- Vinyl Bound: 980 pages
- Publisher: American Bible Society; 4 Revised edition (October 3, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3438051109
- ISBN-13: 978-3438051103
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek New Testament, 4th Revised Edition Vinyl Bound – October 3, 2000
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Regarding the textual apparatus upgrade: The certainty of the textual variants varies significantly from the UBS3. This is because the vast amount of research that has been done on the manuscripts has made translators more certain of the preferred readings. There are still many variants though where scholars differ widely in opinion as to the correct reading. However, there are no passages in the New Testament that cause us to question Christian faith and practice. We can be thankful to God that of the 20,000 lines of text in the Greek New Testament, only 40 are in doubt.
Regarding the punctuation apparatus upgrade: This edition has a complete revision of the punctuation apparatus. It has been revised to indicate different levels of 'segmentation' in the text; namely Paragraph break / no paragraph break; sub paragraph; section / no section; and major section. This now avoids a lot of the confusion brought about by different manuscripts identifying breaks with different punctuation marks.
This edition was particularly helpful as it provides a 205 page Greek-English dictionary at the back. A further helpful addition is a 15 page dictionary list (not exhaustive) of English words which have multiple Greek meanings. Alongside the Greek words are brief English explanations of the nuances they provide the reader of the Greek New Testament. This 2010 edition of the Greek New Testament is a worthy addition to any biblical scholar's bookshelf.
This volume THE standard text for every modern Bible translation (except the NKJV) and is essential for anyone wanting familiarity with the NT text and its variants, which are all listed in the critical apparatus.
As I am no scholar of the New Testament or of biblical textual criticism, I cannot comment much on the critical apparatus given, though it appears at least to provide a great deal of information, if perhaps presented under a somewhat off-putting code of Blackface and Hebrew letters, subscripts, superscripts, and etc. Hopefully in the future I will be able to make use of this apparatus, though as presented (certainly to save space) it appears a bit daunting.
The addition of the general dictionary will be of some use to the beginner, but only as a starting point or as a general gloss. A knowledge of verb forms and noun/adjective declensions is a must, as is the use of a good lexicon, since you will most certainly find yourself searching in vain in this book's dictionary for some irregular verb form. However, the dictionary is handy in a pinch.
On the whole, the quality of the book and its capacity as a general reader rates four stars in my opinion, minus one star for the unorthodox font and potentially weak binding.
This having been said, the small footprint of this UBS4 is somewhat disappointing. With its vinyl cover, it is far smaller than the NA27 hardcover. Nevertheless, the exhaustive manuscript-proof content is what I sought, and this is exactly what I obtained.
As for the type, itself, the UBS4 edition uses a larger font--albeit oblique--than the NA27, and, I think, overall, is a bit easier to read. I am happy with my purchase: The price, as a very slightly used book, was great; shipping was quick; the content has been--and will continue to be--very helpful for my work.