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The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: The Byzantine Greek Text & Verb Parsing [Hardcover]

Maurice A. Robinson , William G. Pierpont , John Jeffrey Dodson
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2 Aug 2010 3941750240 978-3941750241
"The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers" contains a number of valuable features: • A readable, non-italic font for the main body of Greek text • Footnotes containing brief definitions of words occurring less than fifty times • Word frequency counts to help the reader decide if a word should be memorized • Footnotes showing how to parse all verbs occurring less than fifty times • An alphabetized list of all other verb forms with parsing information • A lexicon showing proper names and all words occurring fifty times or more

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  • Hardcover: 796 pages
  • Publisher: VTR Publications (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3941750240
  • ISBN-13: 978-3941750241
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold 28 Sep 2010
I have only had this book a few weeks, but it is now easily my Greek New Testament of choice. Here are some reasons.

First, the meaning of all words occurring less than 50 times in the NT is in a footnote on the same page (and not just one meaning, as in an inter-linear, but the range of meanings).

Secondly, all the words on the page occurring more than 50 times in the NT are in a dictionary at the back of the book - but I know a fair number of these already.

Thirdly, all the verbs in the text are parsed for me, so I know what tense they are without rushing to a Greek grammar.

If you know any Bible teachers with some knowledge of Greek, why not treat them to a copy? My Greek is very rusty, but this book isn't just helping me to study the passage I'm preaching next Sunday; it's got me back to actually reading the NT. And I'm enjoying it too.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cadillac of Reader's Greek New Testaments 22 Oct 2010
By Markos - Published on Amazon.com
Dodson has produced the ultimate GNT Reader's Edition, with several features not found in Zondervan's or UBS's. The basic format of all three books is the same, the Greek text with the rare words defined in footnotes right underneath the text, so you don't have to flip to a dictionary. But this book includes all words that occur 50 times or less, whereas Zondervan and UBS only include those that occur 30 times or less. Plus, Dodson includes the number of times each glossed word occurs in the GNT. This not only helps you decide which words to commit to memory, but also allow you to chart your progress. (If you don't know a word that occurs 2 times in the NT you are okay. If you keep forgetting words that occur 45 times, you know you have some work to do.) Zondervan contains no parsing info at all on verbs; UBS has some, but this book parses EVERY verb in the GNT, but, unlike, UBS, it separates the parsing info from the glosses. This makes sense, because many people don't need much help with parsing, but will need help with the vocab for a long time to come.

But what really makes this the best Reader's NT out there are the glosses. UBS generally just gives a one word gloss for the meaning of the word in that particularly passage. Zondervan is much better, listing all the meanings of the word found in the GNT, forcing the reader to decide which meaning applies. But the glosses in The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers are even more complete. They are concise, but over and over again Dodson includes interesting information that will delight the reader. I read through the entire book of Hebrews in this book, and even though I know the GNT pretty well, I found all sorts of useful stuff. Some examples of the glosses from all three books:

KEFALIS in Heb 10:7: UBS "roll (of a scroll of book." Zondervan: "roll NIV the scroll." GNTBR "(1) lit: little head, then: the knob at the end of wooden core of roll of papyrus) then a role, volume, division of a book." Heb 2:16 DHPOU: UBS "adv it is clear." Zondervan: "of course, surely" GNTBR "(1) of course, indeed, qualifying and yet strengthening the assertion." Heb 6:6 METALAMBANW UBS: "receive" Zondervan "I receive my share, share in, receive" GNTBR: "(6) (a) with gen: I take a part (share) of, share in, partake of (b) with acc: I take after (later) or take instead." In each case, Dodson gives you just a little more info while still keeping it brief so you can get back to the reading. I do not necessarily endorse all the points Dodson makes (he says of EURISKW, for example "I find, learn, discover, especially after searching.") but to me all his insights were interesting and worthy of thought.

And I have not even mentioned another reason for buying this book, even if you already own a Zondervan or a UBS. This text is the Majority/Byzantine text compiled by Robinson and Pierpont. Even if you are convinced that the Byzantine text is secondary, fairness requires that you read the text yourself to make sure. You will find that the text differs from the Alexandrian text underlying NA-27 very slightly, and you will find hundreds of readings that are shorter and "more difficult" by the standard criteria. The Byzantine text is a little smoother and more polished grammatically, and in my opinion is better for beginners. A sound historical argument can be made in favor of either text, so it is good to have them both.

And even if your Greek is pretty good, I think you will benefit from a reader's edition, which will help you nail down the last few vocab words you need. If all you own is a standard UBS or NA, this is the perfect second Greek NT to buy, since it will fill two niches, a Greek NT you can read in an arm chair, and exposure to a different text tradition.

My only criticism is that the font on the text is a little small, smaller than either UBS or Zondervan, though the font itself is very nice, non-italicized, and even nicer than than the UBS font. The binding of the book is strong and it opens flat. I'd like to see future editions come with a ribbon marker.

One final point about this book. Robinson and Dodson have released this book into Public Domain. The UBS/NA text has been copyrighted and sites which use the text have been shut down. UBS/NA doe not allow people to make audio recordings of their text. The publishers of this book should be applauded for their commitment to making God's LOGOS as accessible as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what Pastors need 31 Aug 2012
By William P. Terjesen - Published on Amazon.com
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I would guess that many, if not most, pastors dig into their Greek New Testaments less and less as the years go by. The busyness of the ministry, and the inevitable grammatical rustiness that set in, often lead to dusty Greek Testaments (don't even get me started about Hebrew!!!).
I would also guess, that many, if not most, pastors don't even know that there is such a thing as a readers edition of the Greek New Testament. If they did, books like this would fly off the shelves. I stumbled across a review of The Greek NT for Beginning Readers: Byzantine Textform on the internet, and found it on Amazon and bought it immediately.
When I got it in the mail, I started reading it, and before long I had made my way through a chapter without consulting any other book. I've done (several times) something I've never done with a Greek Testament: took it to bed and read it before going to sleep. This book helps you do the thing that will increase your Greek skills immeasurably: Read!! The more you read, the stronger is your vocabulary and recognition of grammatical forms.
Readers' Greek New Testament is far more helpful than an interlinear, because unfortunately, with an interlinear, most people can't avoid looking at the translation below the word. With a Reader's Edition, the definitions and parsing info are separated from the text as footnotes, which causes your eye to stay with the Greek text. The result is that you get more and more familiar with the text the more you use it. My copy has been constantly at hand since I got it, and will be for a long time.
There are Reader's Gk Testaments based on the NA27 text edition, and before I found this, I was thinking of buying one of those. But once I discovered this edition of the Byzantine Textform it was no contest for me. Definitions and parsing info for words appearing 1-49 times in the NT appear as footnotes under the text (first the parsing, then underneath that, the definitions). All the words occurring 50 or more times are defined and parsed in the appendices which contain an abbreviated lexicon, and an Alphabetical list of verbforms and their parsings. This means you can sit in your livingroom with your Greek NT and read without having to dig around in grammars or lexicons (except, of course, for the fun of discovering further information).
So Pastors (and others who also want to bone up on their NT Greek) I highly recommend this book. If you use it, within two months your Greek muscles will be as buff as a pair of six-pack abs.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greek New Testament for Beginning Readers: The Byzantine 22 Mar 2011
By R Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this for anyone who is in the process of learning Biblical Greek or for anyone who may just like taking a look to see what Greek word was used in a particular place in scripture. This is an invaluable tool for someone making the tough transition from just studying Greek to actually reading it. I recommend buying this and taking it to church with you for a faster transition. Another reason I recommend this particular product over some from other publishers is the fact that this is based on the Byzantine Majority Text which takes into account several hundred texts, some of which include the oldest known complete New Testament and goes with the majority of what's there. There are some other similar products but as far as I'm aware they are based on the Critical Text which only takes into account a few texts and these text are edited or "critiqued" for content. No matter how good the intentions may be, a process like this will end up with a document that is influenced by the doctrinal beliefs of the people performing the criticism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thank God for this Greek New Testament for beginning readers like me 5 Nov 2013
By M. defelice - Published on Amazon.com
I thank God for this book! Other reviewers have very clearly pointed out how helpful it is as a reader. It has been almost 30 years since I studied Greek in seminary. I've kept it before me over the years, but could never seriously use a GK NT alone. Now, I've been reading this Greek NT daily for about two months, and for the first time, I can actually read and follow the text. I am convinced that this is an excellent method to truly getting the Greek committed to memory, far more effective than trying to memorize vocabulary words. I use a similar method in teaching English to foreigners, with excellent results. I am amazed at my progress in Greek, using this method. This is encouraging.

I usually read a chapter (or a part thereof) repeatedly two or three days in a row, and then move on. As I progress, (I am in 1John), I find that I am using using the helps less on less, and can simply follow the text, and see nuances. This is greatly encouraging.

Regarding the Majority Text: I've been examining the arguments regarding Greek texts for over ten years, reading from all sides, and I have come to believe that the Majority Text is indeed the most faithful. I thank God for the vision of both Maurice Robinson, and John Dodson to release this into public domain.

I can strongly recommend this book to anyone who has studied Greek but would like to improve in actually using it. May it help us to more deeply know God through more clearly knowing his Word.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Helpful to the Greek Student! 12 Mar 2014
By Jordan Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
The contents of this Readers edition of the Byzantine textform deserves 5 stars:
1.) Easy to read for a non-specialist.
2.) The glosses and parsings are easy to use.
3.) You can quickly discover the meaning of every word in the NT by using one of the apparatuses or the back of the book.
4.) I have not even finished my first Greek grammar, yet I was able to comprehend all of 1 John with just this book.

Why I give it three stars: in short--PRODUCTION QUALITY. I dropped the book off my desk one time onto carpet, and the binding broke loose. I had to glue it back together to use the book.

Suggestions to the publisher for future editions:
1.) Use sewn binding for a book this large--and important.
2.) Include a ribbon for marking pages.
3.) Include a bookmark/index card that explains the letters in the verb parsings for quick reference as opposed to having to flip to the forward each time.

In spite of the production quality, I absolutely plan to keep using this book to help me learn the original Greek.
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