This Beautiful book presents the Eastern Orthodox Church's traditional or patriarchal Greek text of the New Testament. That is all - just the text! There is a brief preface (in Koine Greek) with an English translation in the appendix. To this extent, it is useful to have direct access to the traditional text of one significant section of Christianity; and for the preservation of the Greek New Testament text, this is the most important part - the Greek Orthodox Church.
The text contains no foot notes, no marginal references and no apparatus. Just the naked text. And this text has some surprising characteristics compared to the Robinson-Pierpont (RP) and Zane-Hodges Majority text (MT) version of the Byzantine text:
* Luke 17:36 is included despite being absent in MT and RP
* Acts 8:37 is included despite being absent in MT and RP
* Acts 15:34 is included despite being absent in MT and RP
* The comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7, 8) is included despite being absent in MT and RP.
These instances are odd inasmuch as these verses are absent from almost all Greek MSS and have been added very late from Latin.
Thus, this Patriarchal Text appears to be mid-way between the MT and Textus Receptus. The book is a delightful reference for what the late Byzantium church used for its liturgy.
- Paperback: 483 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (4 April 2012)
- Language: Greek
- ISBN-10: 1475046154
- ISBN-13: 978-1475046151
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 816 g
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