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An excellent resource,
This review is from: Philippians: A Greek Student's Intermediate Reader (Paperback)
For those in active ministry, maintaining proficiency in Greek after seminary can be difficult. Hectic schedules and impossible work loads keep ministers struggling just to study for sermons, much less have time to work directly with the Greek text.
Jerry Sumney has designed a work intended to help those who have completed one year of Koine Greek read effective and intelligently through the Greek text of Philippians. Serving as Professor of Biblical Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary (a Disciple's of Christ school), Sumney's stated goal is to "assist those who use [this book] on their path to reading the Greek text of the New Testament with clearer and deeper understanding" (p xx). Understanding that language is easily forgotten if not used, the author attempts to provide a work that will enable the Greek student to bring to mind what has been previously learned while introducing them to more advanced examples of grammar and syntax.
However, this is not a "workbook". Instead, it is essentially a commentary on the Greek text of Philippians. Sumney uses the Greek of this letter to highlight grammatical aspects of Koine Greek and then disusses their bearing upon interpretation. Important grammatical terms and constructions are highlighted in bold and lexical definitions are given the first time key words appear. The Greek text used is that of the United Bible Society's 4th edition, which is immediately followed by a fresh translation.
The format of the work runs very similar to that of a technical commentary. Those familiar with the older works of men like H.G.D. Moule, Lightfoot, and Eadie will find much similarity in the present volume (though certainly this volume is more user friendly to intermediate student's of Greek). Because of this, the work has value not only to those wishing to increase their proficiency in Greek, but also pastor's who are preaching through this letter.