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A Reader's Greek New Testament Leather Bound – March 30, 2004

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A Reader’s Greek New Testament offers two features unavailable in other print editions of the Greek New Testament:

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, today’s 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

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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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310248884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310248880
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jonathan Bailey on October 20, 2005
Format: Leather Bound
Having studied the bible in the original languages for 10 years now, and having owned over 10 different volumes of various critical editions of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic bibles, I have always been surprised that there have been no editions of the Greek New Testament available in a handy, portable, leatherbound edition intended just for reading and general use in Christian life. I am absolutely thrilled that this volume has appeared in the format that I have always wanted.

So first, a couple of notes on the physical book: The burgundy leather of the copy that I have is unusually soft for a $30 book. It is undoubtedly synthetic, but I couldn't find any specific reference to the material in the book or packaging, so I'll leave myself open to the possibility that it's incredibly high quality leather. The pages are gold trimmed, but there is no indexing. One disappointment with the book is that there is no bookmark thread included. Pretty much all bibles that are meant to be read include these bookmarks. I hope future printings include it. Overall, the volume is quite thin, and has the same breadth and height as most individual sized bibles, so it will fit in a standard bible carrying case along with one's normal, leather bible. The thing is extremely convenient to take to church. The font is an italic text, though. You can view it by clicking on the link Amazon provides. I really had wished they would have not used the italic type that is common in older editions of Greek material, but the font is sized well and readable.

Now for the text. Other reviewers have trashed it because it is reconstructed to fit the popular NIV bible.
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Simply put, if you're learning to read NT Greek, this volume will help. If you finish a book like the Mounce Grammar (full disclosure: I'm only halfway done with that volume right now), at the end of that process, you should be able to sit with this ONE volume and read the New Testament in Greek. You won't need a lexicon open next to you all the time, necessarily, and you'll be able to pick up some vocabulary quickly.

Some have asked why Zondervan didn't use NA27 or UBS4 for this, but it doesn't matter. Use this volume for your early Greek reading and, dare I say it, devotional reading, but by ALL MEANS get a REAL NA27 or UBS4 for serious study. This volume is NOT an authoritative text, it is a learning aid. Treat it like one. I say use it till you don't need it then give it away to help make somebody else smart!

The font isn't so bad once you get used to it. It's real portable and easy to use, and it'll make you look real smart in church. ;-) Just don't get a big head about it. Just because you can read a few dozen words in Greek, you still don't know more than the textual critics, translators, and, if you're lucky, your pastor. Stay humble! And remember, those definitions at the bottom of the page are just glosses, get a BDAG for serious study, and a little Kittel or something, too.

I give it 5 stars because it is exactly what it claims to be, and is very good at it, too.
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As I read the reviews, it is evident that a correction is needed. The underlying text in this book _is_ trustworthy.

It varies from the Standard Text (UBS/NA) in 231 places, and has a footnote for each one of those as to the Standard Text's reading.

This implies that you can sit down with this resource, and know exactly where it differs from the Standard Text, without needing the Standard Text with you.

While I grant it was an odd selection to pick the text based on the preferred readings that went into the NIV, this is by no means a reverse-translated text.

Regardless, it has assisted my reading of the GNT greatly, and after going through a trial period of reading it side by side with my NA-27, I think I can move to just the RGNT.

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This is a marvelous tool. The introduction is worth reading, noting the renaissance of people studying and wanting to read the New Testament in its orriginal language.

This Bible enables readers with limited vocabulary to read much more rapidly. Every word that is not used more than 50 times in the New Testament is listed at the bottom of each page with lexical form and brief definition.

I have taught several college N.T. Greek classes to groups of people who were interested in learning. Quite a few of my students wanted to continue regular reading in the Greek New Testament. But it proved too time consuming for students with only beginning Greek under their belts.

Those familiar with the UBS 4th edition will find the text interesting. It uses the text developed by Edward W. Goodrick and John R. Kohlenberger III in the Portland Index Project. They give the alternate reading in 231 places where the NIV committee favored a different reading noting the alternates used by the standard text. Of course most variants are insignificant and you can purchas a discussion by Aland and Aland and Metzger on each major variant in the Standard Text explaining the rarionale behind their choices. By using alternate variant readings this text brings a slightly different perspective on the orriginal manuscripts.
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