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Comfort: New Testament Text and Translation Commentary

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This commentary by Philip W. Comfort is especially useful for pastors and teachers who know that the members of their audiences use a variety of different English versions. It is also a helpful tool for serious students of the Bible, including laypeople and seminary students. In addition to this passage-by-passage commentary, the reader is introduced to the art of textual criticism, its importance for studying the New Testament and the challenges translators of English versions face.

Presented in a clear, easy to read manner. All major English translations are surveyed and tabulated.

The Accordance edition gives you the power of searching multiple fields, instant hyperlinks which define all major manuscript symbols and technical terms, and over 200 links to other resources in your Library. Comfort's New Testament Text and Translation Commentary pairs perfectly with Metzger's Textual Commentary, or the Word Biblical Commentary.

For more information on this commentary, see Article, Book Review by Shaun Tabbatt, and Podcast on textual criticism.

New Testament Text and Translation Commentary
Commentary on the variant readings of the ancient New Testament Manuscripts and how they relate to the major English Translations
• Author: Philip W. Comfort
• Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 24, 2008)

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March 21, 2014  |  6:43 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
It's the clearest and easiest text to compare textual differences between NT translations. I suggest to buy it whenever you want to understand why NIV (or whatever) reads differently from KJV (or whatever). Without deep understanding of greek, and without wasting precious time.

As an example, in Jude 22-23 you find how many different ways you can interpret the passage about mercy and fear - precious to know it
December 4, 2011  | 10:43 AM  |  Fantastic (5)
Comfort's textual commentary provides an excellent introduction to textual criticism issues in the New Testament. It is my first stop when confronted by a variant (even before Metzger's excellent commentary). This commentary is logically laid out, provides just enough information in each discussion without overwhelming, and deals with the translation of each variant in a variety of English translations. Additionally, the introductory articles are great introductions for a pastor or lay-person unfamiliar with textual criticism.
November 19, 2011  |  2:15 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This is a very approachable discussion of major NT textual variants and would be useful for a pastor/teacher who doesn't know Greek but wants to understand the reasons behind translation differences. It also has lots of good information for people who do know Greek (I actually use it as my primary "apparatus" of sorts if I don't have my printed NA27 with me.) Although it's somewhat similar in concept to the Metzger textual commentary, the Comfort volume is more comprehensive and definitely the one I'd recommend if you can only get one.
November 11, 2011  |  8:04 AM  |  Fantastic (5)
The Comfort New Testament Text and Translation Commentary is a very specialize resource. The focus is on variant readings in the Greek New Testament that are significant for Bible interpretation and translation. The commentary has some interesting introductory and appendix articles, but really focuses primarily on the textual variants in the NT. The articles for each verse with a variant are structured to show the variants between the Greek texts, the translations that follow which variants and then commentary regarding the variants.
I find the structure of the commentary very easy to follow and very useful as a first or second look at textual differences. This resource is much easier to read and understand for those not trained in textual criticism than an apparatus. The other commentary offered by Accordance that is similar in nature is Metzger’s Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. It is more concise and does not include information as to which translations follow ...
The Comfort New Testament Text and Translation Commentary is a very specialize resource. The focus is on variant readings in the Greek New Testament that are significant for Bible interpretation and translation. The commentary has some interesting introductory and appendix articles, but really focuses primarily on the textual variants in the NT. The articles for each verse with a variant are structured to show the variants between the Greek texts, the translations that follow which variants and then commentary regarding the variants.
I find the structure of the commentary very easy to follow and very useful as a first or second look at textual differences. This resource is much easier to read and understand for those not trained in textual criticism than an apparatus. The other commentary offered by Accordance that is similar in nature is Metzger’s Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. It is more concise and does not include information as to which translations follow which variant. I prefer the Comfort Commentary in most instances because of the additional detail provided.
When it comes to Textual Criticism, Accordance offers many ways in which a user can approach the subject. There are at least two excellent apparatus, the actual manuscripts, texts from various codex and more. With the new, as of November 2011, interlinear features, these tools become really effective. As to this particular commentary, the user needs to determine to what extent they are going to jump into textual critical issues. The commentary is very useful for those that want summarized information to answer why certain translations may have significant differences or as a starting point for further study. For those interested in textual criticism, the CNTTS apparatus along with several codex texts and manuscripts would be the better approach.
For my use, the Comfort New Testament Text and Translation Commentary is a great tool for initial textual variant study. It is useful for the layperson, pastor as well as scholar as it is much easier to read and understand than an apparatus. I think it is a great addition to most libraries.
November 10, 2011  | 12:46 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This module is a MUST if you are in Biblical studies. Comfort works very well with the CNTTS Apparatus, as it summarizes textual variants and translation choices, and is an indispensable tool in textual criticism. I have been VERY pleased with this module!