Thought I'd start this thread here so students of religious subjects can share their favourite books relating to religious studies one way or the
other. When you post the titles of the books here, let's try to avoid being too general, please follow the format of this thread or be even more
specific in your descriptions. ISBN-codes are useful where they are available, year of publishing and edition is relevant, and make sure to name
authors, or editors, compilers etc. where it is relevant and the name of the publishers, but most importantly, include a short text about each book,
feel free to describe them any way you'd like, as long as it complies with the rules of the house.
Ah, there are so many books, but the first book that I would like to share with you, is one of my latest additions to my ever-growing collection.
It's a book I can no longer live without. It's simply called....
The Greek English New Testament, Nestle-Aland 28th Edition, English Standard Version.
Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft and Crossway, 2012
Abbreviated NA28 among scholars, the Nestle-Aland 28th edition is the latest what I'd call a sum-critical edition (obviously not
a real term, but I use it since I feel it covers it best) of the Greek texts of the New Testament. On the left side pages it has the sum-critical
Greek text with a rather comprehensive critical apparatus in the bottom half of the pages, as well as cross-references in the left margin. And on the
right hand pages, the same text is rendered in English according to the 2011 English Standard Version or ESV for short. It's a pretty, well-made
book, and you could probably use it both as a shield and a weapon, needless to say, it's a useful book on many levels. On
, Crossway (publisher) says about the book: «Simply
formatted and easy to use, the Greek-English New Testament will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying and working from the New Testament in
its original language.» I bought it off of Amazon.
Now, to work with biblical Greek texts, you need a few more tools than just a Greek text, and one book I use all the time when researching words and
passages in the New Testament is my prized possession—
The Analytical Greek Lexicon
Samuel Bagster & Sons LTD, 1971
On the title page it says: «An alphabetical arrangement of every occurring inflexion of every word contained in the Greek New
Testament scriptures, with a grammatical analysis of each word, and lexicographical illustration of the meanings: A complete series of paradigms, with
grammatical remarks and explanations.»
Phiew. In short when you want to look up Greek words within a sentence in let's say the NA28 (above),
these words and sentences need identifying and analysing in order to find out who is who and what is what, and finding the root words or the words in
their simplest forms in order to look them up further, and doing that by hand the old way, can be pretty painstaking, and since we are talking about a
third language that is no longer spoken, simply looking it up to get a quick format grammatical analysis will save you both time and energy, and most
likely there are fewer errors in that whole book than the number of errors you will make on a single page doing the thing the old school way. So in
short, a highly useful book I cannot imagine living without. Bought it at a used books store for nearly nothing at all.
The third book I want to share with you this time around, is another invaluable one when studying the New Testament and a book you will see referenced
nearly anywhere when researching the Bible, in one edition or another, and since it's older than 100 years, it's considered public domain:
Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
Joseph Henry Thayer
Hendrickson Publishers, 11th printing, 2014 (reprint of Thayer's 4th ed. 1896 published by T&T Clark)
This is probably the most referenced Greek Biblical lexicon in connection with the New Testament. Ever. This given edition has
been added codes for the Strong's Concordance, it's an easy to use resource for anyone dealing with NT translation and analysis. However, like
Strong's Concordance this book is in some way limited, for it is old as lava and since it was first published in the latter half 19th century, plenty
has happened with the advent of modern textual criticism and how since then, thousands of NT manuscripts and fragments have surfaced and lots has
happened to our understanding on 1st century Koine Greek. Still, I use it all the time. It is available several places online for free as well, since
copyrights on written texts only last 100 years, you'll figure out what works best for you. I like to have my books in physical format.
I have quite a few more books on the subject, over the years I have filled quite a few bookcases, to the extent I have to have some of my books in my
bedroom, since the living room simply isn't enough— so if this thread catches on, I will supply with more book titles as the thread progresses.
Anyway, the podium is yours....