Lee Irons has recently published a new Syntax Guide For Readers Of The Greek New Testament (SG). The purpose for this guide is to give readers of New Testament Greek a jump start in to the discipline of reading the New Testament in its original language. Typically studies of the Greek tend to either get overlooked or focus on individual word studies. What Irons would like to see is students of New Testament Greek take up the practice of reading whole sections of the Greek text and eventually the entire New Testament. However, anyone who has taken up that task has recognized immediately the difficulty before them in being able to readily interpret as you read. SG provides the syntactical information (i.e. idioms, syntactical categories, etc. )to help aid in understanding Greek phrases and sentences in order to “streamline” the reading experience.
While this is a helpful volume it requires some prior familiarity of the Koine Greek. I would say this volume was ideally written for any one with at least two years of Greek. In fact the volume assumes it’s reader’s understanding of Greek. My only reservation is the Iron’s does not sight the sources he has used for his content. Then again this isn’t that kind of tool, which is fine with me as I have always known Irons to be competent with his Greek.
This volume has several appealing features. First it follows the Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th and 28th editions. To me it even looks like the maroon hardback UBS Greek New Testament. There is also a subject index that allows the reader to look up verses by grammatical form. This is a very helpful volume. I have attempted to use it as Irons had intended and I found personally I come away with a better understanding of the text since my tendency is to skip over phrases or sentences that I didn’t understand. Definitely a must for any Greek reader’s reference library.
Rating 4 out of 5
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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.
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.
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
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.