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Learn to Read New Testament Greek Third Edition
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(P.S. Broadman and Holman's printing company did a terrible job in the binding of this book. Almost everyone I know who owns this book has had the pages separate from the binding within a few months. Be prepared to glue it back together!)
This NT Greek grammar is reasonably concise and yet always provides sufficient information for the student to grasp the matter at hand. Compared to "The Basics of Biblical Greek", this grammar does a better job of introducing the student to the syntax (on an elementary level)of the New Testament with clearer explanations of grammatical terminology.
This is an excellent text for a professor to adopt, but it is also highly recommended as a supplement to those who are using Mounce's work. If the student is having difficulty grasping the grammatical point that Mounce is discussing, it is very likely that turning to Black's grammar will clear up the matter. Additionally, Black has an excellent selection of exercises with a complete answer key to the first seventeen chapters as an appendix to the book.
Additional illustrations are judiciously placed throughout the grammar. For example, on the crucial issue of mastering Participles, Black offers 34 sentences with translation in the body of the text.
This is a "must have" resource for first year Koine Greek students - and is well worth a second look by instructors who have chosen other texts.
I have looked extensively at a couple of the other popular beginning Greek grammars although I won't be doing any direct comparisons.
Regarding the aesthetics, the hardcover is very sturdy in addition to being very appealing to look at. The black cover is a nice tie-in to the author's last name. The paper is high quality, crisp and white which takes to a highlighter very well. The conjugations are in gray shaded boxes which helps them stand out and makes them easy to locate when wanting to go back and review them. The only thing I don't like is that the font chosen for the Greek is a little less formal than what most of us are used to seeing which takes a little while to get used to.
In a word this book is efficient. There are no chapter overviews, introductions, summaries, what you'll learn in the next chapter, etc. which is usually annoying anyway. The author gets right down to business in each chapter. Each of the 26 chapters are short enough that you don't need those things.
This doesn't mean the book's information is skimpy. You will learn a lot of the important terms so that when you read a more technical Bible commentary or read what others write about Greek, you will have learned or at least have a reference for the terms at the beginning level which are explained well.
The exercises for the first 17 chapters of the book are made-up sentences in Greek that the student translates. All of the words in the sentences are from vocabulary that has been learned previously in the book.
Starting in chapter 18, Bible verses are used for the exercises.Read more ›
Some of the letters within the text aren't representative of the Greek letters (an h for a lower case eta, for example). At the points where one is to read a paragraph of Greek text for practice, the text is very small and the letters are not clear. Increasing the Kindle text size only increases the size of the English text, not the representative Greek texts to be read for practice, so I found the Greek text to be unreadable.
If you're considering purchasing this as a Kindle download, try the sample first to see whether it will be of use to you. I have the original Kindle; I have no idea if it will work better on the new one or on one of the smartphone apps.
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Well done for a beginner. Get the workbook that goes with it and that helps reinforce the textbook content.Published 17 days ago by Lloyd Wright
My version, purchased for $2.99 on special and listed under ASIN: B003WEA4WA allows you to click on the images to enlarge them full screen, although as noted, pinching to enlarge... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I used this for my Greek class and found it helpful. The method the author uses makes Greek a little easier to learn. It is well written and very clear. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AaronBatdorf
Timely delivery, Excellent packaging, Item in Great condition.Published 2 months ago by Muriel P. Parker
I have been using this book to teach myself Greek for the last 6 months, and this book is an excellent book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PensFan
The kindle book doesn't work out so well. When I enlarge the text, only the English re-sizes and not the Greek text. The Greek text starts off way too small to begin with!Published 5 months ago by Jeff Howe
This is a very helpful introduction to New Testament Greek if you do not have access to a teacher or a professor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shivkumar C Muthukumar
Extremely intuitive introductory Greek grammar. Black's approach prepared me for Greek 2. A couple of downsides: (1) contrary to Mounce's grammar, the early chapters' practice... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brad Mills