Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (Crossway 2017)

Crossway (publishers of the ESV) merits a lot of credit for their boldness. No publisher, it seems, has put so much effort into pushing the development of Bible designs and formatting.

Crossway's successes can be attributed in part to the collaboration between its own internal design department and its printers. Crossway has done some fantastic work with R L Donnely, Jongbloed, and LEGO SpA.

As of late, Crossway's collaborations with LEGO SpA have taken much of the spotlight, and every indicator suggests this will continue.

In November 2017, Crossway releases a new edition of the Greek New Testament, The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge.

This latest collaboration between Crossway and LEGO promises to provide more scholarly inclined readers with a potentially incomparable edition of the Greek New Testament:

While a few trusted Greek texts are in print, significant advances have been made in Greek translation studies of the New Testament since a standard text was adopted by academics in 1975. The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge has been created under the oversight of editors Dr. Dirk Jongkind (St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Peter Williams (Tyndale House, Cambridge). Together with their team, they have taken a rigorously philological approach to reevaluating the standard text—reexamining spelling and paragraph decisions as well as allowing more recent discoveries related to scribal habits to inform editorial decisions.

The edition will likely inspire discussion - it will be interesting to see just how deep of a re-evaluation the standard text is present in this edition.

LEGO is producing the hardcover and TrueTone edition of this volume.

The initial specs are as follows:

  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • Textual apparatus
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • 10 pt font

The paper quality will be similar to that of the ESV Reader's Bible 6-volume set.

Admittedly, I have waited patiently for a day when a publisher like Crossway would start producing original language texts in the type of formatting usually reserved for premium editions. The common editions produced by United Bible Society and German Bible Society are poorly bound. Normal use will begin wearing away at the spine hinges in a couple of months - the paper might be archival, but the binding isn't meant to stand up to anything beyond occasional reference.

Therein lay the great promise behind this new collaboration between Crossway and LEGO SpA - the prospect of having a Greek New Testament designed for real use and reading.

Let's hope this is successful and it proves to be the catalyst for a movement to improve the quality of original language editions.

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