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Overview This unique and useful resource includes a parallel comparison of the four Gospels in both the Greek Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27) and the English Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. The Greek text includes the full critical apparatus from the 26th edition of the Novum Testamentum Graece except for parallels from aprocryphal gospels and patristic sources. The facing English text has an apparatus of significant variants in the AV (King James), RV, and RSV versions.
This unique and useful resource includes a parallel comparison of the four Gospels in both the Greek "Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27)" and the English Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. The Greek text includes the full critical apparatus from the 26th edition of the "Novum Testamentum Graece " except for parallels from aprocryphal gospels and patristic sources.
The facing English text has an apparatus of significant variants in the AV (King James), RV, and RSV versions.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.64" Width: 8.66" Height: 1.11" Weight: 2.85 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
ISBN 1598561774 ISBN13 9781598561777
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More About Kurt Aland
Kurt Aland (1915-1994) was professor of Church History and New Testament Textual Criticism at Muenster (Germany), where he founded the Institute for New Testament Textual Research. He served as co-editor of Eberhard and Erwin Nestle's Novum Testamentum graece and was a member of the editorial committee of the Greek New Testament. Aland and his wife coauthored one of the standard introductions to New Testament textual criticism, and he edited the most widely used New Testament text of the present period.
Reviews - What do customers think about Synopsis of the Four Gospels?
NO--This *IS* the Greek/English version, 12th edition Jan 8, 2007
NOTE: The review by FrKurt Messick states this is the English-only edition. That is incorrect. His review must have originally been posted in reference to another edition. Note the review date (2005) vs. the publication date of this edition (2006). Sometimes this site incorrectly cross-references reviews.
This is the new 12th ed. of the Greek/English version (ISBN: 1598561774).
Practical and useful Aug 23, 2005
This synopsis edition of the four canonical gospels follows the text of the Revised Standard Version, one of the more accepted versions of the Bible in the scholarship of the last generation of Biblical scholars. It presents the four canonical gospels in parallel format, following the text from the beginning, and going more or less in chronological order (there are places where the combination of texts is ambiguous at best).
Kurt Aland, the editor of this text, is also one of the major editors of note of the Greek New Testament - most authoritative versions of the Greek New Testament have Aland's work in it somewhere, if not as the chief editor, then certainly as an influence. Aland used the Greek New Testament (Nestle-Aland 26th Edition) as the basis for revising the text here, although the bulk of the text comes from the RSV. This text is an English-only version - there is an edition that couples the English version with the Greek.
One of the most useful features of this text, as opposed to other synopses, is that it includes all four gospels, rather than just the three synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Synoptic is a word that can be readily understood by taking it apart into pieces - syn-, as in synonym, meaning roughly 'the same', and optic, as in the optic nerve, meaning roughly 'to see' or even 'eye' - synoptic can mean 'seeing with the same eye.' Yet, those who read the three synoptics know that, even though they parallel, they are far from exact matches. The gospel of John has a different eye on the gospel topic altogether - including it in a text such as this shows where parallels can be drawn, and highlights the unique quality of John, as well as the unique attributes of the synoptics.
Throughout the text, just as in any good study bible, Aland marks the references and possible attributions to Hebrew scripture texts. There are indexes to the gospels and the complete New Testament at the end.
One of the uses of this kind of text for the 'average' user (as opposed to the scholar or student, who might be more interested in minor textual variants) is examining the gospels side-by-side to see what is included and omitted from the different books. For example, we are using this text at my retirement centre as part of the Advent Bible Study, looking at the Christmas stories in the gospels. One can see immediately the variations in the text are significant. Mark has no Christmas story at all - the first appearance of Jesus is as a full-grown man, from Galilee (not Bethlehem), being baptised by John. Matthew begins with a genealogy of Jesus (via Joseph) going back to Abraham, paralleled a few chapters later in Luke, who has a genealogy going back to Adam (with different names scattered throughout). Matthew lacks the travel from Galilee to Bethlehem - the family is already there; Matthew also lacks the manger scene and the shepherds. Luke lacks the wise men, but includes extensive and poetic monologue/dialogue from Mary, who is silent in the early portion of Matthew. Smaller differences also appear - in Matthew, angels always speak to people in dreams; in Luke, they seem to make 'real life' appearances.
The variations can go on and on; rather like taking down the stories of different people who witness the same event, or recording the impressions of people who read the same book, the records might be different but each valid and possessing integrity in its own right.
This is a very practical and handy text to have, examining the four gospels in a way that encourages further study and reflection.