7593tc-list UBS4 John 4:1
- Dec 3, 1999Pete Williams called attention to the following typo:
> Is the lower case phi in Pharisees in UBS4 of John 4:1 a typo?Yes. I will forward this note to the German Bible Society. Any other
likely typos spot can be forwarded directly to them.
> I have been concerned about the typographical accuracy of UBS4 (e.g.heading
> p. 156,This one still needs correcting: Read is for ist.
> and verse number on John 1:25).So does this: Read 25 for 5
> Can anyone tell me about theAs Pete observes, the text of UBS4 is intended to be identical to
> typographical process of the production of UBS4?
UBS3(Corrected). Here's a bit of the background.
All editions through UBS3 (Corrected) utilized the same plates produced
from a specially commissioned typeface, called Porson. The differences
between 3 and 3(Corr) dealt primarily with changing the punctuation to
conform generally, but not totally, with the punctuation used in NA26.
According to Kurt Aland, the punctuation system in NA26 reflected ancient
punctuation style. GNT1-3 used what could be described as following modern
(American) English punctuation usage. The discussion of how we know the
principles of ancient Greek punctuation and whether a "modern" system is
more useful, especially for students and translators, is another matter.
This little history just explains how we got to where we are today.
When GNT4 thoroughly reworked the apparatus it became necessary to reset
the entire volume. Using the hot metal type system from the Porson days
was no longer possible, so the entire book was electronically typeset. It
seems to be inevitable, if regrettable, that a typesetting venture of this
complexity introduces typographical errors. The switch to a new system of
typesetting also explains why the font looks quite different, a change that
many people have lamented. GNT4 has now gone through three printings
(1993, 1994, 1998) and a number of typos have been eliminated. There are
more to be corrected, including those noted by Pete Williams.
The Bible Societies are grateful to all the careful readers who report
Harold P. Scanlin
Consultant on Scholarly Editions
United Bible Societies
New York, NY 10023
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