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Novum Testamentum Graece Vinyl Bound – June 3, 1998

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  • Series: Greek New Testaments
  • Vinyl Bound: 810 pages
  • Publisher: American Bible Society; 27 edition (June 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3438051001
  • ISBN-13: 978-3438051004
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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By Gary Bisaga VINE VOICE on April 23, 2003
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This small book is nevertheless very well designed. First, the print is large and very readable. No question about whether you're looking at rough or a smooth breathing marks, for example.

Second, the textual apparatus is rather daunting but fascinating. It really lets you see why certain words are included or excluded from certain translations based on the original text. It also has a good intro listing the various sources used in the apparatus; to those who have little or no background in textual criticism this is invaluable to understanding what you're looking at and, in general, the unprecedented range of manuscript evidence for the New Testament. If you think the New Testament is the product of the fourth century church, you'll think again after reading through the apparatus (which is why no reputable scholar holds that opinion).

Finally, the dictionary in the back is quite good for its small size, separately listing many of the principal parts of verbs. One of the toughest parts of reading the Greek NT (especially for a student of Greek like myself) has to be parsing verbs you don't recognize, and this makes the task much easier.

Postscript: There has been a review that says that this is "really" the NA27. Well, it's not. There are two distinct common versions of the Greek NT: NA27 and UBS4. This book is the latter. The actual text is identical: the difference is in the critical apparatus. Which is better? It depends on your purposes. If you are doing detailed historical studies where you need to know the maximum amount about the various manuscripts of the NT, then buy the NA27. It has a wealth of information on each page that covers virtually every existing variant.
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A good edition for those interested in reading the new testament in the original Greek. Other options:
The Greek New Testament from United Bible Society now in 4th edition
Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine (same as this but together with Latin Vulgate)
The difference between the one offered by UBS and this one is that this has more footnotes on differences between manuscripts. In this newest edition, the actual textual decisions between the two are the same. The UBS is better for those who want to use the text for translation, and this one is better for those who are interested in studying textual critical issues.
Also keep in mind there are many interlinear Bibles out there that are probably better for those whose knowledge of Greek is limited. Take care, however, to distinguish between those which are based on Stephen's 1550 Textus Receptus and those which give a complete apparatus for comparing many manuscripts. Most biblical scholars feel the Textus Receptus was flawed in many ways.
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This Greek New Testament (UBS4) uses the same text as the earlier 3rd edition (1975, corr. ed. 1983). The presentation of this text differs in two respects, neither of which is unambiguously an improvement:
1. A different font is used for the text itself. Not just a different font, but a repellently ugly font that has not much resemblance to any font with which a quality edition of a Greek text has ever been published before. Yes, ever. The geniuses at the United Bible Societies are the first people (going back to Erasmus' publication of a NT edition in 1516) who thought that a hideous, spindly, faux-italic computer font would be a better choice than ANY of the established Greek fonts that heretofore have been used in the printing of ancient texts. I hope you'll forgive my emotion on this point, but, as a scholar of (Classical) Greek with a library full of Greek texts published by Oxford, Teubner, etc., I am just flabbergasted to see such disregard for tradition as this. The UBS4 font choice is analogous to printing an English Bible in one of those goofy "Calypso" or "Horror Movie" fonts that come with Windows. The UBS3 (1975) and its corrected edition (1983) are both presented in an attractive, standard typeface that would be suitable for a printed edition of any ancient text.
(As an aside: the Nestle-Aland "Novum Testamentum Graece," in some ways the more conventional current scholarly edition of the NT, is also marred by its odd, cramped way of indicating textual variations. Again, Nestle and Aland's innovation of intruding a million squiggles, squares, circles, etc., into a text, is not an improvement over the traditional apparatus criticus--it's just an awkward space-saver.
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This is a review of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece, editione vicesima septima revisa (revised twenty-seventh edition), edited by B. and K. Aland, Karavidopoulos, Martini, and Metzger. The standard abbreviation for the work is NA27.

Other reviewers who know more Greek than I do have already dealt with the edition itself; here I only want to sort out a confusion of ISBN numbers.

NA27, in blue vinyl boards, without a dictionary, is ISBN 9783438051004. If you search for that ISBN on Amazon, you turn up an edition priced at $39.99. But Hendrickson Publishers has collaborated with the German Bible Society to release copies of their critical editions to the United States at lower prices; hence an Amazon search for ISBN 978-1598561722 leads to yet another product page for NA27 in blue vinyl boards without a dictionary, but this time priced at $25.05. Let me say it clearly: ISBN 9783438051004 and ISBN 9781598561722 refer to exactly the same volume: there is absolutely no difference between them whatsoever, except price. I know this because I ordered ISBN 9781598561722, the edition distributed by Hendrickson, and received an immaculate copy of NA27, which had ISBN 9783438051004 printed on it. Why Hendrickson created an ISBN which does not appear on the printed book, I don't know. I imagine because they wanted to distinguish the copies which they distribute from the copies which the Bible Societies distribute.

To summarize:

NA27 without dictionary distributed by American Bible Society: ISBN 9783438051004, $39.99.

NA27 without dictionary distributed by Hendrickson Publishers: ISBN 9781598561722, $25.05.

The price is the only difference; you get the same book.
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