Update on Acts of Pilate: A Greek Reader

ActaPilati-sample-001
Sample excerpt

We hope to publish Rick Brannan’s The Acts of Pilate and the Descent of Christ to Hades: A Greek Reader in August, 2018. It will be the second volume released in the Appian Way Greek Readers series. It is projected to be a 155 page volume with a low price of $9.95.

Like the inaugural volume in the Appian Way Greek Readers series, the Acts of Pilate Greek reader will have the following features:

  • Greek Text: The Greek text of Tischendorf’s Acts of Pilate A and the Greek text of Tischendorf’s The Descent of Christ to Hades.
  • Reading Notes: Every word that occurs 20x or fewer in the Greek New Testament is noted with the form in the text, the lemma or dictionary form of the word, the part of speech, the number of NT instances, and a short gloss.
  • Section Heads: Section headings in English are inserted in both the Greek text and the English translation.
  • Intertextual Notes: Most quotations and obvious allusions have notes (in the Greek text) referring the reader to the related biblical text.
  • English Text: A lightly revised and modernized translation of these documents from Schaff’s Ante-Nicene Fathers volume 8 is also included.
  • Greek-English Glossary: A glossary of all footnoted terms is provided with glosses and all instances of the word in the Acts of Pilate and the Descent of Christ to Hades noted.

The book is almost ready! We’re reviewing the text one last time and working on the cover design. When those tasks are complete, then the book will be finalized and made available on Amazon.

Please help spread the word. We hope these readers help people focused on the Greek New Testament to expand their ability with the text and become more capable with the language.

Also, as with every Appian Way Press book, all proceeds from book sales go straight to the Brannan Adoption fund to cover costs incurred during the adoption of their third child in 2017. Adoption is expensive, and payment can be stretched out for years. Every little bit, even the small royalty from Amazon from these books, helps. Thanks for your support!

What’s next for the Appian Way Press?

AppianWayPressThis is a very good question.

We’d hoped to publish the Second Timothy volume in Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, but Rick’s progress on that has been slow due to lots of life changes with a new son. It means Rick doesn’t have much extended time to spend researching and writing that volume, and its production has lagged.

So Rick has been looking for a project he could make progress on with random spots of time, usually not more than 90 minutes or so. He thinks he’s found something to fit that bill.

In researching and writing a new introduction and translation to the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John for volume two of Burke and Landau’s New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Rick prepared an edition of Tischendorf’s Greek version of the document. The vocabulary is mostly also found in the New Testament. It is not short (28 chapters, around 3,000 words) but not long. He also followed the now standard versification (not in Tischendorf) and added morphological, lexical, and gloss information.

While this is very preliminary and may change, we thought folks would like to know that Rick is planning on creating a reader’s edition of the Greek text he prepared. It will probably be a slim volume (smaller than the normal 6×9), between 50–70 pages with all NT words occuring 20 times or less (maybe 30 times or less?) as well as all non-NT words, footnoted with grammatical information, lexical information, and glosses. When complete, it will be published in print at a reasonable price ($7.95? $9.95?) by the Appian Way Press.

If this proves useful, we will evaluate producing readers of other material (likely apocryphal/noncanonical gospels) in similar format.

Would such volumes be interesting to you? Please let us know, and please spread the word. Thanks!