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The New Testament in the Original Greek (Greek Edition) (Greek) Hardcover – December 1, 2005

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MAURICE A. ROBINSON began studying Greek in 1965, and NT textual criticism in 1966. His original training followed the perspective of reasoned eclecticism, which he continued to study and practice for nearly a decade.

Specialized study in the field of textual criticism took place from 1971-77 under Kenneth W. Clark, then emeritus of Duke University. During this time he received the degrees of Master of Divinity (1973) and Master of Theology (1975) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. In 1982, he was awarded the Ph.D. in NT textual criticism by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, with his dissertation entitled Scribal Habits among Manuscripts of the Apocalypse.

As a result of his studies under Clark, he was slowly led to shift his position from reasoned eclecticism to Byzantine-priority, and in 1976 joined with William Pierpont in the quest to establish an accurate Byzantine text and viable underlying theory. Since that time, he has presented many papers and articles dealing with NT textual criticism at various venues.

Robinson is currently Senior Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

WILLIAM G. PIERPONT began studying the Greek New Testament in 1932, and was trained in the Westcott-Hort theory and method at Friends University, Wichita, Kansas. The closer examination of the manuscripts and theoretical perspectives underlying that approach led him into a life-long study of NT textual criticism that in the mid-1960s resulted in his support and defense of the Byzantine Textform.

Pierpont worked for over 40 years as a research engineer at Beech Aircraft in Wichita. Even while employed at Beech, Pierpont was able not only to conduct an intensive study of Greek NT textual criticism, but also to acquire a reading and speaking knowledge of more than two dozen world languages, including Polish and Mandarin Chinese. Following his retirement, Pierpont devoted the remainder of his life to text-critical and related investigative work.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Publishing (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: Greek
  • ISBN-10: 0759800774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759800779
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By John Jeffrey Dodson on April 30, 2006
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A very impressive work! The preface gives a fascinating summary of Greek New Testament text types, as well as an explanation of how this particular Byzantine textform was arrived at. Another reviewer did not seem to like the essay at the back of the book being included as part of the work. I respect that criticism, but personally I found it helpful at correcting some of the misinformation that has circulated regarding the Byzantine textform, and did not consider its content to be inappropriate here. I like the simplicity of the critical apparatus...it leaves the page looking attractive and uncluttered. The Greek text itself is laid out in a beautiful font (it looks like the font in my Mounce text book, and happens to be my favorite) that is non-italic. This to me is a huge benefit, as an italic font tends to distract me. Capitalization, normal Greek punctuation, accents and breathing marks are all present, which makes for smooth reading. In all physical respects, the book seems to be of top-notch quality (kudos to Chilton Book Publishing on that). The binding seems strong, and easily allows you to open the book all the way while laying it flat on the table. The paper is relatively heavy, and you cannot see through the pages at all. The cover is hard-back and classy-looking. Even the dust cover is attractive. The black-ribbon page marker is a nice touch as well. The entire work seems to be very well edited. I tend to be a stickler about spelling or punctuation errors, and I did not notice any in the preface, text, or essay at the back (although of course I haven't read all of the Greek text yet). I don't know this for a fact, but based on the quality of the book and the advertised price, I would say that they must be selling it at cost. Thanks to the compilers and publisher for a very respectful treatment of God's Word in Greek. This is a fitting memorial to Mr. William Pierpont, to whom the volume is dedicated.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tom B. Whitehouse on January 29, 2006
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Since Seminary I have been more and more convinced that the Byzantine Text (found in the majority of Greek NT manuscripts) deserves greater consideration than it is given when determining the readings of the original. This work comes the closest of any to representing a text reconstructed according to that theory. For that reason alone it should be helpful to both proponents and opponents of this theory.

I have been using the original Pierpont/Robinson Greek New Testament since it came out in 1991 but, like others, missed the variant apparatuses. This edition is a great step forward, though it still lacks the completeness of the Hodges/Farstad apparatus (much less that of Nestle/Aland 27), where you can actually get an idea of the texual witnesses. This is a shame, because I believe the text itself is superior to either of those other two.

Add to that a readable font, nice hadrcover presentation, very thorough theoretical introduction and appendix, and a price well below the other editions, and this should make it a consideration for use as a first New Testament text in Bible College and Seminary Greek classes.

Missing is the bibliography available in both the older edition and also in the Hodges/Farstad Majority Text.

Also, it is refreshing to see the editors releasing this text into the public domain so it can be used free of copyright restrictions.

My only question is, Why not adhere to the currently accepted order of the NT books. Using an old 4th cemtury order, in my view, only makes it harder on the general reader, and serves no useful purpose.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Casey Perkins on January 5, 2006
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Although I had the previous edition, its "unique features" kept me using my Hodges and Farstad as my primary New Testament. That earlier version was a paperback, with bare, unaccented, unaspirated, unpunctuated text, and no apparatus. This one is a beautiful hardback (with a nice dust-jacket), with a very nice, large font, accented/aspirated/punctuated text, intra-Byzantine variants in the left column, and NA/UBS variants at the bottom of the page. Ideal in almost every way.

I'm glad Dr. Robinson has incorporated features that will help make the Byzantine Text more widely accessible to non-specialists. Hopefully this will contribute to a more widespread usage of this excellent text.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Markos VINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
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Setting aside for the moment the issue of the underlying text, this is a GREAT Greek NT to own. The other reviewers are absolutley correct; The font on this text is by far the best available, large and clear and dark, printed on nice white paper. It is almost as large as the large print Nestle Aland and larger than the UBS 4. Both of those books for some reason have yellow paper, the white paper is much nicer. The binding on this book is MUCH better than the NA or UBS stuff which is known to fall apart with any use at all. The cover on this book is a nice red/gold/black. Because there is more Greek text per page than anything else available, this book is thinner and more light weight than others which does make a difference. All this at an excellent price!

Now as far as the idea that the Byzantine text is closer to the original than the primarily Alexandrian text underlying NA27 and UBS 4, I would say that even if you don't beleive this to be true you should still buy this text because at the bottom of the page you have every reading from NA27 which differs from this text. Thus if you are an enthusiast for NA27 you can see all the places where it disagrees from what is more or less a modified version of the Textus Receptus. When you do this I think you will be struck with a few things. Number one, both texts agree most of the time, say 95%. Where they disagree a lot of the differences are very minor, DE for KAI, a different word order, maybe an article missing or added. More importantly, you will note that MANY of the readings in this text appear shorter and more difficult according to the traditonal criteria and therefore on the surface would appear more likely to be original.
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