Early manuscripts. Early manuscripts. Early manuscripts. That’s the key distinctive of the Tyndale House Greek New Testament.
The Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) has now been released (on November 15, 2017), after ten years of hard work.
As the official website says:
The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge seeks to make a distinctive contribution by providing a text of the Greek New Testament that is based on the most recent scholarship and is rooted in the earliest manuscript witnesses, dating primarily from the fourth and fifth centuries and earlier.
Key features include:
- As a general rule, for a particular variant to be chosen it must be attested in at least two sources from early copies (fifth century and earlier).
- The order of the books follows an alternative format, which follows the sequence: Gospels, Acts, Catholic Epistles, Pauline Epistles (Hebrews is included here), Revelation.
- Each book has the title at the beginning, but also at the end – following ancient practice.
- The practice of ekthesis (indenting to the left the first word of a paragraph).
- Minimal apparatus (footnotes/textual information) – making it easier to read for many students & pastors.
- Keeps spellings that are well attested in the earliest manuscripts (from the fifth century and prior).
Now, here’s a list of articles & resources to find out more! (links with an “*” indicate the most valuable resources.)
What is the THGNT?
*Introducing ‘The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge’ (Video)
A succinct introduction to the THGNT, including a six-minute video by Crossway. Haven’t heard anything about THGNT? Start here!
*7 Reasons to Use ‘The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge’
If you’re wondering why there was a need for a new Greek New Testament, or what the advantages of the THGNT are over other Greek New Testaments, find out answers here, given by one of the editors. (Also, an incredibly exciting announcement slipped into this article mentions that a free audio version will be available on ESV.org in the future.)
The Greek New Testament Website
The official THGNT website.
FAQs about the THGNT (PDF)
Find answers to: “Why do we need another Greek New Testament?“, “To what manuscript family does this Greek New Testament foundationally appeal?“, “How different is this text from the Nestle-Aland/UBS text?“, and more questions, here.
Interview: Williams and Jongkind on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT)
The Logos Bible Software blog interviews the editors of the THGNT. Some key questions are discussed here, such as “For what reasons would a pastor, scholar, or student want to pick the THGNT off the shelf for their study of a NT passage rather than any number of other editions currently available? Or should the Tyndale House edition be used in conjunction with other standard texts?”
*Download a sample from the Gospel of Mark (PDF)
Want to check the edition out before you buy it? Download a free PDF of the entirety of the Gospel of Mark here.
*Read the THGNT for free at ESV.org
I’m really excited for this. It makes it incredibly easy for the average person to look up information about the Greek easily. I was actually speaking to a friend recently that asked me how they could find out what a particular word in Scripture was in the original Greek so that they could do more study. Now on ESV.org you can show the English/Greek/Interlinear translations and click on a Greek word to show e.g. the English translation, the strong’s number, the parsing information, the lexical form, and more.
Buy the print edition (Crossway)
Buy the print edtion here. Very reasonably priced compared to other Greek New Testaments.
Reviews & Reception
*The New Tyndale House Greek New Testament
Todd Scacewater at Exegetical Tools gives an overview and positive review of the THGNT.
*Ad Fontes: A Review of the New Tyndale House Greek New Testament (Podcast)
Todd Scacewater discusses & reviews the THGNT on Exegetical Tools’ podcast, Tool Talk. Particularly helpful is his discussion of the textual criticism methodology employed that sets this edition apart from other Greek New Testaments.
Some Random Thoughts on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament
Notable Greek Scholar Daniel B. Wallace weighs in on the THGNT with some preliminary thoughts.
Initial thoughts on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament
Peter Gurry at Evangelical Textual Criticism offers his perspective on the THGNT.
A New Greek New Testament
Biblical Scholar Larry Hurtado comments on the THGNT.
(Featured image from Crossway’s THGNT media pack, found on this page)