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The Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas
Barnstone, Willis

New York: Norton, 2009 pp. xviii + 1485. $59.95


Description: From acclaimed scholar Willis Barnstone, The Restored New Testamentónewly translated from the Greek and informed by Semitic sources. For the first time since the King James Version in 1611, Willis Barnstone has given us an amazing literary and historical version of the New Testament. Barnstone preserves the original song of the Bible, rendering a large part in poetry and the epic Revelation in incantatory blank verse. This monumental translation is the first to restore the original Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew names (Markos for Mark, Yeshua for Jesus), thereby revealing the Greco-Jewish identity of biblical people and places. Citing historical and biblical scholarship, he changes the sequence of texts and adds three seminal Gnostic gospels. Each book has elegant introductions and is thoroughly annotated. With its superlative writing and lyrical wisdom, The Restored New Testament is a magnicent biblical translation for our age. .

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature

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Review by Sean Kealy
Published 7/10/2010
Citation: Sean Kealy, review of Willis Barnstone, The Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


Review by Marvin J. Hudson
Published 7/3/2011
Citation: Marvin J. Hudson, review of Willis Barnstone, The Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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