6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm), 488 pages
ISBN: 1475046154 / 978-1475046151
Elpenor's edition of the original Greek (Koine) text of the New Testament, coming from Byzantium and being used until our days in Greek-speaking Orthodox Churches, can be regarded as the most authoritative form of the Bible.
The text is illuminated with images of Byzantine manuscripts, photos of churches in Athos Holy Mount and in other places in Greece, Orthodox Icons and various Orthodox style drawings.
Reading the Bible in the Greek original we prepare conditions for a deeper understanding of its meanings, while by itself a contact with Greek elevates our thinking. "When one returns to the Greek," Oscar Wilde writes in De Profundis, "it is like going into a garden of lilies out of some narrow and dark house..."
About 3850 words in the New Testament are found previous to the death of Aristotle, or about 80 percent of the whole vocabulary... showing an almost unexpected purity in the language of the New Testament... One is dealing here with a language which can be termed, at least in the broad sense, cultivated... (Kennedy, Sources of New Testament Greek)
* Greek text according to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (1904/12), with corrections of typos made by the Church of Greece * Larger typeface for easy reading * Orthodox illustration * Chapters divided in paragraphs * With an introduction by George Valsamis (in English and Greek) on the meaning of the New Testament for us today, and the special importance of the text of the Orthodox Churches
* More about the text: The 1904 New Testament Edition of the Ecumenical Patriarchate * Corrections to the Patriarchal Greek Text of the New Testament * Book Preface * Preface to the 1904 edition (Summary)