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Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek (IVP Pocket Reference) Paperback – September 27, 2001
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I am a 1st year seminary student that has been exposed to about 4 years of Greek. I attend the church where the seminary Professor's Pastor and teach. I have also known many seminary students and graduates for the same reason.
Over the last 4 years, despite the attempts of Professor's, students, and Summer's Beginning Grammar, I have been unable to fully comprehend certain terms or concepts dealing with Greek grammar. One such example, is the "distance from reality" of certain moods.
For the first time in close to 5 years, I have a grasp of several concepts that have eluded me. This is thanks solely to this awesome little book, "Pocket Dictionary For the Study of New Testament Greek." I have found the definitions to be crisp and clear, and highly illuminating. Its as though I finally have an author that writes on the same frequency that I learn on!
I also discovered today in class that the Greek Professor owns a copy as well. He has over two decades of experience teaching Greek. For the first time, he found a definition for a verb composition that has eluded him for years. He discovered it in this same book.
A brief perusal of "Pocket Dictionary For the Study of New Testament Greek" has already shown me that I am in for quite a treat. This book has virtually opened up a whole new world of terms to me, some of which go beyond Greek, into areas like "Textual Criticism."
I typically am not one for writing reviews. But there may be others reading this, that are like me. I am clear that it is God's will for me to master Greek. But while I appreciate Summer's, Mounce, Wallace, Dana & Mantey, and the plethora of other grammars out there... their definitions sometimes leave me in the dark.
Maybe I will one day join the ranks of "grammarians" that writes a grammar with the intent of simplifying the process of learning Greek from square one. But for now, I am happy to get any tool that will help me to climb this mountain.
"Pocket Dictionary For the Study of New Testament Greek" is obviously not a grammar, but I think that it can sure help to lighten the load for Seminarians, Bible College students, or anyone that is committed to learning New Testament Greek, and the requisite grammatical terms, definitions, etc.
I can also see how it would be a very helpful tool for Pastor's and Preachers that are presently tackling Greek, or for those that are not yet full-blown Scholars with photographic memories!
However, for some unfortunate reason, the main words are not searchable, only the definitions. So, a search for a definition of the word "Genitive" rendered all kinds of results (anywhere else the word was used) except the definition of "Genitive," which I expected would be the first entry in the resulting list. The same happens with every word that I'm looking for in the dictionary. Very frustrating. I thought having it digitally available would be a time saver, but alas, it was not to be.
I would recommend getting the paper version instead. Those I've used successfully in the past. Where can I "return" this purchase? It shows up in my list of Kindle purchases, but there's no option to complain or request a refund.
BTW, I have no problem with other books as I'm enjoying more and more reading books in my Kindle and Kindle for the iPad.
I am quoting the first entry and last entry of the total 1700 terms in this book to let you decide if that is the dictionary you wanted:
a fortiori. Lat. "from a stronger [reason or argument]." The term is similar to the expression "all the moew" and refers to a conclusion that can be drawn with greater necessaity than a previous ibe. See also qal wahomer.
zoomorphism. n. The literary device of ascribing to humans or to God actions or characteristics that naturally belong to animals.
However, this volume is not for the beginner...more for the
Greek Biblical scholar, doing post-graduate work.
It defines over 1700 terms of Greek Grammar...but doesn't give many
textual examples of usage in the New testament.
Written in English with a few German words found in biblical studies. The last eight pages list abbreviations found in grammars, lexicons and other material - excellent work.
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