- Hardcover: 810 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 2nd edition (January 1, 1985)
- Language: English, Greek
- ISBN-10: 0840749635
- ISBN-13: 978-0840749635
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text with Apparatus: Second Edition (English and Greek Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 1985
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Text: English, Greek
About the Author
Zane C. Hodges received his BA degree from Wheaton College and his ThM degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He taught New Testament Greek and exegesis at Dallas Theological Seminary for 27 years until 1987 and served as the Chairman of the New Testament Department. Zane also served in the pastoral ministry at Victor Street Bible Chapel in Dallas, where he ministered for over forty years.
Arthur L. Farstad served as the Executive Editor of the New King James translation of the Bible. Dr. Farstad was a well-respected Greek scholar and theologian having taught at Dallas Theological Seminary in Greek studies. In addition to the NKJV, he served at consulting editor for the New Scofield Study Bible and co-editor of The New Greek Testament According to the Majority Text and served as Editor for the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society. Dr. Farstad went to be with our Lord in 1998.
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My husband and I have been cruising used book stores for many months looking for this book. When we did find one the price was high and the condition was not great. Our daughter helped me with amazon.com and we found this book within minutes and the price was great. It arrived within one week (in time for Christmas) and the condition was excellent.
That said, this book is a quality volume. The print style is very readable, and the textual footnotes are helpful for study in this regard. The accompanying "NKJV Interlinear" (now titled Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear) is also a very helpful volume.
However, I prefer Robison & Pierpont's MT (The New Testament in the Original Greek) to H&F's MT. Having studied their differing methodologies, I believe that R&P's is even more accurate. However, it should be noted that the differences between these two texts are minimal. In fact, I used R&P's for translating my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament: Third Edition (ALT), but I also referred to H&F's text at times and to the NKJV Interlinear in my translation work and for the textual variants chapter in my Companion Volume to the Analytical-Literal Translation: Third Edition.
So H&F's text is a good volume for translation work, but R&P's text is even better.
But what I like about this text is its external features which in many ways are better than UBS or NA. The binding on this text is much better. The font is interesting, very straight and dark and clear and bigger than any but the large print editions of UBS/NA. The editors of this text say their straight font (O how we despise especially the italicized font of UBS 4, but even NA is unnecessarily sloped) is particulary easier for new readers. I don't know about that, but I like reading this font for some reason. The pages of this book are also white which is nicer than the yellow of UBS/NA. This text also does some things with puncuation which if you think about it make perfect sense. It capitalizes the first word of every sentence as we do in English. It uses regular English question marks and occasionally uses exclamation marks. This makes reading a little easier in my opinion. It also capitalizes works like Pneuma.
One naturally compares this book not only to UBS/NA (and I am not saying this book is necessarily better; just different) but to Robinson and Pierpont's "The New Testament in the Original Greek," which gives a very similar Byzantine text (see my review of that book.) Both editions are great. The font on Robinson's book is a better, the best Greek font available on any edition. The critical apparatus of this book is more complete but harder to figure out than Robinson's. This book is a little more portable, and the font is only a tiny bit smaller. This book, unlike Robinson's has nice English subheadings to each section, which help a bit with reading comprehension. The introductions to neither book, in my opinion, makes the case for Byzantine priority in a clear enough way. This book does not have a ribbon; Robinson's does. This book, because of the complexity of its apparatus, has a text which is more mared with symbols; Robinson's is pure text. I guess I have to give Robinson's text a slight edge, but I really like the readability of this text. Since at this point all the diglots and Reader's Editions bascially use the UBS/NA text, I would recommend you get one of these texts for your "unmarked" text.