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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar Hardcover – August 18, 2003
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- 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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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