Tuesday, February 26, 2008

3 Reader's Editions of the Greek New Testament

While discussing Zondervan's A Reader's Hebrew Bible with Philip Brown and Bryan Smith, I noticed that comparisons were drawn between RHB and Zondervan's A Reader's Greek New Testament. The more we discussed the benefits of RHB the more I came to realize how useful these tools will be for students and pastors.

I have done a good bit of research on the reader's edition Greek New Testaments available on the market and have found the following information:

  1. Thus far, Zondervan has published two editions of RGNT.
    1. A Reader's Greek New Testament (RGNT1), edited by Richard J. Goodrich & Albert L. Lukaszewski (April 2003)
      • Features:
        • Leather Bound
        • The underlying text of the NIV
        • Italic Greek font (click on the pic to enlarge)
        • Footnoted definitions of all Greek words occurring 30x or less
          • As you will see from the previous pic, the editors chose to include names as vocab. For an intermediate student, the target audience of this tool, this is unnecessary. (The UBS edition skips these names.)
        • Footnotes offering comparisons with UBS4 (click on the pic to enlarge
        • OT references are noted in a separate apparatus at the bottom of the page (click on the pic to enlarge)
        • 608 pages
        • 9.2" x 5.9" x 0.7"
        • 1 lb
        • 4 page excerpt
      • Purchase:
        • List Price: $29.99
        • WTS ($18.89) | CBD ($21.99) | Amazon ($29.99)


    2. A Reader's Greek New Testament, 2nd Edition (RGNT2), edited by Richard J. Goodrich & Albert L. Lukaszewski (November 2007)
      • Features:
        • Italian Duo-Tone cover
        • The underlying text of the TNIV
        • Non-italic Greek font
        • Footnoted definitions of all Greek words occurring 30x or less
          • A superscripted number follows each word to be found in the footnotes
          • This superscripted number follows every appearance of every word occurring 30x or more (click on the pic to enlarge)
          • According to this strategy, as seen in the previous pic, words situated close together share the same footnote number. However, words appearing a few words apart or more are assigned a new footnote number. (click on the pic to enlarge)
            This is carried over into the footnotes section where the same definition will be repeated multiple times. To me, this is an unfortunate redundancy. (The editors of the RHB sought to remedy this problem. The UBS edition also has a solution.) (click on the pic to enlarge)
        • Footnotes offering comparisons with UBS4
        • OT references are noted in a separate apparatus at the bottom of the page
        • Includes a mini-lexicon of words occurring 30x or more
          • Based on Warren C. Trenchard's Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament
        • Four pages of full-color maps
        • 576 pages
        • 7" x 10" x 1.1"
        • 1.415 lb
        • 7 page excerpt
      • Reviews:
      • Purchase:
        • List Price: $34.99
        • CBD ($27.99) | Amazon ($23.09)


  2. Hendrickson has also published a Reader's NT with the standard UBS text.
    1. The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition, edited by Barclay Newman (December 2007)
Here is a chart comparing the features of these three Reader's. (click on the pic to enlarge)
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