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A Reader's Greek New Testament: 2nd Edition Imitation Leather – October 31, 2007
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Ideal for Greek students and pastors, A Reader's Greek New Testament saves time and effort in studying the Greek New Testament. By eliminating the need to look up definitions, the footnotes allow the user to read the Greek text more quickly, focusing on parsing and grammatical issues. This revised edition offers the following features: * New Greek font---easier to read * Footnoted definitions of all Greek words occurring 30 times or less * Mini-lexicon of all words occurring more than 30 times * Greek text underlying Today's New International Version * Footnotes offering comparisons with UBS4 * 4 pages of full-color maps Featuring a handsome Italian Duo-Tone binding, A Reader's Greek New Testament, 2nd Edition is a practical, attractive, and surprisingly affordable resource.
About the Author
Richard J. Goodrich (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is lecturer in the department of history at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Albert Lukaszewski (PhD New Testament, University of Saint Andrews) is co-chair of the Hellenistic Greek Language and Linguistics Section of the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He has also served as editor of the Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament and is author of the forthcoming Grammar of Qumran Aramaic. He lives with his family on the east coast of Scotland.
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And don't worry about the text used here. Again, I have used this book a lot along with my NA diglot and I have never had any problems going back and forth. The few times it differs from NA-27 are in footnotes. People make a big deal about this not having a critical apparatus, but this allows the book to get all the defintions in and still be portable.
Now UBS has joined the band wagon and their own Reader's Edition is out. But this one is cheaper, more portable and includes several options for translations whereas the UBS just gives a single word gloss. The UBS does have parsing info, but vocab is the main thing you need. Everyone who reads the Greek NT should have this book, and everyone should read the Greek NT!
I use it every day, and it is just what I was looking for. I couldn't believe it was actually out there, and that they were only asking $20 for it! This slim, portable Greek NT is a definite must for reinforcing the vocabulary you're trying to memorize with the Mounce cards, and for learning to recognize the non-lexical forms of those words.
The footnotes are English definitions keyed to the Greek words on the top of the page that occur in the NT text 30x or less. That's invaluable, because if you're not a pastor or a professional philologist, taking the time to consult a lexicon every time you encounter a word you either haven't memorized yet or--just as likely--one you memorized but have forgotten, is a disheartening and onerous disincentive to trying to read the NT text in Greek, which after toiling through an introductory Greek grammar you are desperate to be able to do. But with this little gem, you just look to the bottom of the page! (Of course, as everyone knows, skill with a lexicon must be acquired and maintained too, if one desires to master NT Greek--as I intend to. If you keep that in mind, and marry in-depth study, involving a lexicon, to the use of this casual reader, you will be attacking your ignorance from all directions, IMHO). All this being said, one should, as the experts say, continue to use flash cards--even while daily using a Reader like this one--to memorize down to 10 word occurrences.
Again, this Reader isn't for textual study; that's not what it was intended for. It's for that awkward transition period when you're trying to read the text after finishing your first grammar. It's a combat version for the raw recruit venturing from Mounce's boot camp and into the hostile country of non-Johannine NT books.
I just ordered my Zerwick pair, and I am excited about that, but I am confident that as time progresses, and I move from the more rustic writers into Paul and Luke and eventually Hebrews, that this Reader will be well used indeed. For even when I get to the point where I've memorized down to ten, and I don't want to lug a lexicon into bed or onto a plane, I won't have to, because this baby takes me down to one. You can work on your Greek even when you're feeling tired and lazy.
For heaven's sake, a pizza delivery costs 20 bucks. Buy the thing, already!
EDIT-14Nov07- NOTE!! UBS has just come out with a Reader that has not only 30x or less word occurrences footnoted, but also footnoted grammatical analyses and notes on idioms found in the text above. It also has an appendix in the back for 30x or more word occurences. I don't have mine yet, but it looks pretty good. It just costs twice as much, and is a hardcover. It can be found at scholarly-bibles dot com, or can be preordered here at Amazon. "The UBS Greek New Testament
A Reader's Edition." I actually ordered mine through Christian Book Distributors online. -
EDIT 26Nov07 - I received the UBS Reader. If you've got the money to spend, pre-order that UBS reader, or get it through CBD. Font is easier to read than the Zondervan, consulting the footnotes (which are much more distinct and clear) is much easier, and the text is the reliable GNT. It also has parsings for all the verbs/participles footnoted. I think it's great! But the Zondervan is good for the price, too.
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The font is very readable, it's a pretty book, etc. but what's really amazing is the way it takes away the problems and excuses from...Read more