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From the Back Cover
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.
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The book has the eclectic Greek NT text which is the basis of the NIV translation, but it does not include the full critical apparatus that you will find in the Nestle-Aland text. Instead this book focusses on increasing your vocabulary acquisition and use of the Greek NT in daily devotional reading.
Each page has the greek text, and any word that occurs less than 100 times in the NT is referenced by a footnote, which gives the first principal part and the various meanings. So as long as you have a reasonable amount of vocabulary, and enough grammar to parse any word you see, this book supplies the other thing you will need: a lexicon on the page you are reading.
Thus for Matthew 1:1, the first word is Biblos, and the footnote gives biblos, biblou, h, book, sacred book, record.
My tutor challenged me to bring this book to church and read along when the scripture is being read, and I find it very easy to follow.
I recommend it very highly.
I already own the 1st edition, but don't use it as often as my UBS readers GNT because the font is not so easy to read, mainly because it is in italics, but also because the paper is very thin, causing a lot of bleed through.
So I was excited to get the 2nd edition, because it is advertised as being easier to read:
"New Greek font - easier to read"
But when I opened the box I was completely shocked!
I thought that I had received a faulty version. It looked like the printer was running out of ink when they made my copy. It looked like draft mode.
The font was incredibly thin and light.
But when I looked at the introduction (in English) and the Lexicon at the back, the print was in a much thicker and darker font - so I'm assuming that the printer was working okay, and that my copy is not faulty, but is how it is intended to be.
This makes me very disappointed, and unhappy.
I just can't understand how anyone ever let this product out.
I've tried reading it, and I have to strain my eyes to read the text, yet I had 20/20 vision at my last eye test.
I have compared it with the following texts:
Zondervan Reader's GNT 1st ed.
UBS reader's GNT
NET / Nestle Aland 27th Diglott
Pocket sized Nestle Aland 22nd ed.
All of these were far superior to the Zondervan reader's 2nd edition.
n my opinion, it is a terrible font.
I also noticed that the contrast between the Old Testament quotes (which are in bold), and the standard text, is so small, that it is hard to see when the Old Testament is being quoted. In the 1st edition however, this was very clear.
It is also worth pointing out that there is no ribbon marker, contrary to what a previous review states.
Don't be put off by the reviewer who was so horrified by the font that he sent it straight back. The font is smaller and lighter than that in the standard Bible Society text, but it is larger than the font in many English Bibles. It is perfectly easy to read, but you will want decent light.
The Bible Society has since published an edition that does the exactly the same job, but with their larger and darker font. It is also a bit easier to use and provides help with difficult verb forms. However, it is twice the size and costs twice as much. My chief objection to the Bible Society version is that for each word in the Greek text it gives simply the one English word that the editors feel is best in that context. That leaves you not knowing whether that is always the meaning of the word, or perhaps the usual meaning, or maybe a very uncommon and untypical meaning. The Zondervan version, however, gives the same small handful of English words each time the Greek word occurs, giving you an idea of the range of meanings, and leaving you to make up your own mind on the best meaning in the given context.
I purchased this instead: UBS Greek New Testament Reader's Edition with Textual Notes
It's about 30 per cent thicker but it has a beautiful font. It does cost twice as much but I would say that it's worth every penny.