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This page provides a review of a reference work that was consulted while working on the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). To purchase a copy of the third edition, click here.

The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text

Compiled by Zane C. Hodges and Arthur L. Farstad

A very accurate Greek text

I have long believed the Majority Text (MT) to be superior to the Critical Text (CT, i.e., the NA/ UBS text) and even to the Textus Receptus (TR). My first introduction to the MT was via the textual footnotes in the NKJV. These reference the first edition of Hodges and Farstad’s Majority Text. I discuss in detail my reasons for preferring the MT to the CT and TR in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.”

That said, this book is a quality volume. The print style is very readable, and the textual footnotes are helpful for study in this regard. The accompanying “NKJV Interlinear” (now titled Majority Text Interlinear) is also a very helpful volume.

However, I prefer Robison & Pierpont’s MT (The New Testament in the Original Greek) to H&F’s MT. Having studied their differing methodologies, I believe that R&P’s is even more accurate. However, it should be noted that the differences between these two texts are minimal. In fact, I used R&P’s for translating my Analytical-Literal Translation of the NT (ALT), but I also referred to H&F’s text at times and to the NKJV Interlinear in my translation work and for the textual variants chapter in my Companion Volume to the ALT.

So H&F’s text is a good volume for translation work, but R&P’s text is even better.

Review of The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text. Copyright (c) 2008 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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