New TCG 2011
- Dear friends,
with the new year I am updating once again the Textual Commentary. It is now
the 8th edition and has about 2500 pages.
Changes to the previous version:
1. A formal change: I have decided that it is better to combine the major
commentary file and the file with the "minor WH variants" into one. This
erodes a bit the principle that only important and interesting variants are
covered, but it allows for faster searching and comparison.
- Checked for all variants from the Vulgate edition of Wordsworth White.
- Checked all readings of X/033 from the new online photos. X has a
comparatively good text in John (about 50% Byz).
- In 2009 an important dissertation appeared, that of Amy M. Donaldson:
"Explicit references to NT variant readings among Greek and Latin church
fathers", which she kindly provided online. I went through it and
incorporated many of the quotations into the commentary. Thanks for this
- The INTF in Münster has opened a so called "Virtual manuscript room", in
which they started to present their images. These are mostly the old films
acquired by Aland and his colleagues. This is a great service, since many of
these manuscripts are not online anywhere else. The following are important
for this commentary:
* of f13: 13, 69, 346, 828
* others: 579, 700, 1342, 1582, 1675
I checked them at all relevant places.
- Some new images from Vienna appeared online (059, 070, 0177, 0181 etc.).
- CSNTM put manuscript 1424 online. I checked these, too.
- This year I also devoted some time to check and inspect the various
Diatessaron witnesses (esp. Ephrem's commentary and the Arabic Diatessaron)
and noted noteworthy readings here and there.
- I also went through the Marcion quotations again (Zahn and Harnack).
- 2010 a new critical GNT came out, the SBL GNT by Mike Holmes. I compared
all readings in the commentary and noted SBL accordingly.
- Plus many various changes throughout.
Mk 3:31, 3:33, 5:38, 6:31-33, 8:22a, 8:22b, 9:39
Lk 5:39b, 20:24, 22:6, 24:32a
Note that this is always a work in progress!
Comments, thoughts, literature
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany