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The UBS Greek New Testament, Reader's Edition (Greek Edition) (Greek) Hardcover – December 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: German Bible Society; 4 Revised edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: Greek
  • ISBN-10: 1598566334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598566338
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Barclay M. Newman was Chair and Chief Translator of the "Contemporary English Version (CEV)" of the Bible, first published in 1995 by the American Bible Society, then in 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Books) as "Seek Find: The Bible for All People." He was a member of the Old Testament Committee for the Good News Bible (Today's English Version) published in 1976 by the American Bible Society (ABS), and he chaired the revision that was published by the ABS in 1992 as the Good News Translation.Dr. Florian Voss is senior editor at the German Bible Society with responsibility for the New Testament scholarly editions. He is especially involved in the preparation of revised editions of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28) and the UBS Greek New Testament (UBS5). After his studies of theology at the universities of Munster, Zurich, and Tubingen, he worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Saarbrucken. His doctoral thesis is about the relationship of faith and human reason according to the First Letter to the Corinthians.

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Great resource for learning to read greek.
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This Greek New Testament has just the helps you need to read with a limited Greek vocabulary.
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The layout is easy to look at and the font is nicely sized.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sam Gnoey on January 14, 2011
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Knowing 3 modern languages myself, I have found that ultimately, nothing beats reading plenty of real-life (not artificial textbook) texts to gain proficiency in a language, and students of NT Greek will find this Reader's Edition a great help in doing so.

This hardcover book contains the full accented text of the United Bible Societies' 4th Edition of the Greek New Testament (same as the 27th Edition of the Nestle-Aland edition), which is the most current critical text and which most recent English translations of the Bible are based on. It is about the size of a pew Bible. The layout of the text has a very "modern" feel, with paragraphing, section headings in English, and Old Testament quotations in italics with the references indicated in the margins. The font is clear and pleasing to the eye. The paper used is of reasonable thickness, so the print does not bleed through.

The best thing about this edition is its "running dictionary": it defines every word which occurs less than 30 times in the NT in footnotes on the same page where that word appears. All words occurring more than 30 times are defined in the index. This means that you can actually read the Greek without having to use a separate lexicon. Having the definitions in the footnotes and index only also means that you can concentrate on the Greek without the distracting sight of English immediately underneath the Greek, unlike interlinear Bibles. Many verbs are also parsed in the footnotes (nouns are not parsed), a very helpful feature for beginners who are still not confident of recognising verb forms on sight.

The final few pages contain 4 coloured maps: the Middle East in biblical times, Palestine in both OT and NT times, and the travels of Paul.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom on December 31, 2010
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The UBS Greek New Testament: Reader's Edition is the ideal way to not only increase your vocabulary but also to read entire passages without having to search through other books to find the meanings of words. If a person has studied Biblical Greek for a couple of years he or she should know enough vocabulary to not have to look in the back of the book in order to see a definition. The remaining words are defined at the bottom of the page along with their prospective conjugations (verbs) and declinations (nouns). The size and type of the font used is very good and the size of the book is just right. It is true that not every variant is shown but one is fully free to build upon the strong foundation that this version allows one to acquire by studying other books that show more variants (The Greek New Testament: UBS Fourth Revised Edition. ISBN:3438051133).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Watch fan on June 2, 2011
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This is the most useful GNT I have now for reading purposes. The other versions I have are for translation and so the pages are filled with the textual variants and notes, and the font is small and difficult to read. This one provides a running dictionary which helps you but avoiding "cheating". The font is very legible and the size is the right one. I am enjoying it very much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ched Spellman on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In an age where computer software can call up a biblical passage in seconds, define every word, parse every verb, and cross reference any relevant passage, what role does a new edition of the Greek New Testament play? In this context, a student of the Biblical text can quickly become reliant on these "tools" and lose the ability to read the Greek of the New Testament naturally and fluently.

The editors of The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition seek to remedy this tendency by providing a volume designed to help a reader become competent in the Greek of the New Testament. The editors are convinced that the primary way to equip the next generation of New Testament scholars is to ensure that "there will be those who can actually read the text without undue dependence upon `tools'" (7). They argue that to master this skill, "there is simply no substitute for linear and sustained reading" (8). The primary features of this volume are intended to encourage this practice.

One immediately noticeable aspect of this edition is its size. At 732 pages, the book is admittedly large. Compared to the sleek softcover of Zondervan's A Reader's Greek New Testament, the hardcover of this volume seems somewhat bulky. This exterior also makes it clearly recognizable as a Greek text. If you take this Greek Bible to church with you, it will be readily apparent that you have done so. As this edition is intended for reading and devotional use, these features are somewhat unfortunate.

Despite these initial concerns, this volume may prove the adage, "You cannot judge a book by its cover." The content of this edition outweighs any aesthetic deficiencies. Users of the UBS Greek New Testament will recognize the similar layout and format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gb93433 on July 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This Greek New Testament does a great job of parsing and a short translation in English of the words used 30 times or less. It is printed in Germany and published by the German Bible society. The website listed in the book is [...]. In the back is an appendix that gives a short definition of words that are used 30 times or more. The Greek text is the UBS 4th revised edition edited by Aland, Aland, Karavidopoulos, Martini, and Metzger.
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