What’s the difference between the NA28 and the UBS5? Plus a FREE printable resource.

by Meg Rusick, Marketing & Communications Manager Recently we attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s orientation week, to meet with students and showcase our array of biblical studies and language reference books. One of the most common questions we heard was about the main differences between the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28) and Greek New Testament, 5th Revised … Continue reading What’s the difference between the NA28 and the UBS5? Plus a FREE printable resource.

Reader’s Edition of the UBS5 Greek New Testament: An Illustrated Review

If you’re interested in the UBS5 Greek New Testament, you must read Abram’s excellent review!

Words on the Word

Typesetting is somewhat subjective, but the German Bible Society’s UBS5 has some of the best-looking Greek text you’ll find in any New Testament.

The UBS5 itself is about three years old. (Hendrickson, which distributes GBS items in the U.S., put together this excellent infographic.) Known for its full-bodied text-critical apparatus, translators and students alike benefit from its footnoted listing of variant manuscript readings. (So do NA28-loving scholars; don’t let them fool you!)

The UBS5 Reader’s Edition significantly pares down the textual apparatus and in its place provides a running list of infrequently occurring Greek vocabulary. As the name implies, the Reader’s Edition is a one-stop shop that facilitates fluid reading of the Greek text, even for those who have had just a year or so of Greek studies.

Here’s what it looks like:

The “textual notes” here just “highlight the most important differences between major Greek manuscripts and identify…

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