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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar Hardcover – August 18, 2003

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New, updated editions of the best-selling and most widely accepted textbook and workbook for learning biblical Greek William D. Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and its companion tool Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook are by far the best-selling and most widely accepted textbooks for learning New Testament Greek. These excellent tools for studying New Testament Greek are now even better. As a result of feedback from professors, the author has made adjustments to his material. For example, a chapter on clauses has been added at the end of the book. The CD-ROM is now easier to use and has even more information on it than the earlier edition. The workbook has been significantly rewritten. Nearly 50 percent of the verses are new. They are shorter and more focused on the grammar of the chapter. Features include: - Best-selling Greek language textbook - Changes from the first edition made in response to ten years of use - Grammar’s CD-ROM is easier to navigate and now includes short audio summary lectures (7-9 minutes) - An appendix in the Grammar allows professors to introduce verbs earlier in the course - Two tracks in the workbook: track one allows you to go through the book in the normal order. Track two has totally different exercises that allow you to teach verbs earlier. - Workbook has 3-hole, perforated pages

About the Author

William D Mounce (Ph.D., Aberdeen University) lives as a writer in Washougal, Washington. He is the President of BiblicalTraining.org, a non-profit organization offering world-class educational resources for discipleship in the local church. See www.BillMounce.com for more information. Formerly he was a preaching pastor, and prior to that a professor of New Testament and director of the Greek Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He 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 serving on the NIV translation committee. SPANISH BIO: William D. Mounce (PhD, Universidad de Aberdeen) reside como autor en Washougal, Washington. Es presidente de la organizacion sin animo de lucro, BiblicalTraining.org, la cual ofrece recursos educacionales de alta calidad para el discipulado en la iglesia local. El Dr. Munce fue pastor y anteriormente profesor del Nuevo Testamento y director del programa Griego en el Seminario Teologico Gordon-Conwell. Es autor del exitoso libro de texto Griego, Gramatica biblica griega y muchos otros recursos. Sirve en el comite de la version de la Biblia en ingles NIV.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 2nd edition (August 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310250870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310250876
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary Bisaga VINE VOICE on January 28, 2004
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This is an excellent NT Greek grammar. Unlike some Greek grammars (notably Hansen and Quinn's Attic grammar, one I have experience with), this is ideally suited for the self-learner. Here's why:
- Mounce tries to minimize the amount of memorization required. Greek is a difficult language, no two ways about it: but the way the material is presented can make learning easier or harder. For those of us who come at it as adults, memorization is difficult. Some grammars require massive amounts of rote memorization; Mounce takes instead the tack of giving you a number of rules to apply, then only requiring memorization where the rules don't apply. Using this method, the amount of memorization is cut dramatically, and the effort required is reduced accordingly.
- To ease the remaining memorization, Mounce includes lots of good vocabulary helps. Unfortunately, vocabulary acquisition is usually another rote memorization affair. Mounce includes either derivations or cognates in other languages (drawing in some cases on Metzger's "Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek"), or silly little memorization aids. An example of the latter is Mounce's memorable word play on the word ELPIS (="hope"): "Some people HOPE that ELVIS did not die." I think I can safely say I will never forget the meaning of ELPIS.
- In many ways (including the previous two items) Mounce includes the fruit of his years of experience as a teacher of New Testament Greek. Many books that I'm sure would be just fine when learning from a professor completely fall apart when an autodidact (like myself) attempts to use them. With this book, it's almost as good as Mounce being right there.
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I was disappointed when I had to switch teachers following my first semester of Greek. However, it was well worth it--because I switched to a class using Mr. Mounce's book: "Basics of Biblical Greek." It is excellent!
Mr. Mounce is a genius at teaching Greek. It is simple that he should re-title the book to "Greek for Dummies" (lets face it--when it comes to Greek, we're all dummies).
The text book completely divides the nouns and verbs into two semesters. As a student who spent a semester trying to do both verbs and nouns at the same time with no system like the one Mounce uses...let me tell you: this book is very helpful.
Along the way Mr. Mounce explains concepts first in how they are used in English grammar. He then teaches the Greek grammar. This was most useful to me because my English grammar is a little sub-par.
Another quality of this book that I really enjoyed were the exegetical insights at the beginning of each chapter-it is always nice to know why what you are learning is of importance.
All in all, the "Basics of Biblical Greek" is a great book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you want to learn Biblical Greek, this book is the first book you will want to get a hold of.
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If you've read "Greek for the Rest of Us" by William Mounce and decided that you really wanted to learn the basics of Biblical Greek including vocabulary then this is the book that you will want. William Mounce has a gift for taking the Greek language and making it approachable even to those who have tried before but not succeeded in learning Biblical Greek. While there are many, many grammar details to learn such as whether something is dative, nominative, accusative, genitive, active, passive, dependent, independent, etc. Mr. Mounce actually makes it interesting and finds ways to keep the student interested and feeling positive about their progress. All those grammar rules are very important in correctly interpreting the Greek texts and in understanding English translation. Sometimes there is no English equivalent for a Greek word, sometimes we can only approach a correct translation by approximating a similar word in English, but then our personal prejudices and beliefs affect the word that we choose. Understanding Greek is important to a serious level of study of New Testament writings. This book gives you the basic ability to look through a Greek text or Interlinear Translation of the Bible and understand not only what is said, but also what is actually meant but the text. This is a very highly recommended text for anyone desiring to learn Biblical Greek and one of the best books on the subject that I have ever read.
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I bought Mounce's BBG, the workbook (which is absolutely necessary) and a copy of UBS4 text in lieu of taking the class at seminary. It was $ for the class and under $ for the books. I just did the math. I wondered how far I would go. I started Dec. 26, 2002 and here I am in July 12, 2003. I am now on Chapter 33 out of 35.

I have read through - very slowly and haltingly 1 John and James and am up to Revelation 8- (this is totally on my own, but a result of trying to put into practice the principles of the book.)

Along the way I picked up some other books - Rogers and Rogers Linguistic key - basically a verse by verse parsing guide and linguistic commentary (it has lots of mistakes so you need to be careful!); Trenchard's Vocabulary Guide, and BDAG lexicon Before this, I had a GRAMCORD computer module that gives parsings for every NT word, but I had no idea what to do with it. Now I do!

Obviously I have not quit yet! So that is a good recommendation right there. The other day I had an epiphany. I read through Revelation 5 directly from the Greek text and looking up words in Trenchard in 1½ hours! I do my personal Bible reading first in the Greek text and only look at the NASB and NIV afterwards. So I feel that I have made some progress.

The book will only make you memorize 320 words or so. But remember that nouns and adjectives have 4 major cases with lots of declensions and verbs have zillions of forms and conjugations - so those 320 words will keep you busy. When I got to Chapter 33 on imperatives about a month ago - I realized that I was very fuzzy on the verb forms so I did a complete review of Chapters 15-32 (it took a month.) Now I feel more confident.
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