Dec 2, 2008 David Lang

New Releases at ETS/SBL

Last week, I told you a little about our booth at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The pace was exhausting, but the energy and excitement in the booth were exhilarating. Here's a picture of the booth from the morning of the first day of SBL. Believe it or not, this was one of our least busy times!

One thing I couldn't tell you about last week was all the new products that were released at ETS/SBL. Because we take a number of our staff to the conferences and leave a partial crew to hold down the fort back home, we usually wait until we get back to publicize all the new releases. Now that our sales staff is back at full strength and recovered from the tryptophan-induced drowsiness of Thanksgiving, we're ready to tell you about all the new stuff.

GNT Papyri: For several years now, Accordance has been releasing fully tagged transcriptions of Greek New Testament manuscripts, beginning with the major uncial codices (Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Bezae, and Washingtonensis). This year, we've added fully tagged versions of the Greek New Testament Papyri based on the second edition of Comfort & Barrett's The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. The GNTPAP-M module contains the text of the papyri in manuscript order (P1, P4/P64/P67, P5, etc.), while the GNTPAP-C module presents them in canonical order. In other words, each verse of the Bible will be shown in every manuscript in which it appears. This allows you to display the manuscripts in parallel with other Greek New Testament texts. Finally, the GNTPAP-M Notes module contains Comfort and Barrett's introductions and notes for each manuscript.

Eusebius: Accordance has also been leading the way for some time now in releasing fully-tagged extrabiblical Greek and Hebrew texts. The latest of these is Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History. The current module contains volumes 1-5, with the rest to follow.

Coptic New Testaments: We also released the Coptic New Testament in both the Sahidic and Bohairic dialects, and the "Egyptian Greek New Testament." These are all untagged.

BDB Complete: For some time now, we've included an abridged edition of Brown-Driver-Briggs' classic Hebrew lexicon in the various levels of the Scholar's Collection. This edition included the English glosses and definitions, but did not include all the Scripture references and cognate language information. For those who need that information, we have just released the complete edition of BDB.

Ugaritic Data Bank: Okay, it's here that I get in way over my head! (Who am I kidding? I'm in over my head with Coptic too!) Anyway, the new Ugaritic Data Bank contains the cuneiform tablets from Ugarit in transliteration with contextual data, bibliography, and comments, edited by Jesus-Luis Cunchillos et al. For an English translation of many of these texts, you can turn to Context of Scripture.

Onkelos Glossary: This new Aramaic glossary by Ed Cook includes all the vocabulary of Targum Onkelos, with bibliographical references to cognates in other Aramaic dialects.

In addition to all the new stuff, there were significant upgrades to quite a few existing modules. The MT/LXX Parallel has been greatly expanded and revised. The Hebrew Inscriptions now include the text of 711 Hebrew seals. The Qumran sectarian manuscripts now contain all of DJD 37 and DJD 40. There have been refinements to the tagging of the Hebrew Bible, and the tagged Septuagint is now comprised of Rahlfs Revised Edition with formatting and punctuation. Swete's edition of LXX has been expanded to include Genesis through 2 Kings, and the tagged Vulgate is now complete. Finally, the CNTTS Apparatus of the Greek New Testament now includes everything except the Corinthian epistles and the book of Revelation.

As if all that weren't enough, there are two major projects which weren't quite finished in time for ETS/SBL. Volumes 1-11 of Galaxie Software's Theological Journal Library, and Volumes 100-114 of the Journal of Biblical Literature should soon be available.

As you can see, we had a lot of new material to show at this year's meetings. That, along with all the new features in version 8, helped generate a lot of excitement.

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Archived Comments


December 06, 2008 9:14 PM
So if we have bought any of these modules in the past year, will they need updating.

Tim Ricchuiti

December 06, 2008 9:15 PM
Any chance a Gospel of Thomas in Coptic module is on the horizon?