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A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek Paperback – July 16, 2013
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- Item Weight : 2.28 pounds
- Paperback : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1598151150
- ISBN-13 : 978-1598151152
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 1.23 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Polebridge Press; 3rd edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought the original 3 volumes, which are now reformatted to one volume. I've only used volume 2.
Volume 1 is basic grammar -- nouns, cases; verbs, tenses, moods, voices, etc. All the typical stuff. My version was printed in 1977, with a proportional typeface that looks like a typewriter or Courier. The greek text is hard to scan, and for that reason I wouldn't use the original volume 1 as a replacement for, say, Mounce.
Volume 2 is about how Greek encodes ideas not in words but in sentences, or really in clauses. You learn the structure of greek sentences, how they are made up of (and how you can spot) various types of noun and verb clauses, about function words like ou, mh, kai, te, alla, de, gar, oun, oti, ina, etc. and the clauses and phrases and grammatical / logical structures they mark.
The thing that sets Funk apart is that, where other intermediate books basically offer long lists of organized but unconnected rules to memorize, Funk steps back one level of abstraction and teaches you HOW Greek sentences are constructed, then shows you (with examples in every case) sentences doing what he's talking about. Here are the three uses of autos, and here are sentences showing you how each works, and here's an explanation of how to tell the difference between them, with multiple example sentences. I'm not explaining this well. This is better than it sounds.
I think I lucked onto this book at the right time for my personal journey, but before I read Funk, a chapter of the NT took me a couple hours to stumble through. After Funk I'm basically fluent, limited by vocabulary not by grammar/syntax. I can now read and understand each sentence as a whole. Once your brain "gets" how greek sentences work, the transformation is amazing. After years of flailing around (in a fun way), this book has been highly rewarding.
Volume 2 is not a beginners book. You need to parse words quickly and easily -- basically you need to know how to read simple sentences correctly before you start.