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Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament: with Dictionary (English and Greek Edition) Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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Dr. Mark House
The text includes a Foreword by Eldon Jay Epp where he gives a bit of a history lesson about the W&H text and of other texts that came before it. He goes over several interesting things such as the methodology that W&H employed, the use of the W&H text, and of other useful data. He concludes the Foreword with a bibliography "For Further Reading" (xviii), which is always a plus for those who like to dig deeper into these issues.
Now with the actual content and the way it is displayed, each book is given a header letting the reader know the major theme of any given section. Let's take the Epistle of James for example. Verse 1 is given the heading "Opening Greeting", letting the reader know that it is the opening greeting of the letter. Verses 2 through 8 are given the header "Endurance and Wisdom" because that's their main theme. The verses that follow, 9 through 11, are headed as "Poverty and Riches. And lastly, verses 12 through 18 are given the heading "Testing and Temptation." The usefulness of the headers is apparent when doing exegesis, since it gives us a `staring point' so to speak, in that it gives us the theme right away. So, that's a nice feature.
But easily the best feature is the critical apparatus.Read more ›
This very nice edition of just the right size, with its ribbon-marker and the standard styling (Greek upright polytonic -with every accent and breathing mark you may like- at some 10 pt size, a little bigger and clearer than Nestle-Aland 27th, with OT quotations in bold letter, and English section headings), comes as a welcome addition to the field in these troubled and transitional times (speaking of NT textual criticism, nearly stalled for a century of intense labor, but that seems it will become fruitful again in a few years, thanks to computers, clearer methodological approaches, continued financial support -at least hopefully- and greatly increased international co-operation, with the once opposed teams of Anglo-American IGNTP -now based in Birmingham- and German Institute für Neutestamentliche... (the Aland people at Münster) openly co-operating with one another).
Westcott-Hort edition was THE great New Testamnt edition of times past in spite of its too scanty apparatus (paying due respect to Tischendorf's stii unsurpassed apparatus but more mediocre text and method, and also to the ill-fated life effort of Von Soden, with its methodological foibles and his (or rather his assistants) lack of accuracy in recording evidence).
Westcott-Hort represents a less self-conceited approach, methodologically sounder, that gave us a much better text than we had so far (with due respect for Byzantine priority fans, and bearing in mind that Textus Receptus was a particularly poor kind of Byzantine textform -I will skip the details-).Read more ›
But another of the very valuable features of this handy volume are the extensive and well written explanations of Hort about their praxis for this text. This praxis is much quoted and misquoted, especially by KJV only advocates. It is fascinating how, in the hands of good spin-doctors, the simple intention of Hort are so often misconstrued when quoted out of context.
It is difficult to over-state the importance and influence of this text. It was one of the three great NT texts that was used to create the near universal NA text in common use today. (The other two being Tichendorf and Bernard Weiss. Nestlé's genius was to use these three texts and produce an amalgam by using the text where two or more agreed). Of these three, WH was the most enduring, and most respected. Therefore, its historical value is still worthy of study.
As if this were not enough, the publishers have also included Souter's "Pocket lexicon to the New Testament" at the back of the volume - an excellent diction of all NT words. This is Souter's third and final edition and much loved by Greek students.
The book is well bound, a good size and printed on good paper with very legible print. The text is also broken into sections with English headings.
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W&H is a must have for Greek students. This Greek is a compilation of the oldest Greek manuscripts from the late 3rd and early 4th centuries. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by stgeorge
I am very pleased with the quality of this book. the binding is very sturdy, the print is very clear, and the dictionary is comprehensive. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Brian Thompson