8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The finest of introductions,
This review is from: New Testament Greek Primer (Paperback)
I'm now in my third year of teaching introduction to Biblical Greek using Gerald Stevens Greek Primer, and it does not disappoint. The material is logically presented in a clear and concise manner, as opposed to some other grammars that are far too wordy and over-explain things.
The book contains 5 appendix chapters on English grammar which I start with every year with great success. One of the best things for cash strapped students is that the exercises are right in the textbook! No need to purchase a second workbook.
Are there things that can be improved upon? Sure, no book is perfect. I think a few more exercise sentences would be a good thing, and I'd like to see at least an appendix chapter dealing with the issue of verbal aspect, and perhaps another one discussing the use of Biblical Greek in ministry (using a lexicon, etc). Lastly, I think most introductory grammars underestimate the confusion surrounding Greek pronouns for students, and this is no exception. Pronouns are presented well, better than most grammars, but I think could be improved even more.
One final good thing about this textbook is that there are flashcards keyed to this textbook for pretty much every platform--Mac, PC, iPhone, Palm and web-based. Students will definitely benefit from that.
Hats off to Dr. Koine on what I believe is the best introductory grammar out there.