Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ooh, wide-margin NA27! (Plus funny story, no extra charge)

Matt Harmon gives a heads-up about a wide-margin Nestle-Aland 27 on the market. (Also, there will be a wide-margin BHS.) Pretty cool.

This reminds me of my beloved wide-margin NA25. It came in a blue, cloth-texture hardcover edition. I took it to a binder in Glendale, and had it bound in brown leather.

It was a pretty tough NT. I took it with me on trips, hiking, sightseeing—everywhere.

When I lived in Buena Park, sometimes I would cross the street to a Carl's in the morning. I'd take my Greek NT, get some coffee, and just read before my roommate got up.

Once I did this, then came home. After a few moments, I realized my NT was missing. So I raced back to the Carl's to see if they'd found it.

When the young man came up to take my order, I said, "I was in here earlier. Did someone find a brown, leather-bound Greek New Testament."

His look of utter incomprehension was eloquent. In addition—how to say this delicately?—I do not think English was his native language.

So I repeated very deliberately, "A brown, leather-bound Greek New Testament."

Helpfully, he asked, "A wallet?"

I suppose if I'd been a better Christian, I'd've told him that it contained more riches than any wallet ever did. But, small person that I am, I wanted to say, "No. Here's how that would have sounded: 'a wal-let.' But here's what I said: 'br-r-r-o-o-o-o-w-wn-n-n, lea-ther-boun-n-n-d'...."

Thankfully we were both rescued by a manager who retrieved the lost item.

3 comments:

Sewing said...

Wow, beautiful pictures, mate—especially that last one, with all that generous margin space just waiting to be written in! Is that your NA25?

Anyhow, sorry to be a smart aleck, but in the interests of promoting simple communication, couldn't you have just asked the waiter if someone had found a brown book? Then, optionally, after it'd been found, you could get into a discussion with him about how it's the Book....

William said...

I am sure your question sounded like Greek to him anyhow! :-)

DJP said...

Yes, Sewing, that's my NA25.

Well, I guess at the time I thought more info would be helpful. It wasn't just a brown book, it was leather. And if they'd opened it, they'd've noticed it wasn't in English. I probably thought I'd be making it simpler by giving more information.