A Reader's Greek New Testament Leather Bound – March 30, 2004
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From the Back Cover
1. Footnoted definitions for all words that occur thirty times or less in the New Testament 2. The complete Greek text behind the New International Version, todays most widely used Bible translation
Ideal for Greek students and pastors, this volume 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.
About the Author
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.
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Leather Bound : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310248884
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310248880
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 0.67 x 9.41 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan; 1st edition (March 30, 2004)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The absence of text-critical notes makes room for lexical entries at the bottom of each page. While this makes the Reader's Greek New Testament inappropriate for professional translators, it is a huge boon for people who simply want to read the inspired words of God in Koine Greek. I am a first-year student of Greek, and this book allows me to set aside my interlinear and immerse myself in the full Greek text instead. Also, due to the lexical entries, I rarely need to consult a separate lexicon, or even leave the current page I am looking at.
The only complaint I have concerns the Greek font used. Although this font is a familiar and common one, I do prefer the font used in the United Bible Societies text. In any case, I realize this is a personal preference of mine that many people may not share.
I am grateful to the authors for producing this New Testament. It is one of my favorite Bibles and I hope to spend years studying it.
Pages have nice gold bible trim but there is no leaf page marker attached, but it's hard to complain too much when the thing is so inexpensive. Did I mention the terrible font choice?
I hope the new version coming out in August, 2007 remedies this problem.
OK, here's my updated review for the 2nd edition of this book. I purchased the second version which came out in 2007.
It now *does* include a leaf page marker, but they still use the same horrible font.
It's like they are trying to confuse the reader.
It's really just too bad. I get the feeling some bigwig at the publisher invented this font so nobody wants to change it completely so as not to offend someone but please, please, use a normal Greek font like every other Greek bible I've ever seen.
This item is for students, not masters, so why try to be different than all the rest? This is definitely one instance where conformity would be appreciated.
I broke down and bought the UBS Reader's Greek New Testament (a competing product).
It is much better for reading. The nice thing about this one by Zondervon is it's size. It's very very thin, whereas the UBS product is as thick and heavy as my Hebrew Reader's Old Testament.
In summary, the font is terrible. The paper and cover are nice, and the bible leaf is handy. If you're gonna sit at a desk and not tote the thing around get the UBS version instead. If you like to travel light, get this one.
I will not buy the 3rd edition unless they use a totally different and standard Greek font.
If you Greek is limited or your are a Greek student wanting a Greek New Testament that is both readable and easy to translate then this is your book. I would still encourage you to refer to the complete Greek New Testament from time to time to keep your translating up to date and in line with proper Greek exegesis.
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It's a nice book, as the previous reviewer noted: Slimline, with a pleasing soft cover (though it's synthetic, not leather as advertised). Mine has had several years of use and abuse, and it's wearing very well.
Also, as the previous reviewer noted, the font used is a bit odd. It's perfectly legible, but in a type of italic style.
But what I love most about this version is that I can carry it around with me, and I have pretty much everything I need to read the Greek text. The footnotes on every page give translations of the less common words.
I feel that using this book will improve your grasp of the language (unlike using an interlinear, which will make you mistakenly *think* you understand the Greek.
I've knocked off one star because of the italic font, but I feel a bit mean about doing it. 4.5 stars would be a more accurate representation of my feelings about this book. I love it!