Friday, August 29, 2008

New Testament: An Idiomatic Translation

This was published by Mellen Press in 2006. Translated by George A. Blair, it is a three volume set. Visit Blair's Page on Mellen Press for more information.

     Mellen Press's description: "This translation attempts several things: first, it tries to be faithful both to the Greek and the English languages, giving ordinary English for ordinary Greek words, avoiding “Biblical” jargon. Second, the English reflects the individual style and personality of Greek writers. Third, the documents appear in the order they were actually written, enabling the reader to follow the earliest development of Christian thought. Fourth, the little introductions reveal the psychological context of the documents, showing the motivation behind them. Finally, the introductions show how the documents reveal whether their religious dimension was attached to or grew out of the actual facts that happened historically."

     This certainly ranks high in cost: Each volume is $109.95 USD. At that price it will be hard to find a copy to examine. If anyone does have a chance I'd welcome a guest review!

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