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Overview The Reader's Edition combines the Bible text of the latest edition of the UBS4 Greek New Testament, edited by Barbara Aland, et. al., with a running Greek-English Dictionary, compiled by Barclay M. Newman. Features * Running dictionary providing translations of all vocabulary items occuring 30 times or less in the New Testament at the bottom of each page * Translations given according to context * Definitions of idiomatic word combinations * Grammatical analysis of all difficult verb forms * Reader-friendly layout enabling the reader to transfer easily from text to dictionary and vice versa * An appendix providing translations of all vocabulary items occuring more than 30 times in the New Testament * Including the maps from the UBS Greek New Testament
The "Reader's Edition" combines the Bible text of the latest edition of the UBS4 Greek New Testament, edited by Barbara Aland, et. al., with a running Greek-English Dictionary, compiled by Barclay M. Newman.
Features - Running dictionary providing translations of all vocabulary items occuring 30 times or less in the New Testament at the bottom of each page - Translations given according to context - Definitions of idiomatic word combinations - Grammatical analysis of all difficult verb forms - Reader-friendly layout enabling the reader to transfer easily from text to dictionary and vice versa - An appendix providing translations of all vocabulary items occuring more than 30 times in the New Testament - Including the maps from the UBS Greek New Testament
Citations And Professional Reviews The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition by Barclay M. Newman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 12/25/2007 page 32
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.41" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.34" Weight: 2.11 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1598562851 ISBN13 9781598562859
Dr. Barclay M. Newman was Chair and Chief Translator of the "Contemporary English Version (CEV)" of the Bible, first published in 1995 by the American Bible Society, then in 2006 by G.P. Putnams Sons (Penguin Books) as "Seek Find: The Bible for All People". He was a member of the Old Testament Committee for the Good News Bible (Todays English Version) published in 1976 by the American Bible Society (ABS), and he chaired the revision that was published by the ABS in 1992 as the Good News Translation.
Reviews - What do customers think about The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition?
nice font but very pricey compared to Zondervan's May 7, 2008
I am a big believer in these Reader's Editions of the Greek New Testament, for both beginners and advanced readers. The first edition to print the defintions of uncommon words on the bottom of the page was, I think, Persheimer's Refresh Your New Testament Greek. This book never really caught on, went out of print and became very expensive to acquire used. Purists rejected Persheimer feeling that it is somehow "cheating" to look at the bottom of a books's pages as opposed to refering to a separate dictionary, not realizing that the time saved could be immensely helpful to learning Greek. More advanced students underestimated the need to improve their vocabulary, and how a Reader's Edition could really help in this. Then, in 2003 Zondervan broke ground with its own Reader's Edition that was a fraction of the cost of Persheimer's and was wonderfully lightweight and portable. Zondervan's A Reader's Greek New Testament helped many of us to improve our Greek like nothing before or since. It made reading on the go possible and pleasurable and we loved it. It did have one major drawback--a bizare italicized font. Zondervan's text also differed just a little bit from NA 27 (or maybe it was 26 at the time) and you would have thought they had killed someone, for all the fuss it caused. What an irony that the NA text had come to be regarded as a new "Received Text" from which no one could deviate! Zondervan printed all the differences in footnotes, just a few hundred of them, and any fair minded person will concede that Zondervan's variants are just as likely to be original. Purists also were hysterical that Zondervan's did not include a texutal apparatus, as if they could not conceive of someone having more than one Greek NT for different purposes. But Zondervan's text was very successful, despite the font, and so they did a second edition whose font is probably worse, too thin and small though no longer sloped. So now UBS has issued its own and it is a good text. It's font is very nice, big and clear and very straight. It's binding is nice and it has fine dictionary in the back and a ribbon. It is based on UBS 27. On its own terms I would highly recommend this book, but it is impossible to discuss this book without comparing it to Zondervan's two editions. Rick Mansfield has done just such a detailed comparison on his blog The Lamp, complete with pictures; I cannot improve on his discussion here. I would simply say that in my mind the UBS edition is not worth the cost--over twice as much and is much less portable. If you can afford both, get both, if not, get Zondervan's first edition unless you NEED the dictionary in the back. I got used to Zondervan's font and I think you will too. Finally, another HUGE advantage to Zondervan's is that theirs lists ALL the meanings for a given word, on average about three meanings, sometimes as many as five or six. UBS just gives a one word gloss on what the edititor THINKS the word means in that passage, and often does not give the literal meaning, which I think could confuse beginners. But again, The UBS Greek New Testament A Reader's Edition is a fine and helpful text. I love it not less but Zondervan's more. Use your rebate check and buy them both!
A simple review May 3, 2008
For the content of the book, which I am very happy with, see the other reviews. I make this review simply to point out the size of the book. It is much larger than the standard UBS GNT and is not as handy for carrying around. So even though I still lack a full vocabulary, I find myself bringing my regular UBS4 with me instead. The three stars is only for size/portability.
Simply the best Apr 30, 2008
This is the best "readers edition" of the Greek New Testament available it is superior to the Zondervan version in many ways already listed in the other reviews. If you want to become fluent in both the language and the text this is the volume that will allow you to experience large amounts of the text with the least interruption. The only thing I want to see is this version in a leather bound edition for easier travel.
The New Standard of GNT Reader's Texts Apr 10, 2008
Rarely, would I review any text with the obvious bias I now have toward the new UBS GNT Reader's text. With that said, for a Reader's GNT which is meant to do just that---namely, function as a reader's text, this volume does so. The text is comfortably sized, the font is clear, visually appealing, and most of all the footnotes are clearly organized. The Zondervan Reader's text, the forerunner to this text and its competitor patently fails on the previous four scores. As an avid student of the text, who desires to utilize the skills I have acquired for actually enjoying the text in private reading as well as using the text comfortably in public settings this volume provides exactly what I was looking for. Whereas I was not confident enough to use the Zondervan GNT Reader's edition to teach classes at my local church due to the reasons enumerated above, I use this version freely and really enjoy doing it. The UBS Reader's text also has helpful section titles and notes parallel gospel passages.
If you are someone who has invested in the Zondervan version and was sorely disappointed, this is a reader's text that actually lives up to its design.
However, there are several normative features to a GNT text that you do lose in the Reader's form: 1) text-critical notes, 2) references to Old Testament citations, and 3) Eusebian Canons. The latter two, as one reviewer has already pointed out would have been nice (and possible) while the first in light of spatial constraints is simply a feature which a reader's edition has to do without.
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Excellent, but some errors Mar 7, 2008
Though I am very satisfied this product and have nothing new to add to the previous reviewers, I found some errors in it. For example, in Matthew 1:18, there is no footnote to the word "prin," which occurs only 13 times in the NT. Another example is "sunanekeivto" in Mattew 9:10, which occurs only 7 times. One can confirm this by looking at any lexicon or Reader's Greek NT publsihed by Zondervan. While I have not read through The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition, it would be possible to find one more or so errors. So, I would like the publisher to put errata that they have already found in it on the website. Further, the references to Old Testament quotations are not presented anywhere in the footnote or the margin. If you feel it inconvenient, Reader's Greek NT by Zondervan is the right product for you. Anyway, as both products are excellent, that's the matter of your preference.