Review: The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition

Few concepts are more critical to cultivating an understanding of New Testament Greek than daily reading a Greek New Testament. Reading biblical Greek is invaluable for learning biblical Greek. This fact is true regardless of how long you’ve been studying the language. It is here that The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition by Tyndale House and Crossway offers readers a fresh and readable edition of the Greek New Testament that encourages language learning and daily consumption.  

The pagination of this Greek New Testament is nearly perfect. Its single-column format is beautifully presented and easy to read for more extended periods. The double-column glossary makes it a breeze to quickly determine the meaning of uncommon words (those occurring 25 times or less) or irregular forms. Every detail has been brought to cultivate reading and engagement, including the generous font size and opaque paper. The paper itself is some of the best I’ve seen and felt. The text literally leaps off the page, and there is virtually no ghosting visible under normal reading conditions. It’s a reader’s edition made to enjoy and read! 

There are two cover options of The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition available. Both the hardcover and Top Grain Leather versions contain the same text. Well almost. Those who pay the premium for the Top Grain Leather will get the higher quality paper (printed by L.E.G.O in Italy) and gold gilded page edges. For someone who’s serious about Greek and plans to read The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition daily (or even several times a week), then I would highly recommend paying the premium for the Top Grain Leather edition. Not only are you getting a superb Greek New Testament, which is meticulously designed to help keep you engage and learning, but it’s Smyth-sewn binding, and the supple leather cover has been built to last a lifetime. 

When I initially began to use The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition, admittedly, I was both impressed and left wanting. I was impressed for all the reasons mentioned above. This is a beautiful and well-designed Greek New Testament that accomplishes the task of cultivating a reading experience for students of all levels. I was left wanting because I was used to having a textual apparatus, limited as it may have been, to evaluate specific reading. The UBS5 Reader’s Edition has a textual apparatus. The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition by Tyndale House and Crossway does not. This is a preference that you will need to determine before purchasing. That said, once I reoriented myself to what I was looking to accomplish when I picked up The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition (namely read), my desire for a textual apparatus dissipated weather quickly. 

The Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition by Tyndale House and Crossway is a fantastic resource for all students of New Testament Greek. In fact, whether you use this edition or another, having a reader’s edition of the Greek New Testament is essential for anyone seriously learning the language. The Top Grain Leather edition is beautiful, and I would recommend it over and over again. It’s beautiful, functional, and durable. All the things needed for years of learning the language of the New Testament.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s