In November of 2017, Tyndale House, Crossway Publishers and Cambridge University Press jointly released their critical edition of the Greek New Testament. A critical edition of the Greek New Testament refers to any edition that takes into consideration all of the known manuscript readings and variations. Such a project attempts to produce a representative text which can be studied, used for translation and for exegesis of the New Testament books. As with any effort of textual criticism, critical editions attempt to get the modern reader as close as possible to the wording of the original text. The details about this new edition are available here: https://static.crossway.org/excerpt/esv-greek-new-testament-tyndale-house-nb.pdf
In this post I want to express three appealing reasons as to why I would choose to have this edition of the Greek New Testament in my library.
1. First, what makes this particular edition appealing is the underlying theological assumption of the Bible being the Word of God. In the link I just listed above, Tyndale House notes the following about this edition:
“The Greek New Testament is the very Word of God. It is so unspeakably precious that even the smallest details deserve careful attention. The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (GNT) aims to be the most accurate possible printing of the New Testament in its earliest well-documented form.”
Such a statement gives me much comfort, since as a pastor, my primary responsibility is to carefully and rightly divide the Word of truth on a weekly basis (see 2 Timothy 2:15). The following video link features an introduction to this edition of the Greek New Testament, along with explanations of its significance by the two main editors, here: http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2017/11/tyndale-house-greek-new-testament-intro.html
The whole project took ten years of painstaking labor to produce.
2. A second detail worth noting is that the publishers are making the entire text available free of charge in digital form. On the publisher website, one can download a sample of Mark’s Gospel here: https://static.crossway.org/excerpt/the-greek-new-testament-mark.pdf
This free public access is an excellent way to read the text and compare it to other already well-known editions of the Greek New Testament (such as the Nestle-Aland 28th edition, Society for Biblical Literature Greek New Testament). As a matter of curiosity, I downloaded the free sample of the Tyndale text to explore how the editors handled the ending of Mark’s Gospel (Mark 16:8 and 16:9-20). In the sample, one can view the text and the textual apparatus below the text that lists the manuscripts and variants. This blogger really liked how the apparatus lists out the manuscripts, places the variant readings and demonstrates why the editors made the choices they did. When I compare this arrangement to the copy of the Nestle-Aland 28 Greek New Testament, it is evident that Tyndale House has worked hard to make their Greek New Testament more user-friendly to a wider audience of scholars, translators, student and pastors.
3. A third and final reason to consider ownership of the Tyndale Greek New Testament is that the price is well within reach. Depending on the whether one wants a hardback or various leather editions, prices can range from $21 to $34 on Amazon to upwards of $130 (depending on which site you choose to use, you can get some incredible deals).
As one who is ever desiring to “get it right” when it comes to exegeting and interpreting the texts of the Old and New Testaments, the Tyndale Greek New Testament sounds like a worthy investment.