Vol. I - The Holy Gospel
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm), 326 pages
ISBN: 1720938164 / 978-1720938163
Language: Greek & English
Vol. II - Acts, Epistles, Revelation
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm), 418 pages
ISBN: 1721018972 / 978-1721018970
Language: Greek & English
—"As one who has not bought into the conventional wisdom concerning 'recovery of the lost text,' I find it refreshing that the Eastern Church has available a Greek text which, while probably not perfect, is as close as we may come to the original today. Instead of one determined by a vote of 5 or 6 scholars, this text is the one commonly received by the Greek and Russian churches from time immemorial. As a Protestant Christian I delight in honoring my Orthodox friends who have preserved this text when the entire western church had defaulted to a translation, Jerome's Latin Vulgate, and now has widely accepted theories which do not accord with the historical record we have. For instance, a recent Greek edition in the west is done with the overt assumption that changes in the ancient text were done by men of good will, when the fathers repeatedly have written that there were intentional corruptions which had crept in as early as the first few centuries. I trust Christians in the Nicene age to be better judges of the original than Americans in the twentieth century." Thomas E. Martin
—"This Beautiful book presents the Eastern Orthodox Church's traditional or patriarchal Greek text of the New Testament. [...] 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. [...] 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." Peter McGowan
The Greek original according to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the King James translation are published side by side in facing pages, co-operating for an edition that celebrates the original text of the New Testament, helping those who try to study, learn and enjoy this so important ancient and modern language.
Contrary to Elpenor’s Greek New Testament, this bilingual edition uses a smaller font size, in order to avoid expanding beyond the limit of two convenient volumes.
I am always impressed by the love for Greek shared by so many people especially in the US and Europe. I hope this edition contributes something of real value to their joyous efforts.
More : : About the 1904 New Testament Edition of the Ecumenical Patriarchate * Preface to the 1904 edition approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Summary)
The text approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate aims at providing “the best reconstruction of the most ancient text of the ecclesiastical tradition and, more specifically, of the Church of Constantinople.” The text was based on manuscripts that are usually neglected. Most of them come from and after the 10th century, containing the full text of the New Testament, while others contain only parts used in church offices. These parts are the so called eklogadia (lectionaria), or Evangeliaria, or Praxapostoloi.
The Authorized Version has been called “the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language”, “the most important book in English religion and culture”, and “the most celebrated book in the English-speaking world”. Even prominent atheist figures such as the late Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have praised the King James Version as being “a giant step in the maturing of English literature” and “a great work of literature”, respectively, with Dawkins then adding, “A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian”. It is still the most used translation in the United States. In the Orthodox Church in America, the King James Version is used liturgically, and was made the ‘official’ translation for a whole generation of American Orthodox.
ELPENOR'S BILINGUAL NEW TESTAMENT
* Two convenient volumes, 744 pages.
* I: The Holy Gospel, II: Acts, Epistles, Revelation
* Two authoritative texts.
* Divided in chapters and paragraphs.
* Original at the left, Translation at the right (odd) pages.
* Available in soft- and hardcovers — at cost price.
Cf. Elpenor’s Greek-Only New Testament.