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

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


By (author) Willis Barnstone

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 1504 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 53mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039306493X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393064933
  • Edition statement: REV.
  • Sales rank: 342,180

Product description

In his monumental new translation and restructuring of the New Testament, Willis Barnstone, the distinguished literary translator, prize-winning poet and biblical scholar, has sought to rediscover the character of the Bible. His translation is fresh and faithful, seeking to bring back the plain, lyrical, narrative speech of the original Greek. Barnstone has restored the original Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew forms of names (Markos for Mark, Yeshua for Jesus, Galil for Galilee), revealing the Greco-Jewish identity of key biblical figures and their geography. He treats the text as a work of literature, invoking historical and biblical scholarship to revise the canonical selection and traditional sequence of texts. Heavily annotated and including a general study and thorough introductions to each book, "The Restored New Testament" gives a pioneering and powerful literary version of scripture.

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Author information

Willis Barnstone is a poet, translator and religious scholar. The author of The Gnostic Bible and The Other Bible and the former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is at the Institute for Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University.

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This heroic enterprise, an expansive single-handed edition of the New Testament, is a substantial addition to the sixty-odd publications of the poet and translator Willis Barnstone. --Frank Kermode"

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Praise for The Restored New Testament Barnstone s new English version of the core texts of Christian scripture is almost startling in its freshness. Scraping away many centuries of stylistic fussiness and supersessionist distortion, he gives us a set of Gospel narratives that are bold and direct in their simplicity and that show how steeped the first Christians were in the Jewish world from which they derived. Robert Alter Willis Barnstone s The Restored New Testament is both an eloquent, fresh translation of the Four Gospels and of Revelation, and also a superb act of restoration, in which these Christian scriptures are returned to their Judaic origins and context. The introductory material is wise and poignant, and makes an authentic contribution to the common reader s understanding of the Gospels. Harold Bloom Willis Barnstone s The Restored New Testament is breathtaking, new, astounding. It is a courageous, a daring book; but, by some magic, it appears not nouveau and experimental but deeply rooted and ancient. Did you think Jerome s or Tyndale s or James s Song of the Sparrows from Matthew was thrilling? Look at Barnstone s. Or look at his version of Paul s heartbreaking lines of love in Corinthians 13. If Barnstone, through a long life of poetry, translation, story, and memoir, in language after language, had nothing else but this book, it would be a lifetime of extraordinary achievement. We are blessed by it. Gerald Stern Much will always remain obscure about the humane and undogmatic rabbi Yeshua, who may or may not have aspired to be his people s prophesied Messiah. Indeed, there is no uncontested evidence that he ever lived. Nevertheless, he is the protagonist of narratives as powerful as The Iliad in their quite opposite spirit. What we learn from Willis Barnstone is that the gentle teacher who can still be discerned in those stories had little in common with the man-god whose cult, over two millennia, has licensed the persecution of Yeshua's own folk. The always amazing Barnstone has outdone even himself in this beautiful, scholarly, yet profoundly subversive book. Frederick Crews"