More Information about Critical Editions of the New Testament

Mark 13: Nestle-Aland 27th Edn.

This scan from Nestlé-Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece 27th edn. shows two and a half verses of Mark 13 and illustrates a typical critical edition. Some (there are many more) of the critical signs are demonstrated. The order of words between the red sigla are different in a number of manuscripts - these are then listed in the apparatus below the text. The yellow signs show where some manuscripts insert an extra word or phrase - in both cases the word 'for' is added. The blue signs indicate that in some manuscripts the following word has been replaced - the word meaning to be 'disturbed' (second instance in verse 7) has been replaced with to be 'agitated/troubled'.


Critical editions of the Old and New Testament are still predominantly in a book form. Nestlé-Aland are currently producing the first electronic edition, for which many scholars are awaiting with bated breath. 

The Institute for New Testament Textual Research at the University of Münster, Germany are compiling a really exciting and useful resource. Although, to acquire the full benefit Greek is needed, the site provides lots of information about the different manuscripts and gives you the feel of Biblical Textual criticism. To go to the site, click here.


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