- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159160222X
- ISBN-13: 978-1591602224
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Greek to Me Paperback – July 1, 2002
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From the Author
- At first glance, the Greek To Me system appears to be non-scholarly, since cartoon images are used to convey grammar, words and endings; however, the system contains more Scriptural examples and "true-to-koine" translations (Greek NT, LXX and apostolic fathers) than are found in other Greek grammars of a more conventional format.
- The approach is new, yet it has been tried and tested with thousands of students and the response has been well worth the effort. Students will find that their further work in biblical, theological and church history studies, and teaching/preaching preparation will be enhanced by a solid foundation in Greek grammar.
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Other than that, this is a great book for helping students to learn Koine Greek. Using visual images has certainly helped me to do so. The old rote memorization just doesn't work for me. Learning a language is the hardest thing I can do under the old methods.
Addendum: Lest I gave the wrong impression in my previous review, the images in the Xulon edition can be seen and followed. They're just a little more difficult to see and I wish they would correct this for future editions. So the book is well worth purchasing.
Yes, (re "blackjack's" review) you should probably buy the translation of the end-of-chapter assignments from the authors website. That is a drawback and a needless expense. These should have been included at the end of the book.
But I think blackjack is incorrect in claiming that this is the "worst kind of memorization-without-comprehension." One can read the text to understand the grammar and then use the memory techniques to keep that understanding.
One other thing. Do definitely buy the vocabulary memorization cards. I think they are only available at the author's web site. Whatever anyone says, we need to learn vocabulary. They aren't as nicely printed as Mounce's, but they have some great drawings to help learn the words.
I'm not a visual learner, but the sentences connected to the images were what really helped me. I used this text as a student 20 years ago and still remember some of the vocab by the sentences (I raise up an egg arrow!).
We still need a really inductive approach to Greek. Come on, people spoke these languages before they were old enough to understand the writings. As Story has more made-up phrases and sentences than does Mounce, I find Story a good supplement to Mounce.
I bought the paperback copy after looking at a hardback copy borrowed from a library. The paperback has larger pages and larger font, which is important for a language with accent and breathing marks.
The pictures seem for the most part silly. Then again, I already know case, gender, and number, as I have had several languages already.