Over at the B-Greek list Kent D. Clarke wrote:
"To get right to the point, Professor Swanson is certainly not dead! In
fact, I chatted with him over the telephone last week.
I spent a most wonderful week with Professor Swanson and his gracious
wife in Ohio in the late spring, and have been kindly invited to work
along with him on his New Testament Manuscript project. I have begun
collating for the book of Revelation, while he draws very near to
concluding his work on 2 Corinthians.
My stay with him and his wife in the spring was very pleasant and
enjoyable. His sense of humour is most infectious! He is, in many
regards, an amazing and generous man (I admit, I may now be a little
While I had occasionally used his Greek editions of the New Testament
text prior to ever meeting him, I was both enlightened and humbled to
actually work along side of him during our week together. I really had
no idea as to the immense effort, thoughtfulness, and efficiency he has
put into his Manuscript project. I have been even more impressed of late
going back through his published editions. His attention to detail and
his accuracy of transcription and collation is absolutely remarkable!
And I say that as one who had to be, at least initially, convinced in
regards to the value of not only the underlying philosophy of his
critical text, but his desire to work singularly (as opposed to a
committee) on this project. As well, his ingenuity in overcoming
numerous "hurdles" that have fallen in his path in regards to his
transcription and collation of the manuscripts is admirable (oh that we
academics were more collegial and forthcoming with each other in our
Regardless, even if one disagrees with Professor Swanson's underlying
philosophy of a critical text of the Greek New Testament, the massive
effort that he has single-handedly put into this project over the years
is most deserving of admiration, something that I personally feel he has
not received enough of (though he would never ask for or expect such).
As the project continues to draw ever closer to completion, I believe
that the value of Professor Swanson's work will be increasingly realized
in line with the numerous other critical editions of the Greek New
I can add the following news bit:
Swanson finally agreed to share his material. I have note that it will
go out with Bibleworks (so, buy this program!). But it will probably
take a while to get the formatting things right.
As you probably know I have a Swanson error page. Please report
everything you recognize to me! Also suggestions regarding the digital
edition are welcome. Perhaps there will also be a new printed edition of
the Gospels (in the higher standard of his later works). All very
promising news ...
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany