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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
The first thing you notice with this book is the text - it's crystal clear! The other reviewers on this page have pretty much nailed it - it provides all the useful variants, footnotes are very helpful, and the foreword explains the author's methodology. I'm very pleased with this book which is not as big as you might think and easily fits into the briefcase to carry in and out of work very easily! Note that this is not an interlinear - thank God - it's much better.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for NT scholars,
This review is from: Novum Testamentum Graece (Greek New Testament) (Vinyl Bound)
How do we know what was actually in the "original" New Testament books? How well can we rely on any of a hundred different doctrinally biased translations? With a basic knowledge of koine Greek (not that hard, learning only 600 words will cover 90% of the NT), this is the book that helps provide the answer. There is no bias in one direction or another, and no interpretation is provided. The purpose of the book is for the user to see one "standard" text alongside all the variant texts, and to interpret for themselves. This is not a interlinear or interpaginated Greek text with English translation. This book is for those who are interested in the original words, indeed the lettering, of the text itself.
Novum Testamentum Graece is the Nestle Aland standard edition of the New Testament in Greek with cross references to many different codex and papyrus "witnesses" for every verse, phrase or word, where those differ between texts. Originally produced in 1898 by Eberhard Nestle, when New Testament texts even as old as the fourth or fifth century were thin on the ground, this, the 1993 27th Edition, edited by Kurt Aland in his 41st year of doing this work, takes full account of all the significant discoveries made in the 20th Century up to the date of publication, including the rare papyrii which represent the very oldest Christian manuscript texts in existence.
A casual glance at a page will yield a morass of Greek lettering, diacritical marks, notation symbols and a section taking up a third of a page at the bottom which appears as a confusing jumble of numbers and letters - letters in Roman, Greek, both majuscule and minuscule, and Hebrew. This first impression is highly misleading. First of all, though it may seem that you need to be an expert in textual scholarship before you begin, this is not the case. The Introduction is written in both German and English, and gives full guidance to the meanings of the symbols and how to read the textual variances; and the Appendices give full details of all the codices, parchments and papyrii being referred to by those complex letters, numbers and other symbols - the exact details of which are not important if you are simply reading the Greek text. Having found the relevant section of the Introduction, it just took me five minutes to read and digest the rules, and for the text as presented to become as clear as day.
This is certainly the first quadrilingual book I've ever read: the Foreword and Introduction are each written in German and English, the text itself is in Greek (of course) and the Appendices, the Title page and every other piece of informative text is written in Latin. But don't let that put you off, because the Latin is easily deciphered (probably easier for English speakers than German ones!).
I feel enormously privileged to have obtained an excellent condition copy of this classic text at a very reasonable price, and it is certainly a prize in my library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent volume,
I would have given this 5 stars - it is clear and in a font size which is comfortable to read, and has excellent footnotes and references, however the volume I received (from a different seller) does not have an integral dictionary, so I feel that "I wuz robbed", as other people have mentioned a lexicon. I'm not sure if this is anyone's "fault" (I know that I have not deliberately been diddled), but I think the book description itself should make clear everything that is included in the volume.
Bad, bad Amazon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Greek New Testament,
The text was as clear as my own copy and slightly larger which was good. The critical apparatus is more complete and the Introduction has been augmented with more material on the composition and history of the New Testament and associated writings. I would liked the paper itself to have been a little thicker so that no indication of the text on the other pages could be seen. However, a good and appreciated purchase as a gift.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented.,
When I recieved my copy I was thrilled with the superb quality of this product.
I am studying Ancient Greek at university and this has been invaluable when learning.
It is beautifully presented with high quality finish, prefect for a gift or for regular use as it will last a long time due to it's high quality.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek New Testament,
When learning Greek this is a useful aid in conjuction with the English New Testament as your translation and the dictionary as further aid.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greek New Testament,
This review is from: THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Great information on the ' Greek Language. Inspirational book for the ' Greek ' scholar, and a must have for your library.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best,
I love it, what can I say. For me its the beste greek new testament out there. Its a classic, a must have. And the dictionary in the end is an excelent thing to have.
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Greek New Testament by B. Aland (Hardcover - Oct. 2000)
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