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Friday, June 22, 2007  

More New Goodies: Scofield and Metzger

The last month has seen a spate of new Accordance releases: the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible in English, the Textbook of Aramaic Documents from Ancient Egypt, the second edition of the ESV, the video training DVD, and now, the Scofield Study Bible Notes and Metzger's Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament.

The Scofield Reference Bible is one of the earliest and best known study Bibles. The widespread influence of Dispensational theology today can largely be traced back to the popularity of the Scofield Bible, along with Ryrie's Study Bible after it. The Accordance Scofield module contains the 2004 Oxford edition of Scofield's study Bible notes, complete with maps and a host of charts and tables.

Although Scofield will be of immediate interest to dispensationalists, I was actually surprised at how few of the notes presented a specifically dispensational perspective. The vast majority of the notes present valuable background and explanatory information which is of use to a broad range of users. It's easy to see why Scofield's Bible became so popular, and why it's still in use today.

The late Bruce Metzger's Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament is a resource I've personally been hoping to get for a long time. A deceptively thin book with around 700 crêpe-paper thin pages, this companion to the Greek New Testament expands on the textual apparatus by explaining why the editorial committee chose one variant reading over another. For those like myself who know just enough about textual criticism to be dangerous, a critical apparatus is helpful, but it can often leave you even more confused. Metzger's textual commentary is like an apparatus "for the rest of us," explaining text-critical decisions in the closest thing to layman's terms I've seen. As a reference tool, you can search the textual commentary for every mention of a particular manuscript, or you can display it in a parallel pane alongside the Greek New Testament.

Both of these modules are relatively inexpensive, and are available for immediate download. Enjoy!

Thanks, David.

Now if we can get Smyth's Greek Grammar, as well as Funk's, we'll be going places!


Does it footnote the references too? That would be amazing!

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