Comfort: 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 / October 24, 2008
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.
- Authors: Philip W. Comfort
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
- Publish Date: October 24, 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-4143–1034-3
- # of Pages: 899
- Bible Book: New Testament
- Level: Academic, Technical
- Tradition: Evangelical
- Categories: Commentaries
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Pros: This book gives a good background as to what the point of discussion is, often giving extensive commentary (e.g Lord’s Prayer variants, Longer vs. Shorter ending of Mark).
Cons: Comfort has an obvious (and open) bias towards Ancient and Egypt. The CBGM, will, no doubt, challenge a number of his claims. Further, his citation of versional support is not reliable. It seems pretty clear that Comfort must not know these versional languages. For there are times when he mis-cites the evidence (cf. his mis-citation of the Peshitta and Bobiensis at Matt 6:13). And there are times when he omits evidence (cf. Luke 9:35, where he includes Sinaitic Syriac as support for “chosen” (ܓܒܝܐ). But then, he omits the evidence from the Peshitta and the Curetonian Syriac for the alternate reading “Beloved” (ܚܰܒ݁ܺܝܒ݂ܳܐ).
Summary: Comfort is useful for getting a starting point as to the main variant units and the context as to why these variations might be important. However, his apparent lack of being able to read the versions he cites is a real detriment to his commentary.
(verified owner) Ukfraser
Another gem. I think for many the descision will be to with either this or the metzger volume. I decided to choose one and have found this particular volume to be ideal for my needs. It is clear and very well organised and structured. The notes are well written and it is particularly helpful to me as i know many in my congragations use a multitude of translations.
This (or metzger) is another of those resources that should be in everyones library if you are predominately reading an english translation.