Readers’ Greek New Testament for Kindle (and Hebrew Bibles, Too)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I write this I only know of two.  My preferred version is the first pictured. It is actually a Kindle conversion of The Greek New Testament for Begining Readers, which is the Maurice Robinson William Pierpoint Byzantine/Majority Text 2005, with lexical and parsing information for words occurring less than fifty times compiled by John Jeffrey Dodson. It has been converted for Kindle by Osnova.com, the best Christian ebook supplier, famed for their excellent products for Kindle, Nook, and now, Kobo.

“Beginner” is a bit of a misnomer, actually, as the person who will get the most out of this book is someone with a year or more Biblical Greek under their belt, who wants to improve or maintain their Greek. True beginners might do better to try another RP Byzantine Greek NT product, The Essential Greek New Testament for the Absolute Beginner, which is an interlinear Greek/English New Testament that defines every word more fully than Beginner, has parsing, and includes flash cards for 1000 common Greek words.

Osnova.com provides two more technical Greek New Testaments as well. The Robinson/Pierpoint Byzantine Majority Text 2005 is the Greek text alone with textual critical variants noted in hyperlinks. The SBL Greek New Testament is the most traditional looking GNT of the lot, a scholary technical edition including symbols in the texts and variant readings in hyperlinks on the verse numbers. It compiles variants from four previous GNTs and was edited by textual critic Michael Holmes. And it’s free, by the way.

There are also Hebrew Bibles aka the Tanakh available. Miklal Sotware offers a straight Hebrew Bible for Kindle and Nook, or a Hebrew English interlinear using the 1917 JPS English translation. Both come with a comprehensive Hebrew and Aramaic glossary for vocabulary study.

Now for the fine print. All these editions are only available from their publishers’ websites (because Amazon claims font difficulties), meaning you must download them to your computer and transfer to your Kindle. eInk Kindles (Kindle 4, Touch, and Keyboard) handle the Greek font fine. Kindle Fire apparently requires that you change your typeface to Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial for the Greek to display properly. The Hebrew bibles do not allow font enlarging because they are work arounds to Kindle font limitations.

Oh, and while there are a mumber of Biblical Greek textbooks available for Kindle, the only one I haven’t seen complaints about is Read It in Greek, but I can testify that it has font resizing limitations because the Greek charts are images, not texts, a problems all the textbooks seem to suffer from.

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