- Flexibound: 1144 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson Pub; 4th Revised edition (April 30, 2011)
- Language: Greek, English
- ISBN-10: 1598567209
- ISBN-13: 978-1598567205
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek New Testament, 4th Revised Edition (Greek and English Edition) (Greek) 4th Revised Edition
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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.
The inclusion of a dictionary in the back is wonderful (this is a Koine Greek edition). Previously, I had to juggle a couple of books. I've always had a problem with being too compulsive (look up meaning, even when I already know it, just in case there is a nuance I might miss). But, somehow, having the dictionary right there, has freed me from some of the constant word searching.
I like the size of the text, itself, too. It is very readable, and pleasant.
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.