Book Review: A Commentary On The Manuscripts And Text Of The New Testament

TITLE: A Commentary On The Manuscripts And Text Of The New Testament
AUTHOR: Philip Wesley Comfort
PUBLISHER: Kregel Academic, July 15, 2015, (416 Pages)

Having spent some time in Comfort’s new book A Commentary On The Manuscripts And Text Of The New Testament I found it to be a very valuable resources not only for the professional, or Greek student, but for the average every day Bible student like myself.

First I’d like to begin with some general information about the book. I have to admit that I wasn’t too familiar with Comfort’s writing. As it turns out Comfort has written his fair share of books in various genres. However, is specialty is New Testament having published fifteen volumes on the topic. Moreover he has spent the last 25 years of his life as a senior editor for Tyndale House.

BOOK FEATURES

I’m not the kind of guy that judges a book by its cover but I’m always appreciative of a volume that is made with good materials, well bounded, quality paper, and in this case as sewn in book mark which is particularly helpful. Some of the other features I found helpful was a listing of early manuscripts for each chapter found in the New Testament (P.11). There is also an abbreviations and works cited page (15) which ought to be standard but many times it is not. Lastly in the very back of the there is an appendix with detailed information about Nomina Sacra (or sacred names). Since comfort has much to say about Nomina Sacra this becomes an essential piece.

OBSERVATIONS

This is a reference book. For some readers reference material can be a little dry. However, as an average student of the Bible I have found this volume to be very useful in my day to day Bible study. I refer to myself as an “average Bible student” however I did study Greek and am still a student of Biblical Greek. But for the purpose of this volume one doesn’t necessarily have to have any Greek skills. Comfort has done the work of transliterating the Greek terms into English to make it more accessible to all Bible students.

However, what I think makes this volume very interesting is that Comfort does not tie himself to a particular Greek New Testament (as other volumes of this sort do). Rather this volume uses some of the earliest available Greek manuscripts most of which go back to the second and third century. This allows Comfort more space to list more variants.

This is a helpful reference tool that I would have no problem recommending to anyone who enjoys studying the Bible. It is a valuable resource which, once added to your library, can easily become a favorite.

RATING 4 Stars

James


This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Academic in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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