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  • Series: New Translation from the Original Greek
  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Phanes Press (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933999992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933999992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is so easy to read.
Robbie Jo Anderson
The Unvarnished New Testament is a translation by Andy Gaus that attempts to give the reader the same impression as one gets reading the original Greek language.
Dr. Conspiracy
It was remarkably clear and readable.
Timaeus

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Dougal on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I opened Andy Gaus' translation of the New Testament, and began reading Mark, I literally experienced a shock, whether of the spirit or of recognition, I can't be sure. Mark's headlong, atemporal enthusiasm burst off the page as I had always imagined it should, but never had, in any other translation. Further reading of other books continued opening facets of these texts I had only guessed at. Gone is the theologically anachronistic language of standard translations (and Lattimore) which puts concepts into the text that weren't there when it was written. In Gaus, churches are assemblies, repentance is a change of heart, baptism is bathing, gospel is the good word, angels are (often) messengers, spirit can be breath, and so on. The translation is sometimes less literal than I would have liked, but translation is always a balancing act, and overall, Gaus has found a great balance for the reader who doesn't know Greek and is frustrated by the jargon which encrusts most New Testament editions. I don't know anything about Mr. Gaus, or who he is associated with, but my hat is off to him. For me, this New Testament is right alongside Richard Elliott Friedman's Torah.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ok, first, I am a long-time priest (Anglican) and have read the NT zillions of times and studied it pretty intensely because I've had to preach on it literally thousands of times. I got my copy of this book in a used book store and was delighted to find it readable, erudite (which is to say the text is VERY true to the original Greek -the most literally translated of all of the versions I've read). Most importantly, to me, is that unlike all of the other translations on the market it's translated in its original voice, which is to say, not in the voice of an upper-class Englishman or a highly educated Anglo-American scholar. What comes out, then, is the original colloquial voice of the author (or at least the person who wrote it down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit). I could not recommend this version of the New Testament more highly.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter Alexander on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Andy Gaus has created a snappy, fun-reading translation of the New Testament, that is bold, blunt, direct, sharp, at times rib-tickling and always bright. Anyone thinking that the Bible is difficult to read will have his mind changed after reading this translation. For a refreshing blast that's just a great read, this is the translation. Of great fun to read, especially aloud, is Paul's letter to the Galatians. Of course, as with all translations, there are parts where you'll wince a little, Gaus' is no exception. Nonetheless, this is a great read, a welcome addition to any library, and a great way to encounter the freshness of Christ's teachings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Joseph on June 27, 2009
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The Unvarnished New Testament is a translation of the Holy Scriptures from the original Greek. It is the words of the New Testament as a person who knew Greek would have understood them in the First or Second century. It is minus the interpretation of vocabulary that biblical scholars have incorporated into modern translations.

For example, most translators of the New Testament write the Greek word "hamartia" as the English word "sin", the breaking of divine or moral law. But the Greeks used the word "hamartia" in relationship to archery and it meant "missing the mark".

Gaus does not use the word "sin" in his translation but "mistake" or "doing wrong", words that have a more loving and forgiving feeling, words that a parent might use in guiding a child to better behavior.

The translation that moved me the most, however, was that of the Our Father. Mr. Gaus explains in the Glossary that the word "abba" is an intimate Aramaic word that meant father, but was generally used inside the family and had the connotation of "papa".

Mr. Gaus's translation of the Our Father from the original Greek:

Our Father in the skies,
Let your name be sanctified.
Let your kingdom come,
May your will be seen
On the earth, just as in the sky.
Give us day by day the next day's bread,
And forgive our debts
The same as we forgave the debts that others owed us.
And do not put us to the test,
But snatch us from the Evil Ones clutches, let it be so.

The Our Father is a beautiful, powerful prayer in just about any translation, but Gaus's gives the supplication more vigor and vitality through simplicity.

Gaus's translation of the New Testament is deeply engaging. It gently connects the reader to Christ and his teachings.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Timaeus on December 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This rendition of the New Testament was so good, that I actually finished the whole thing for the first time, without it putting me to sleep. It was remarkably clear and readable. Another interesting facet of this book is that there is a purer translation of the gospels without the interference of church councils that interpret them through the myths of the church. This is a great book to read and to have.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Jo Anderson on July 19, 2001
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I love it! It is so easy to read. You feel like Jesus is in the same room with you talking to you like a friend. This translation is like reading a novel. Children can identify much easier to this translation than to the King James version of the Bible. I wish the Old Testament was in the same format. RJB
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