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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Bilingual edition (November 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Why hasn’t anybody ever written a little book like this before? First-year Greek students should read it. Exegesis students should read it. Preachers who have had a year or two of Greek should read it. And it’s so short and straightforward, the same person should read it in all three capacities. Do what Con Campbell says and you will keep your Greek. But don’t just believe him; read the exchanges from his blogsite which he includes that prove it!” -- Craig L. Blomberg, PhD

About the Author

Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative, Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs, Not Ashamed, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, and Keep Your Greek. Dr Campbell is a public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in Chicago.

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Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative, Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs, Not Ashamed, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, and Keep Your Greek. Dr Campbell is a public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in Chicago.

Customer Reviews

And your Greek, if you ever studied the language.
Michael Lewis
In short, I believe this will be a helpful resource to keep around for a long time.
Jonathan
This book was full of good advice, and I definitely recommend it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray F Van Neste on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This little book is the best thing I know of for encouragement and advice for how to maintain and increase your ability to read and use Greek. I almost can't say too much good about this book- and it would make a great gift! As Greek teacher, I know encourage all my students to get this book.

One of the real challenges, of course, in preparation for ministry is, having taken Greek, to maintain Greek information and skills in the daily grind of ministry. In brief fashion Campbell covers key advice I have heard previously and more points I had not heard or thought of before. I really wish I had received this book 20 years ago and now hope all my students will get it. Campbell's key points are:

- Ready every day
- Burn your interlinear
- Use software tools wisely (don't jump to help too quickly)
- Make vocabulary your friend
- Practice your parsing
- Read fast
- Read slow (so vary your reading)
- Use your senses (sight, hearing, etc.)

Of course a simple list does not capture the power of the book. One great strength is Campbell's tone and approach. He is very realistic. It would be easy to suggest more work than anyone could do. Campbell's ideas though obviously emerge from the real life of his own practice and of encouraging others. Also, his breezy, encouraging tone is helpful. He will give the firm exhortation, but he typically comes across as a chief encourager.

Brevity is also a strength here. You don't get bogged down in this book. I loved reading the book and came away from it deeply encouraged and motivated.

This is great content in the right tone, at the right size and right price. It is the best thing around on this important topic. Read and be encouraged in your own wrestling with the New Testament as it was originally given.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Anglea on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a Greek instructor, I'm always looking for ways to help my students retain their Greek knowledge. Ok, let's be honest. I'm always looking for ways to retain my Greek knowledge too. So I was eager to read this book. Greek students and those out in ministry agree that original language study is important for helpful Biblical exegesis and exposition, but many of those in ministry's memory of Greek grammar and vocab is just that, faded memories. This book is helpful for both students wanting to keep their Greek from fading and those in ministry who desire to sharpen their memory of almost forgotten participles and pronouns.

This book began as a series of blog posts [...] back in January of 2009 and as a result the book has a very engaging, personal feel to it. The book is short (less than 100 pages) and a very quick read. I sat down with it the night I got it and finished it in less than a hour. A unique element of the book, due to the fact that it started as a series of blog posts, is that Campbell includes at the end of each chapter some of the comment conversation that the original posts received. This adds to its light, easy-to-read style.

The book consists of 10 short chapters (each only a couple of pages), a motivational appendix, and an annotated list of resources for pursuing Greek retention. Each chapter deals with one easy-to-implement principle for retaining (or regaining) your Greek.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Byrns Coleman on March 31, 2011
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It is interesting that we go to college, seminary, and graduate school to study Bible, Greek, Hebrew, and all the rest and have no plan for "keeping" what we learn. This is especailly true of the Biblical languages. Dr. Campbell has written a really needed help. However, the help comes in an interesting way. All of us as teachers of NTG and pastors who try to keep up with our Greek know just about everything he has reminded us of -- we need to read everyday, we need to continue with our flashcards and whatever else has helped us keep our vocabulary, review the paradigms and how words are formed, and the like. One very critical reviewer has said save your mone becaue the book can be summed up in a sentence: "get rid of your interlinear and read your Greek everyday." This is an oversimplication of what Dr. Campbell has attempted to do -- and, by the way, has done it very well! I read straight through -- first each big topic, then the sentence summary at the end of each chapter, the . . . and especailly here -- the Blog Responses. There are approximately 61 pages of instructions from Dr. Campbell and 27 pages of Blog Responses from readers of these great challenging-reminders. Herein lies the real help in the book -- the back-and-forth (most of the time)between Dr. campbell and his readers in the responses. Good tips on learning and a great deal of encouragement coming from those who have tried the several good tips and found them helpful. A good investment for anyone who needs helpful hints and encouragement in "keeping their Greek." Keep readingt, everyday, keep working with vocabulary learning methods, keep reviewing the paradigms and needed points of grammar and syntax -- you'll be glad down the road a piece.Read more ›
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