NA28 editions (ESV, NRSV, REB)
My heart sunk a bit a few months ago when I saw that the NA28-ESV diglot published by Crossway – I had feared that this would be the official replacement for the wonderful NA27-RSV diglot published by the German Bible Society (or the interesting NA27-NET diglot). As it turns out, my fears were unnecessary – it appears that the German Bible Society is putting out an edition of the NA28 with both the NRSV and REB translations, which will be useful on all sorts of levels.
Crossway has been very active in publishing all sorts of editions, but as I previously reported, their edition of the ESV together with BHS was a stinker.
(I do not wish to belabor the point here, but I should mention that I have long held the opinion that the RSV and NRSV are better translations than the ESV, and I also take issue with the narrowness of the ESV panel. On the other hand, I continue to be impressed by Crossway’s success in marketing the ESV and making it available in a wide array of formats.)
Of course, all of these diglots are a bit anachronistic, in the sense that none of the translations mentioned (ESV, NET, NRSV, REB) used the NA28 as source material – they all used previous editions of Nestle-Aland.
But I am happy to see that the appearance ESV diglots reflect Crossway’s ambitious publication program rather than any sort of imprimatur from the German Bible Society – which instead is publishing with the NRSV and REB edition.