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New editorial committee

New editorial committee

In 2011 the United Bible Societies appointed a new editorial committee which prepares future editions of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece as well as of the Greek New Testament. The committee consists of renowned scholars with different denominational and cultural backgrounds:

Prof. Dr. Christos Karakolis, University of Athens

Christos Karakolis is a Professor of New Testament at the Department of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has studied Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, and specialized in the field of New Testament Studies at the Universities of Regensburg and Tübingen. He has been active as a visiting scholar at the Universities of Bern, Munich, and Regensburg, as well as at the Institute for Orthodox-Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK. His research interests are focused mainly on the Gospel of John, the corpus paulinum, New Testament textual criticism and New Testament Hermeneutics from an Orthodox-Christian perspective.

Prof. Dr. David Parker, University of Birmingham

David Parker is Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, U.K. Since 1987 he has been editor of the International Greek New Testament Project and is leading the team making a critical edition of the Gospel of John for the Editio Critica Maior. His publications include studies of Greek and Latin manuscripts of the New Testament and explorations of the theory and nature of textual criticism and textual editing, including The Living Text of the Gospels (1997). He has been involved in a number of innovative digital projects, including online editions of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Bezae and working with programmers in creating software for textual scholarship.

Prof. Dr. Stephen Pisano, Päpstliches Bibelinstitut Rom

Stephen F. Pisano SJ earned his doctorate in theology at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. In 1982 he was appointed as Professor for textual criticism and exegesis of the Old Testament at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From 1985 to 1991 he was Superior of the Jesuits at the Biblical Institute. From 1996 to 2002 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Biblical Sciences, and from 2002 to 2008 finally as Rector of the Institute. Stephen Pisano is also co-editor of Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ), which is published by Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

Prof. Dr. Holger Strutwolf, Universität Münster

Holger Strutwolf holds the chair for Patristics and New Testament Textual Research and is Director of the Institute for New Testament Textual Research and the Bible Museum at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the General Editor of the Nestle-Aland, the UBS Greek New Testament and the Editio Critica Maior. He has published monographs and articles in the fields of Patristics, Gnosticism and Philosophy in Antiquity and New Testaments Textual Criticism. His project “Towards a Theory of Variants on the Basis of an Interactive Digital Edition of the Greek New Testament” is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster.

Prof. Dr. David Trobisch, Museum of the Bible Washington/Green Collection Oklahoma City

Born in Cameroon as the son of Lutheran missionaries, David Trobisch grew up in West Africa. He went to school in Austria and studied theology in Germany. He taught New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Missouri State University, Yale Divinity School, and Bangor Theological Seminary. As a scholar David Trobisch is recognized for his work on the Letters of Paul, the Formation of the Christian Bible, Performance Theory in Antiquity, and Bible Manuscripts. He is on the editorial board of the Greek New Testament (Nestle-Aland edition) and serves as an advising scholar for Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, and Europe.

Dr. Klaus Wachtel, Universität Münster

Klaus Wachtel is research fellow at the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung at the University of Münster, Germany. He holds a PhD in Classical Greek (1994). Since 1997 he has been Co-editor, since 2008 also project-manager of Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica Maior (ECM). Since 1998 he managed the evaluation and publication of the Gospels volumes in “Text und Textwert der griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments” as a co-editor. He was project-manager and assistant editor of “Nestle-Aland, 28th edition” (2012).
He collaborated with Gerd Mink in developing the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM). His special field of research is the history and development of the Byzantine Text.

In addition, a representative of each the United Bible Societies and the German Bible Society do attend the meetings of the committee:

Simon Crisp

Simon Crisp holds a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Oxford and an MA in biblical studies from the University of Birmingham, where he is an Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He has worked professionally in the field of Bible Translation for more than 35 years, for the last 20 years with the United Bible Societies in a number of roles related to Bible translation. He currently serves as UBS Coordinator for Scholarly Editions and Translation Standards. He has published in the fields of linguistics, translation and biblical studies, and is one of the editors of the critical edition of the Byzantine Text of the Gospel of St John (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2007).

Dr. Florian Voss

Florian Voss is International Rights Director and Editor of the scholarly editions of the New Testament and at Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (German Bible Society). He has studied theology at the universities of Münster and Tübingen and earned a PhD from the University of Zürich with a work about the First Letter to the Corinthians. Before joining the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft he has been working as assistant to Prof. Ulrich B. Müller at Saarland University. 


The committee will consult with the editors of the Editio Critica Maior. Hence, the two above mentioned concise editions will also in the future benefit from the groundbreaking progress on evaluating New Testament manuscripts being made in connection with this major research project.

New editions of the Nestle-Aland and the Greek New Testament are prepared for 2021/2022. They will have undergone extensive changes especially in the Gospel of Mark and in Acts.

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