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The New Testament Bible, Lattimore

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Richmond Lattimore, among the most distinguished translators of the Greek classics, concluded late in his life one of his most ambitious projects - a complete translation of the "New Testament." This" New Testamen"t is itself a classic of another kind - the words of the gospel and the apostles presented for the modern reader in fresh English by a writer without pretensions ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 30th 1997 by North Point Press (first published January 1st 1881)
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Zelda
Aug 18, 2014 Zelda rated it it was amazing
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People get nervous when they found out that an atheist is reading the New Testament. The (admittedly safe) assumption is that the atheist is engaging in the sport of hunting down textual inconsistencies to use as cannon fodder for future debates with Christians.

If you're an atheist looking to do this, let me gently steer you away from this course. Here's why: Christians already know. They are aware that there are significant and often troubling inconsistencies. I assure you that they have peopl
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Johnny
Oct 26, 2007 Johnny rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite translation (Richard Lattimore) of the new testament. The author translates from the original Greek text, with the intentions of being true to the original text, and readable to modern readers. Most new testaments are translations of translations, with every translator inserting and insinuating his or her own biases. If what you are after is what the texts originally said, I think this is your best bet.

Of the Lattimore I have read the Gospels, the Acts, and the Revelation. I'
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Rick Davis
Oct 08, 2012 Rick Davis rated it it was amazing
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This was a fantastic translation of the New Testament. I was both excited and a bit doubtful when I began reading it. Lattimore was a master of Classical Greek and produced definitive translations of both the Iliad and the Odyssey; however, he was not known as a scholar of Koine Greek, the Greek in which the New Testament was written. Overall, I think this actually works in his favor to an extent. The fact that certain phrases which readers of the New Testament take for granted are given a sligh ...more
Doug May
Nov 28, 2009 Doug May rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct blessing to be handed one of these by a Billy Graham worker while I attended the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis Indiana. The Living translation incorporated testimonies of athletes including distance runner Frank Shorter that influenced me. It was my first encounter of a translation in a language I could easily grasp. Over a period of months the book transformed my life until finally I was baptized and professed Jesus Christ as my savior. The rest is history to the present when ...more
People say my name should be Jeff
I'm reading the KJV, the 1611 KJV, the Tynsdale, and the NIV. This is BY FAR the best translation. I love that he doesn't have the pretension of being a biblical scholar. He's just a classicist who wanted to use his knowledge of Greek to do a translation true to the greek. I think that he succeeded marvelously.
Thomas
Jan 29, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
About the highest accolade that can be given a translator is that the reader can hear the original in the translation. This is true of Lattimore's translation of the NT. He does not sweeten the text to sound more pleasant to modern ears, and he does not cut sentences with multiple dependent clauses into more easily digestible sentences.

For example, where the Greek says doulos he translates "slave," because that is what the Greek word means. (The fact that slavery as an institution had a differe
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Matt Fox
Feb 16, 2008 Matt Fox rated it liked it
Because of my short classics background, I trust Lattimore's translation of texts in ancient Greek more than any other translator, since his are the most accurate. The result shows the beauty of the New Testament unfettered by flowerly phrasings and pomp that other translations feel the need to use in order to elevate the words (or Word) into pomp. The pure, simple language is still beautiful and makes reading the New Testament a complete joy. I wish Lattimore knew Hebrew--I would love to have s ...more
Matthew Hundley
Feb 17, 2014 Matthew Hundley rated it it was amazing
I came across the Lattimore translation of the New Testament in a Borders in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Presented in standard book form (no chapter and verse references other than the top of the page) and from the vantage point of one translator (not a committee of scholars). Later in seminary while studying Greek I gained a new respect for Lattimores ability to capture the voices of the authors. A must have for any student of God's word.
Jodi
Feb 21, 2013 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Lattimore's translation of the New Testament is refreshingly free of an agenda; his goal was to give a coherent, faithful translation of the Greek. As a result, he has created some interesting issues for those whose theology relies on literalism; most will probably go back to those translations made by religious publishers. Intellectual honesty, though, should compel those who struggle with their Christian orientation to read this translation. I found it actually clarified some issues for me.
T Hamboyan Harrison
Dec 26, 2011 T Hamboyan Harrison rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite translation of the New Testament. Lattimore accomplishes what all good translators attempt but few truly accomplish: to create a translation that is faithful to the original while transferring the power and intensity into the new language.

In this translation, narratives read like narratives. Letters read like letters. This translation is powerful and accessible.
Michael
Dec 22, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
a brilliant and valuable translation of the New testament. highly recommended
Douglas Wilson
Mar 03, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
Scripture. Finished reading the second time in October 2012.
Laura Lee
Sep 14, 2011 Laura Lee marked it as reference
Shelves: the-bible
Not a breeze through it kind of book. It's on my shelf to refer to.
vittore paleni
Jan 13, 2017 vittore paleni rated it really liked it
A refreshing translation from a famed and accomplished classicist. Although one would have hoped for more notes in the back explaining his decisions.

Allen Johnson
Sep 07, 2014 Allen Johnson rated it it was amazing
Ugh. Brilliant translation. Completely captivating
Mary Johnson
This was an amazing translation, it was especially good for better understanding the translation from Greek to English
Neil Gussman
The best translation I have read. Each writer sounds different, not the homogenized text of translation by committee.
Patrick
Apr 06, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of the Bible, but Lattimore provides a clear translation which gives a real sense of the Greek text, unencumbered by thousands of years of theology. (Stars are for the translation.)
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