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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 28, 2009
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“One factor that makes Basics of Biblical Greek a superior textbook for teaching the elements of Greek is the additional resources that are available to accompany the textbook. I have found that for students learning Greek for the first time the companion resources become essential tools for learning. Additional resources such as the workbook, vocabulary cards, pronunciation assistance, laminated study guide, and free mini-lectures by Bill Mounce---just to name a few---support what I am doing in the classroom.” North Park University -- Joel Willitts
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Formerly he was a preaching pastor at a church in Spokane, WA, and prior to that a professor of New Testament and director of the Greek Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also taught at Azusa Pacific University for ten years.Bill is the author of the bestselling Greek textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek, and many other resources. He was the New Testament chair of the English Standard Version translation of the Bible, and is now serving on the NIV translation committee. Robin and Bill have been married since 1983 and have three children.
Ph.D. 1981, in New Testament. Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
M.A. 1977, in Biblical Studies. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
B.A. 1975, in Biblical Studies, minor in Greek. Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1971-74.
Top Customer Reviews
The third edition of the workbook is essential to the new book, as the exercises polish one's learning ability. The grammar and workbook together provide an unbeatable combination for independent study of Biblical Greek.
Zondervan has made a handsome presentation of the material in an attractive format. While one may consider the professor's extraneous comments unnecessary fluff, some of them are quite useful, such as the Greek names of the 27 books of the New Testament, the Greek text of John 3:16, the Apostles' Creed, and practical aids such as numbers 1-20, the days of the week, and other simple expressions which might be helpful on a trip to Greece.
Professor Mounce is quite innovative, and he likes to develop his own nomenclature for different terms: for example, he likes to call the Principal Parts of a verb 'tense forms,' distinct from 'tenses' and 'tense stems.Read more ›
If you are seriously trying to learn this language though, I recommend getting the companion workbook. This book is well worth its price. The money I spent on the other cheaper books was wasted.
These are the advantages Black has over Mounce:
1) It's much cheaper. Not only is the book much cheaper than Mounce's but when you add in Mounce's workbook, the difference in price is very significant. Please note that there are no exercises at all in Mounce apart from the workbook.
2) Black's book is very nicely sized and lightweight. During the months I studied it, I carried it around with me everywhere and every time I had to wait for something, like in line at the supermarket cashier or while waiting for my wife as she performed her perennial shopping rites, out came the book. This would not have been possible with Mounce. The book is just too unwieldy; in fact, the postal service even refused to deliver the book from Amazon and I had to go pick it up! Reason given: "Large package".
3) The most important advantage Black has over Mounce is that his book is perfectly suited to the beginner. I cannot imagine how a book on Greek grammar can be simplified further without sacrificing vital content. I think Mounce is just way too difficult for the beginner. This is especially true in the second half of the book, on verbs. Verbs are the most difficult thing to learn in basic Greek and I'm afraid many beginners will drown if they try to take on Mounce.Read more ›
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I have other basic Greek grammar books. This one is definitely not for beginners although it is an excellent book for the earnest learner.Published 12 days ago by JinLong
I learned Greek using Machen's grammar from the 1920's. This beginning Greek grammar is a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Christina S. Lau
Got this for my husband. He enjoys the way it teaches and says it is good for beginners.Published 21 days ago by Miranda
Mounce's Basic of Biblical Greek: Grammar (BBG Grammar) is a great book, but it's not for everyone. I had to buy the book for an Intro to Greek class at my seminary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Byron
I borrowed a copy of the second edition from a friend and liked it enough to want to have a copy of my own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dallas B. Swoager