The Epistle to the Hebrews

Beta-Version Now Available

Above is a free pdf of the first half of the commentary, constructed Pharr-style and outfitted with some new additions (Index of Names and Places and an Expanded Dictionary). This is presented together with a running vocabularly of the whole work. To address the issue of a somewhat outdated text (it is Westcott and Hort’s in the public domain), I have, for easy reference, made a list of all signficant deviations from the most up-to-date scholarly text (NA-28/UBS5), a prototype of which is included in the beta-version.

The references throughout are to the commentary of Brooke Foss Westcott (noted ‘W.’), available here for download as well as to the four volumes of the monumental Grammar of Moulton (or Moulton-Turner, labeled according to volume, i.e., I, II, III, IV), as well as Smyth’s Greek Grammar (on Perseus). Another useful commentary in the public domain is that of James Moffat, available here. With the next version will come a complete glossary for the abbreviations etc.

I hope to have a complete beta-version of the commentary (including about 60 pages of select Catena from the Greek patristic writers also with commentary) available by the end of this month and in paperback by the end of September. Please share with friends and colleagues so that more people can enjoy the Greek New Testament in the original language!

(N.B. This commentary is pedagogically oriented towards learning Greek, and thus not, in the first place, exegetical or in any case exhaustive. Some mixture of these elements (i.e., the pedagogical and exegetical) is of course inevitable, but the goals are distinct).

I have uploaded this early version to sollicit comments and (constructive) criticism. Please send all questions and corrections to me at my email (my name as in the url All suggestions and questions are welcome.

I am currently working on Plato’s Timaeus (part I) and a truly introductory Greek reader based on John’s Epistles (and eventually the gospel, it is hoped). Thanks in advance for your support!

But as it is, they desire a greater land, a heavenly one. Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called of them God, since he had built for them a city.

The Epistle to the Hebrews, xi. 16
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