This volume represents the best edition of Westcott and Hort’s classic text. According to Bruce M. Metzger, the Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament was “the most noteworthy critical edition of the Greek Testament ever produced by British scholarship.” They presented the oldest and purest text attainable with the means of information available in their day, took and refined the then-nascent critical methodology, and applied it to the various texts, producing the classification system that’s still in use today. Their evaluation of the various texts and text families, almost unchanged, is still accepted. This text, published in 1881, is the first modern critical text and, as such, the ancestor of the Nestle-Aland and United Bible Society texts. It is of use to those interested in the history of textual scholarship and those who do serious critical work. This particular edition of the 1881 Westcott and Hort text contains morphological analysis and has been thoroughly reviewed and corrected against the various print editions.
For more classic critical editions of the Greek New Testament, check out Tischendorf's Greek New Testament and the Von Soden Greek New Testament (4 vols.).
Matthew 5:2–11: καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς λέγων, ΜΑΚΑΡΙΟΙ οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται. …
Matthew 6:8–15: μὴ οὖν ὁμοιωθῆτε αὐτοῖς, οἶδεν γὰρ [ὁ θεὸς] ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὧν χρείαν ἔχετε πρὸ τοῦ ὑμᾶς αἰτῆσαι αὐτόν. Οὕτως οὖν προσεύχεσθε ὑμεῖς Πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς· Ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου, ἐλθάτω ἡ βασιλεία σου, γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου, ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς· …
Matthew 11:28–30: Δεῦτε πρός με πάντες οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι, κἀγὼ ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς. ἄρατε τὸν ζυγόν μου ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς καὶ μάθετε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι πραΰς εἰμι καὶ ταπεινὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ, καὶ εὑρήσετε ἀνάπαυσιν ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν· ὁ γὰρ ζυγός μου χρηστὸς καὶ τὸ φορτίον μου ἐλαφρόν ἐστιν.
Romans 10:17: ἄρα ἡ πίστις ἐξ ἀκοῆς, ἡ δὲ ἀκοὴ διὰ ῥήματος Χριστοῦ.
Romans 12:1: Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ θεοῦ παραστῆσαι τὰ σώματα ὑμῶν θυσίαν ζῶσαν ἁγίαν τῷ θεῷ εὐάρεστον, τὴν λογικὴν λατρείαν ὑμῶν·
Colossians 1:22: νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου, παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ,
1 Peter 4:4: ἐν ᾧ ξενίζονται μὴ συντρεχόντων ὑμῶν εἰς τὴν αὐτὴν τῆς ἀσωτίας ἀνάχυσιν, βλασφημοῦντες·
2 Peter 2:1: Ἐγένοντο δὲ καὶ ψευδοπροφῆται ἐν τῷ λαῷ, ὡς καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν ἔσονται ψευδοδιδάσκαλοι, οἵτινες παρεισάξουσιν αἱρέσεις ἀπωλείας, καὶ τὸν ἀγοράσαντα αὐτοὺς δεσπότην ἀρνούμενοι, ἐπάγοντες ἑαυτοῖς ταχινὴν ἀπώλειαν·
1 John 2:1–2: Τεκνία μου, ταῦτα γράφω ὑμῖν ἵνα μὴ ἁμάρτητε. καὶ ἐάν τις ἁμάρτῃ, παράκλητον ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν δίκαιον, καὶ αὐτὸς ἱλασμός ἐστιν περὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, οὐ περὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων δὲ μόνον ἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ ὅλου τοῦ κόσμου.
1 John 4:4: Ὑμεῖς ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστέ, τεκνία, καὶ νενικήκατε αὐτούς, ὅτι μείζων ἐστὶν ὁ ἐν ὑμῖν ἢ ὁ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ·
Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892) was the Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is most famous for his work in the Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, written with Brooke Foss Westcott. He is also the author of Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, The Apocalypse of St. John: The Greek Text with Introduction, Commentary and Notes, and Six Lectures on the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) was a biblical scholar, theologian, and regius professor of divinity of Trinity College, Cambridge. He also served as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death. Westcott studied at Trinity College in Cambridge where he graduated in 1848. In 1849, he obtained a fellowship at Trinity and was ordained deacon and priest. He received honorary degrees from Oxford in 1881 and Edinburgh in 1883. In 1890, he became the bishop of Durham. He has authored several works, including Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, A General View of the History of the English Bible, Introduction to the Study of the Gospels with Historical and Explanatory Notes, and Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.