Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A word to the wise

     Notice pasted inside the front cover of a copy of the 23rd (i.e. 1957) edition of Novum Testamentum Graece [The New Testament in Greek], ed. Erwin Nestle and Kurt Aland (NA23), and picked up second-hand at the Goodwill in Ballard, WA, in the year 2007 or thereabouts.  This could have been a joke perpetrated by some student worker in the University Bookstore, or it could have been directed quite deliberately at the threat posed by a critical edition of the New Testament in principle (Rob Wall). But it could also have been inadvertent, an unforeseen (and therefore humorous) consequence of the mindless application of standard policy.

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     The fact that this volume is being used as a textbook in your class does not mean that the University necessarily endorses its contents from the standpoint of morals, philosophy, theology, or scientific hypotheses.  The position of Bob Jones University on these subjects is well known.
     In order to standardize the work and validate the credits of the University, it is sometimes necessary to use textbooks whose contents the University cannot wholly endorse.  You understand, of course, that acceptable textbooks in certain academic fields are very difficult to secure.
Greenville, South Carolina

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