An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises

This volume is a reworking of H. P. V. Nunn, The Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913. This volume contains 37 lessons, beginning with the alphabet, followed closely with the Present Indicative, and then nouns and adjectives. The Imperfect comes next, followed by the Future and Aorist. Participles are next, followed by the contract vowel verbs, and then the Perfect and Pluperfect. The moods are covered near the end along with athematic verbs. Seven appendices include vocabulary lists, answer key to the lessons, a section on accents, another on prepositions, and morphology tables. Two glossaries finish the appendices, one from English to Greek and the other Greek to English.

The student will be translating phrases from the New Testament as early as chapter 3, and whole verses by chapter 5. This grammar includes a discussion of phonology, verbal aspect, and the deponency debate. This grammar unhelpfully calls the Greek article, a “definite” article, and its discussion of root and stem is unique. This grammar also has few footnotes connecting to scholarship. More helpfully, this grammar is laid out using modern textbook elements, such as headers, shading, charts, and inserted exercises.

This grammar is not as scaled back as some first-year grammars, and is based on a classic. This grammar will be useful to students even after they move beyond the first year.

Author: James E. Sedlacek

I have an avid interest in teaching the languages used in the sacred literature texts, explaining the background for each piece of literature and structuring a method to interpret the literature. The goal is that an interpretation is based upon a thorough analysis of the language, text and background for the text.

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