William Baxter Godbey

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Title: Translation of the New Testament / from the Original Greek. By Rev. W. B. Godbey, A. M.
Date: 1902(?)
Publisher: Cincinnati OH (U.S.A.): M. W. Knapp, Office of God's Revivalist
Contents: New Testament
References: Chamberlin 566-5; Hills 2142, Taliaferro-BVE CN00131, Taliaferro-EELBV 7675.
Images: Title page
Facsimile: Facsimile available at archives.org


Title: Translation of The New Testament / From the / Original Greek. By / Rev. W[illiam] B[axter] Godbey, A.M.
Date: Reprint, no date. c. 1980 (prior to 1993)
Publisher: Salem OH (U.S.A.): Schmul Publishing Co. - Wesleyan Book Club / Westminster CO (U.S.A.): A KPOF Christian Classic Reprint / Belleview College
Contents: New Testament in traditional canon, but see below for details. – Prologue (3 pp); Synopsis of the Harmony (6 pp.). – Appendix: Apologue (2 pp).
References: Chamberlin see 566-5; Hills see 2142, Taliaferro-BVE see CN00131, Taliaferro-EELBV see 7675.
Images: Cover, Title page
Location: Collection Bibelarchiv–Birnbaum. Karlsruhe/ Baden, Germany

Comments: The Gospels are arranged as a synoptical harmony, with the Gospel of John included; Scripture text of Synopsis arranged in one to four columns and set paragraph–wise with superscriptions. Cross references and alternate readings in footnotes. Acts, Letters and Revelation in single column with footnotes. No introductions.

In the Prologue, with no date nor location given unfortunately, the author reveals which Novum Testamentum Graece he used as a base text for his translation:
»(…) the Lord permitted a copy of the critical Greek Testament, founded on the Sinaic manuscript, by Tischendorf, to reach me. I have been reading it ever since. I supposed it has never been published out of Germany. Since the death of Tischendorf, Westcott and Hort have published his Testament under their own names. I have been reading the New testament in Greek more than forty years; during the last twenty–five years making no use of any other. (…) I have neither the desire nor the expectation that this translation shall supersede your good old English Bible; but like the Revised Version and other translations, help to understand it. It is said that two thousand mistakes are found in the English Version, of which nine hundred and four are corrected in the Revised Version. (…)«

Rev. William Baxter Godbey, D.D. (* nr. Somerset, Pulaski County, KY (U.S.A.) June 3, 1833 † Sept. 12, 1920 Cincinnatti OH (U.S.A.)) was a leading figure of the holiness movement within the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and inter-denominationally.


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