Comfort – New Testament Text and Translation Commentary

Philip Comfort – New Testament Text and Translation Commentary
The purpose of this work is to provide scholars, pastors, students, and serious Bible readers with a commentary on the variant readings in the New Testament that have significance for Bible interpretation and Bible translation—and to do so in a format that is communicative and informative to English readers as well as those who know Greek.
Many readers of the New Testament are perplexed by or at least curious about, the number of differences that exist between modern English versions and the King James Version. Furthermore, readers of the New Testament regularly encounter notes in the margins of their English Bibles that mention variant readings present in the underlying Greek manuscripts. Each of the modern English versions usually has at least 500 such notes for the New Testament; some (such as the New King James Version and the New Jerusalem Bible) have as many as 1,000. Yet explanations rarely accompany these notes, so most readers have no idea why certain readings were preferred over others or why it was important to mention the variant at all. In total, there are about 3,000 textual variants noted in the array of contemporary English versions—variants that impact interpretation and exposition. Commentators, preachers, and students need to be aware of these variants and understand them for enriched interpretation, homiletics, and study of the New Testament text. However, when one of my New Testament students at Wheaton College a number of years ago asked me, "Where is there a book that explains these textual variants?" I had to tell him, "There isn't one, really—unless you know Greek." Since then, I have felt the need to provide such a book for English readers as well as for those who know Greek and are seeking information on how textual criticism might affect translation and exegesis. This volume is my attempt to provide such a tool.

Philip Comfort – New Testament Text and Translation Commentary

Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2008. – 942 pp.
ISBN-13:978-1-4143-1034-3 (hc: alk. paper)
ISBN-10:1-4143-1034-X (hc:alk. paper)

Philip Comfort – New Testament Text and Translation Commentary - Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Practice of New Testament Textual Criticism
  • 2. Significant Editions of the Greek New Testament
  • 3. Significant English Versions
  • 4. Abbreviations
  • 5. How to Use the Commentary
  • 6. Glossary
  • Commentary
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B
  • Appendix C
  • Appendix D
  • Bibliography


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