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Learn to Read New Testament Greek Third Edition
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(P.S. Broadman and Holman's printing company did a terrible job in the binding of this book. Almost everyone I know who owns this book has had the pages separate from the binding within a few months. Be prepared to glue it back together!)
This NT Greek grammar is reasonably concise and yet always provides sufficient information for the student to grasp the matter at hand. Compared to "The Basics of Biblical Greek", this grammar does a better job of introducing the student to the syntax (on an elementary level)of the New Testament with clearer explanations of grammatical terminology.
This is an excellent text for a professor to adopt, but it is also highly recommended as a supplement to those who are using Mounce's work. If the student is having difficulty grasping the grammatical point that Mounce is discussing, it is very likely that turning to Black's grammar will clear up the matter. Additionally, Black has an excellent selection of exercises with a complete answer key to the first seventeen chapters as an appendix to the book.
Additional illustrations are judiciously placed throughout the grammar. For example, on the crucial issue of mastering Participles, Black offers 34 sentences with translation in the body of the text.
This is a "must have" resource for first year Koine Greek students - and is well worth a second look by instructors who have chosen other texts.
I have looked extensively at a couple of the other popular beginning Greek grammars although I won't be doing any direct comparisons.
Regarding the aesthetics, the hardcover is very sturdy in addition to being very appealing to look at. The black cover is a nice tie-in to the author's last name. The paper is high quality, crisp and white which takes to a highlighter very well. The conjugations are in gray shaded boxes which helps them stand out and makes them easy to locate when wanting to go back and review them. The only thing I don't like is that the font chosen for the Greek is a little less formal than what most of us are used to seeing which takes a little while to get used to.
In a word this book is efficient. There are no chapter overviews, introductions, summaries, what you'll learn in the next chapter, etc. which is usually annoying anyway. The author gets right down to business in each chapter. Each of the 26 chapters are short enough that you don't need those things.
This doesn't mean the book's information is skimpy. You will learn a lot of the important terms so that when you read a more technical Bible commentary or read what others write about Greek, you will have learned or at least have a reference for the terms at the beginning level which are explained well.
The exercises for the first 17 chapters of the book are made-up sentences in Greek that the student translates. All of the words in the sentences are from vocabulary that has been learned previously in the book.
Starting in chapter 18, Bible verses are used for the exercises.Read more ›
Some of the letters within the text aren't representative of the Greek letters (an h for a lower case eta, for example). At the points where one is to read a paragraph of Greek text for practice, the text is very small and the letters are not clear. Increasing the Kindle text size only increases the size of the English text, not the representative Greek texts to be read for practice, so I found the Greek text to be unreadable.
If you're considering purchasing this as a Kindle download, try the sample first to see whether it will be of use to you. I have the original Kindle; I have no idea if it will work better on the new one or on one of the smartphone apps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly a beginner's reading Greek vocabulary textbook. Not as complicated as others. This one is a good one to start with if you have no knowledge of Koine Greek. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Austin Chiang
The material is 100% awesome. It is informative and exactly what I needed for my NT Greek Class. The formatting in the kindle version is absolutely atrocious! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. When used with the companion workbook makes learning to read Greek easy.Published 2 months ago by Hop
As a person who does training quite often in my professional IT career, I am usually paying very close attention to the style in which someone does the training. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Harshman
The kindle version has the Greek sections of the book inserted as images, rather than text, and the greek text in those images is actually too small to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicholas S Powell
I started with Mounce and find the package to be like an obstacle course. Mounce gives all the details that you will have to figure out on your own. Read morePublished 3 months ago by milpitas joe
Used for my Greek class. Easy to understand and follow.Published 5 months ago by John Oscar Cordero
The book itself is great. The problem is the Kindle version. When a Greek word is or phrase is written, it is in a small and faint type size that can't be changed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe V