The New Testament

Richmond A. Lattimore

North Point Press



Trade Paperback

608 Pages



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Richard Lattimore, among the most distinguished translators of the Greek classics, concluded late in his life one of his most ambitious projects—a complete translation of the New Testament. Published in its entirety for the first time in 1996, this New Testament is itself a classic of another kind—the words of the gospel and the apostles presented for the modern reader in fresh English by a writer without pretensions as a biblical scholar, who was an authority on the Greek language in which these texts have come down to us. The New York Times hailed the first volume as "an achievement that places us more deeply in Lattimore's debt than any other in a long and diligent career."

Lattimore aim was to provide a simple, literal rendering in which the syntax and order of the Greek dictate the character of the English style. He lets the words of the apostles and early disciples speak for themselves with an accuracy and fidelity to the original language that is a gift to today's reader.


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Richmond Lattimore, whose rerings of the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, the odes of Pindar, and the plays of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes set new standards for Greek translations, was for many years Professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr. His honors include awards from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Council of Learned Societies. He died in 1984.
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  • Richmond A. Lattimore

  • Richmond Lattimore, whose renderings of the classics set new standards for Greek translations, was for many years professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College. He died in 1984.