Saturday, June 08, 2019

WM 124: Review and Rejoinders to Dirk Jongkind's An Introduction to the Greek NT

Note: I have posted WM 124: Review and Rejoinders to Dirk Jongkind’s An Introduction to the Greek NT (listen here).

Here are some notes:

Dirk Jongkind, An Introduction to the Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2019): 124 pp.

This work is a brief introduction to the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT, Crossway, 2017) from its editor, Dirk Jongkind. For my audio review of the THGNT see WM 84. For my written review in PRJ see here.

This introduction has eight chapters. I will offer some summary and comments on each chapter:

1: Your Greek New Testament and the Manuscripts (17-26):

2: Practicalities (27-39):

3: Manuscripts (41-64):

4. How Decisions Are Made (65-85):

5. Why not the Textus Receptus? (87-91):

6. Why not the Byzantine Text? (93-100):

7. Biblical Theology and the Transmission of the Text (101-108):

8. Where to Go from Here? (pp. 109-110).

This is just a brief conclusion pointing readers to further resources, especially online one.

The book ends with acknowledgements (111-112) and a glossary of terms (113-116).

Final Thoughts:

This book will be welcomed by those who desire to use and understand better the THGNT. I described it in my earlier review as a “boutique edition,” but its promotion by Crossway will no doubt spur its use among many evangelicals, especially Calvinistic ones.

DJ is to be commended, in particular, for providing a theological rationale for his approach and for his charitable interaction with those who hold to differing views (namely, the TR and Byzantine Priority positions).


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