There Will be No One Volume Edition of the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament

I received this email today (which I share with its author’s permission) :

Dear Dr. West,

Apologies for this belated reply. It took a few days until your request was finally forwarded to me.
We have considered several times a one volume edition of the Rahlfs Septuagint and the NA. It is obvious that such an edition would perhaps make even better sense than the existing Biblia Sacra with BHS and NA. There are, however, two substantial obstacles: First the Septuagint alone comprises already more than 2100 pages, approximately the same as the enire Biblia Sacra, and still adding the NA would go beyond the technical limits for one volume. And second the number of copies sold of the BHS & NA version is so modest that we are not encouraged to try the Septuagint & NA version as well. Therefore the chance that we will produce a one volume edition of the Septuagint and the GNT or NA is unfortunately close to zero.

With greetings and best wishes
Rolf Schäfer

Dr. Rolf Schäfer
Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft
Kirchliche Stiftung des öffentlichen Rechts
Balinger Straße 31 A D-70567 Stuttgart

I understand their reasons. I wish, nevertheless, that things could be otherwise. At any rate, since I previously mentioned the subject and promised to keep you up to date, there it is.

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3 thoughts on “There Will be No One Volume Edition of the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament

  1. Chuck Grantham 14 Dec 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This is what they made bible software and portable computing devices for.

    Besides, using electronic texts means you can blow them fonts way up, which is increasingly important as the Christmases roll by.


  2. Chuck Grantham 14 Dec 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Chuckles 31:15 (15) A voice was heard in Petros, lamentation, weeping, and wailing — Jim would not cease weeping for his Greek Bible, because it is not to be.


    • Jim 14 Dec 2011 at 8:45 pm



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