From the Publisher
"The importance of Lattimore's skill and careful work and of his highly-informed literary sense is that you do indeed come away with a new and strong sense of who the reporters are. And when you know that, it expands the meaning of the Story."Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
"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
This volume offers the complete translation of the New Testament, previously published in two paperback volumes (The Four Gospels and the Revelation, 1962, 1979; Acts and Letters of the Apostles, 1982) by the well-known translator of the Greek classics, who died in 1984. More formal than attractive, Lattimore's translation is not really that different from the Revised Standard Version. Although verse numbers are indicated at the top of each page, the body of the text remains unnumbered, so that one feels one is reading a narrative, the way the text was originally presented, and not a hallowed volume that has been canonized. Although literal-with masculine terms for God-the rendition is smooth and gives a sense of the Greek style. Notes (limited to questions of translation) are kept to a minimum and relegated to the back. Recommended for all libraries.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.