Book Review: the UBS Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes

I was very pleased to receive this to review!  The UBS Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes contains the text of the Fourth Revised Edition (UBS4) of the Greek New Testament.  It also contains a running Greek-English dictionary compiled by Barclay M Newman, as well as some textual notes.

Firstly, it feels lovely.  I have the hardback and not the leather edition but even so it does feel very high quality.  Deep red and the size of a full bible, it has super smooth pages (yes, I do stroke books!).  The text is beautifully clear and laid out and is a pleasure to read.

The running dictionary is at the bottom of the page and contains words that occur 30 times or less in the Greek NT, defined in context.  For words occurring more than 30 times, there is an appendix at the back.  This means that if you have a basic grasp of Greek you do not need to be tugging out other books to read and understand – help is within the book itself.

I find it delightful because I can just pick it up and despite being very rusty, have the pleasure of at least grasping the basic meaning with the help of the dictionary and appendix.

If you are into textual criticism of the Greek NT, this edition does contain textual variants of those verses where the meaning of the text is significantly affected, but does not contain the full list – for that you’d need a different edition.

Aside from that this is a lovely NT Greek New Testament which I am very glad to have on my shelf – inspiring me to pick it up and read it (not just stroke it!).

The UBS Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes (Hendrickson Publishers/Alban Books 2011) RRP: £32.99

I received this book free from Alban Books for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
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