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Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research

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At over 1,500 pages, Archibald Thomas Robertson’s Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research is one of the most exhaustive descriptions of New Testament Greek ever produced.

No reference grammar written in English since Robertson's covers NT Greek in as much detail. Thus, this grammar remains an important tool for the exegete, even though it is somewhat older and should be supplemented with modern grammars to take into account advances in the field.

Modern reference grammars (e.g., Blass-Debrunner-Funk’s A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature and Daniel Wallace’s Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics) and lexicons (e.g., Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich's A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature) often contain bibliographic references to Robertson’s discussions of important points.

In addition to making sure that the Logos Bible Software edition of Robertson’s Grammar links to many of the books that Robertson himself consulted, such as Burton’s Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of New Testament Greek and Deissmann’s Light from the Ancient East, many books previously published by Logos Bible Software have already been updated with links to Robertson’s Grammar. Just counting BDAG and BDF alone, more than 1,000 links to Robertson’s Grammar have already been tagged.

A.T. Robertson is also known for his well-loved study aid Word Pictures in the New Testament, which is available from Logos.

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“The Three Kinds of Action in the Future (futuristic, volitive, deliberative” (Page 889)

“Dr. A. M. Fairbairn1 once said: ‘No man can be a theologian who is not a philologian. He who is no grammarian is no divine.’” (Page x)

“The present volume is designed for advanced students in theological schools, for the use of teachers, for scholarly pastors who wish a comprehensive grammar of the Greek New Testament on the desk for constant use, for all who make a thorough study of the New Testament or who are interested in the study of language, and for libraries.” (Page xi)

“The following is a tentative outline: The Mycenæan Age, 1500 b.c. to 1000 b.c.; the Age of the Dialects, 1000 b.c. to 300 b.c.; the Age of the Κοινή, 300 b.c. to 330 a.d.; the Byzantine Greek, 330 a.d. to 1453 a.d.; the modern Greek, 1453 a.d. to the present time. The early stage of the Byzantine Greek (up to 600 a.d.) is really κοινή and the rest is modern Greek.” (Page 43)

“(c) Prepositional Phrases. These were also often considered definite enough without the article.” (Page 791)

"[I]n 1914 appeared that stupendous work, so far superior to every preceding effort in the entire field...This book is, and is probably for a long time to remain, the unrivaled standard in its realm."  

—From the preface of H.E. Dana and Julius R. Mantey's A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament

"This enormous volume from the early twentieth century provides a wealth of examples and is in part an evaluation of and reaction to the work of earlier scholars."

—Dr. Michael Palmer, author of Levels of Constituent Structure in New Testament Greek

  • Title: A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research
  • Author: Archibald Thomas Robertson
  • Publisher: Faithlife
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Greek language, Biblical › Grammar
  • Resource ID: LLS:GGNTLHR
  • Resource Type: Grammar
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:52:25Z
Archibald Thomas Robertson

A. T. Robertson (1863–1934) was a renowned scholar and a terrific preacher. He was educated at Wake Forest University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1892, Robertson was appointed professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he taught until 1934.

Robertson was a founding member of the Baptist World Congress, now known as the Baptist World Alliance. Throughout his incredible life, Archibald Thomas Robertson wrote 41 books ranging from grammars to simple character studies.

His books are still used today and his publications available in Logos include Practical and Social Aspects of Christianity: The Wisdom of James, Studies in Mark's Gospel, The Divinity of Christ in the Gospel of John, and A Harmony of the Gospels. Also available from Logos is the A. T. Robertson Collection (15 vols.), which includes a number of Robertson’s grammars, commentaries, lectures, and sermons.


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