- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (October 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013184234X
- ISBN-13: 978-0131842342
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
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This textbook is intended primarily for students who are beginning the study of the Greek Testament either without any previous acquaintance with the Greek language or with an acquaintance so imperfect that a renewed course of elementary instruction is needed.
From the Back Cover
J. Gresham Machen's classic manual for students in biblical studies has been carefully revised and updated by Dan G. McCartney who holds the same academic appointment at Westminster Theological Seminary that Machen himself once held. Students who have no prior understanding of the Greek language will find this new edition eminently readable and valuable in their study of scripture.New to This Edition:
- Glossary of basic grammatical and linguistic termsHelps students recognize and understand frequently used terms and cross-reference with word roots
- Charts and figures on grammarIncludes a list of prepositions, a chart of vowel contractions, a regular verb formation chart, and several new paradigms
- Word list of 250 termsHighlights the 250 words appearing most frequently in the Greek New Testament, prepared by Professor Bruce M. Metzger for this new edition
- Updated styleFor example, substitutes 'you' for 'thee' and 'thou', in language familiar to today's students
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn N.T. Greek.
There are a few problems with the text and those are mainly involving the way in which he describes some of the more difficult concepts. Without a knowledgeable person explaining Participles to the student, the novice would be hard-pressed to understand the complexity of the Participle in Greek and would flounder through Machen's descriptions of them. If the solitary student is trying to brush up on his Greek or has already learned one or more languages then he or she will have a much easier time grasping the more difficult concepts because they would be used to going through a grammar and learning ideas about a foreign language.
The Lexicon in the Back (with the principle parts) is also a very helpful tool for the beginning student so the student does not have to flip through every single lesson trying to find the definition of a word given previously while working on a later lesson.
Once the student has completely finished using Machen's book he or she will be able to, armed with only this grammar and a Lexicon, tackle a significant majority of the passages in the New Testament. While there are obviously some more difficult passages in the New Testament (Hebrews, etc) that will be a struggle for the beginning student this work will provide him or her with a very solid foundation to work from and will be an invaluable tool for the rest of the student's time spent in Greek.
It is not really a book for self-study. But, with the help of a teacher who has studied New Testament Greek, it is simply the best book available after its nearly 80 years in print. That alone speaks much in its behalf.
This text teaches vocab at a slow pace, so I would get Mounces flash cards and go through 100 a week. At that rate you can easily have a 1000 word vocabulary within a semester, and with the study of noun and verb conjugations from this text, you could easily translate most of the New Testament. This all would require a lot of hard work. In my language study time I would often put in 8 to 10 hours a day for 6 days a week. But through that, by the end of a semester I had gained more knowledge than what most pastors I know have of Hebrew and Greek.
So if you have to use this book, then yes it works and you will certainly help you. But if you are debating between anything else then go for Basics of Biblical Greek by Mounce.
Whatever you do, get the laminated study guide by Mounce! It is truly a life saver and worth its weight in gold! Only $8 on prime. After using it in Greek and the other version for Hebrew, I would pay $50 for it because it is so helpful!
Lastly I will say that I got a used copy of this for less than half the price of a new, but be warned if you're thinking of going that route, mine did have a lot of writing in it and torn pages.