publication of the United Bible Societies "Greek New Testament" (hereafter UBS) in 1966, reviewers have in general been reticent in their evaluation of the text while awaiting the promised companion volume by Professor B. M. METZGER. In that book the reasons were to be given why the committee responsible for the edition adopted certain variant readings for inclusion in the text and why they relegated the other readings as secondary. Until the companion volume arrived, one could only guess at the decisions and arguments behind the text. It is true that the "Introduction to the Bible Societies' Greek New Tes- tament" 1) set out some of the criteria used in choosing between variant readings and that these criteria were repeated in part in the text volumes but these did not tell the full story. In my review of the first and second editions of UBS 2) I had therefore to examine these criteria in the light of the resultant text and to see how far the editors had maintained their own principles. Explanation of the editors' motives had necessarily to be based on
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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