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An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises

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An Introduction to Biblical Greek

A complete introductory grammar that builds on a classic approach to learning Greek.

In An Introduction to Biblical Greek, John D. Schwandt integrates the rigor of a classic Greek grammar with the fruit of contemporary language learning. The result is a one-stop introduction to New Testament Greek that exhibits sound scholarship in a friendly, approachable manner for students.

This textbook teaches students the basics of the Greek language through 37 short lessons supported by translation and writing exercises from the New Testament. These practical lessons and exercises will help readers grasp Greek grammar and vocabulary as they start to translate the text of the New Testament itself.


Praise for An Introduction to Biblical Greek

John Schwandt knows how to teach Greek, and it shows in An Introduction to Biblical Greek. I have myself taught Greek for many years and am well aware of the challenges students face. Schwandt’s Introduction is the best there is. I highly recommend it.

—Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University

Dr. John D. Schwandt’s splendid An Introduction to Biblical Greek triggered my adrenaline to want to teach Greek grammar again. It has everything one wants in a textbook. Besides that, it is backed up by the exceptional technical resources of Logos. When the student has finished this text, they are ready to join the ranks of competent exegetes of the New Testament.

—Bruce Waltke, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Regent College, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Knox Theological Seminary

No two people learn languages in exactly the same way, so there is always a need for new language textbooks. Creatively but logically structured, it charts a sensible middle course between standard and cutting-edge forms of verbal aspect theory.

—Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Students who master John Schwandt’s An Introduction to Biblical Greek can expect to plunge immediately into exegesis of the New Testament, the Septuagint, and the Apostolic Fathers. Up-to-date and comprehensive on matters of pronunciation, morphology, and verbal aspect, the book boasts an outstanding advantage over many competitors in its emphasis on students’ composing Greek as well as translating it.

—Robert H. Gundry, Professor Emeritus and Scholar-in-Residence, Westmont College

John Schwandt’s Introduction to Biblical Greek provides an attractive and workable alternative to the growing list of beginning Greek grammars that make minimal demands on students at the cost of reduced comprehension of the language. I recommend this book enthusiastically!

—Buist Fanning, Senior Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Top Highlights

“The letter γ sounds like English n within words like ‘honk’ and ‘song’ before all guttural letters (γ, κ, χ, ξ):” (source)

“If a sentence has a neuter plural subject, often the verb will be singular.” (source)

“Our first spelling rule: If two stops are placed next to each other, the first will usually change to conform to the type of the second.” (source)

“Take care that your use of transliterations doesn’t produce a mixed pronunciation.” (source)

“recessive principle. Verbs are accented as close to the beginning of the word as possible” (source)

Product Details

  • Title: An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises
  • Author: John D. Schwandt
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Count: 224
  • Format: Logos Digital
John Schwandt

Dr. John D. Schwandt is president of Redemption Seminary. Prior to this role, he served as the Executive Director of Mobile Education for Faithlife. Before coming to Faithlife, he was one of the original professors at New Saint Andrews College where he taught Greek and New Testament for 17 years. He has over a decade of experience teaching online and developing distance educational curricula.

He is the author of a comprehensive beginning Greek grammar, An introduction to Biblical Greek (Lehxam Press, 2020). He was the general editor of the English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament: English Standard Version (Crossway Books, 2006), and he recorded an audio version of the Greek New Testament for the German Bible Society. You have heard his voice if you have clicked on any Greek word to hear it pronounced in Logos Bible Software.

Schwandt earned his doctorate in Bible translation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He earned his master of arts from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho.


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  1. (William)  Scott Calkins
    Lacks an answer key... so the exercises are mostly useless, particularly as you advance through the sections. Content wise it is decent but I would suggest considering other grammars: such as Clayton Croy, A Primer of Biblical Greek which is available on Logos and the answer key is readily available online.
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