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Lattimore's aim was to provide a simple literal rendering in which the syntax and order of the Greek dictate the character of the English style. He let the words of the Apostles and early disciplines speak for themselves with an accuracy and fidelity to the original language that is a gift to today's reader.
"Without the gaudy beauties of the King James version or the overly hip sound of some modern editions, Lattimore's New Testament possesses an austere, moving plainness, a willingness to shape long sentences, and an admirable clarity."—The Washington Post Book World
"The important news is that Mr. Lattimore has provided a... self-consistent, personal, sanely literal version of the four texts most central to our tragic history. He has avoided the twin shoals of caprice and ego, and his dedication to the line of the originals has produced an air of solidity and reliability often missing from single efforts."—Reynolds Price
"An impressive, scholarly new version by the eminent translator."—The New York Times Book Review