- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans (August 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780802867339
- ISBN-13: 978-0802867339
- ASIN: 0802867332
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
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A Primer of Biblical Greek Paperback – August 5, 2011
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However, I must acknowledge this book is incredibly technical and professional. It touches on many subjects, which many of other Greek textbooks of our days neglects about. Anyhow, I would recommend this book for students who already have experience in Greek. However, I am not so sure if I will recommend this for anyone who never learned Greek before.
We were assigned a lot of Croy's sentences, which were very chellenging at times, but I wish we could have done more translation from the Bible. There is no way for you to check your translation, besides some dead web pages with incomplete keys. While I do NOT reccomend translating with your English Bible open, it is helpful to have something more or less objective to see how you did once you finished working through the passage. This being the case, I don't think the Practice and Review sections would be very beneficial to anyone attempting to learn Greek on their own unless they were being personally tutored by their pastor or someone with expert knowledge in the language.
Croy will give irregular forms of words in the chapters, which is helpful. For example, on page 87 he has a list of irregular perfect tense verbs, where he gives γράφω (I write) and the perfect form, γέγραπται (it is written). Yet γέγραπται is not given in the glossary, it is only found on page 87. That would be understandable if not for the fact that he gives irregular forms of verbs in the glossary. This made translating difficult at times, since the Practice and Review would draw from previous chapters, and would utilize the irregular forms found only on one page in the entire book.
BUT the Kindle version leaves a little bit to be desired--for example, all of the Greek exercises and word lists are rendered as pictures or jpegs or whatever, which means that they resize according to window size (on my PC), making the letters smaller and smaller when I want to share the screen with another window (like Microsoft Word). It's very inconvenient, and doesn't make a lot of sense, especially since other parts of the book with Greek text are rendered as actual characters that don't resize unless you manually change the font settings (which means it's possible to do it the right way, but the Kindle publisher opted for a presumably easier but inferior publishing format).
My iPad has similar problems, with minor differences for different technology--for example, on the iPad, it is possible to blow up the exercises one at a time so that they are bigger, which is nice, but not very practical in terms of flipping between word lists and other resources. Keeping your place while looking through the rest of the book is very inconvenient/practically impossible.
Also, the absence of page numbers is very frustrating, because when the teacher says, "Turn to page 42," or "Turn to the chart X in the back," that means while the rest of the class knows exactly where to turn, I have to guess. It has led to many awkward and frustrating moments.
If I could go back, I would just buy the hard copy. In fact, that's my immediate plan, so maybe I'll come back and update this review after a few months of using the actual book.
The book is moderately well-suited to the self-learner of this complex language. With appropriate revisions it would be even better. I think it could provide an effective accompaniment to a DVD course.