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.
"[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
NOTE: This edition should not be confused with the reprint edition of 1934 by Robertson's wife, Ella Broadus Robertson, or the 1947 edition from Broadman & Holman publishers. If there were any differences between the 3rd edition and these later reprints, they are necessarily minor.
Archibald Thomas Robertson (1863-1934), American Baptist New Testament scholar, was born near Chatham, Virginia. Converted at age 13, he was licensed to preach at age 16. In 1895 he was elected to succeed John A. Broadus as professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He held this position until his death in 1934. Robertson's greatest contribution to biblical scholarship was in the field of New Testament Greek. In 1914 he published his monumental 1,454-page Grammar of the Greek New Testament, the largest and most comprehensive New Testament grammar ever published. It went into five editions by 1931. Robertson also authored forty-five other books.
—From Editorial CLIE
Excerpted from Biographical Entries from New 20th-century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge:
[Robertson's] numerous books include Syllabus of NT Greek Syntax (1900), Bibliography of NT Greek (1903), Teaching of Jesus Concerning God the Father (1904), Key-Words in the Teaching of Jesus (1906), Epochs in the Life of Paul (1909), Commentary on Matthew (1910), John the Loyal (1911), Studies in the Epistle of James (1915), The Divinity of Christ in the Gospel of John (1916), Making Good in the Ministry (1918), Studies in Mark’s Gospel (1919), Harmony of the Gospels (1922), The Minister and His Greek NT (1923), An Introduction to the Textual Criticism of the NT (1925), Paul and the Intellectuals (1928), Word Pictures in the NT (6 vols., 1930–33), A New Short Grammar of the Greek Testament (1931), and Passing on the Torch and Other Sermons (1934). He was editor and contributing editor to many biblical series, including the Hastings’ Dictionaries and “The 1911 Bible,” and was also a member of the revision committee for the American Standard Bible.
by Raymond W. Albright