Idioms of the Greek New Testament is a ground-breaking grammar written with Stanley E. Porter’s unmatched understanding of New Testament Greek. The work aids the student of New Testament Greek in a number of ways. It can be used as an instructive handbook, as an intermediate level textbook, and as a basic reference work. The major topics of Greek grammar are treated in a helpful pedagogical sequence. Substantial discussions are provided on Greek verb structure, the case system, the use of prepositions, particles, and various types of clauses. The book also includes visual illustrations, references to other Greek grammars, a glossary of terms and full indexes.
Throughout Idioms, Porter keeps in mind the traditional categories of Greek grammar. However, he bases his analysis upon principles of modern linguistics. This foundation is translated and adapted for students and teachers who may not have had any exposure to its technical language and method. Among the innovative treatments found in the work are those on tense and aspect, mood and attitude, conditional clauses, word order and clause structure, and discourse analysis. Idioms of the Greek New Testament will be a welcome work for students needing a tool to guide them from elementary textbooks to fully fledged reference grammars...and for scholars seeking a useful NT Greek reference.
Stanley E. Porter wrote Idioms of the Greek New Testament for students who would like an intermediate handbook to help them make a transition to using advanced grammars. With Logos Bible Software, this transition is easier than ever! As you progress through Idioms, you can cross-reference the text with any number of Greek grammars Logos offers, deepening your understanding of the words and terms being analyzed.
The Greek of the New Testament provides an eminently worthwhile and worthy body of literature for serious academic study, and my hope is that this grammar will enable many to take further steps towards its mastery.
—Stanley E. Porter, from the introduction
Stanley E. Porter received his B.A. at Point Loma College, an M.A. from Claremont Graduate School, another M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. He has taught for post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK.
Porter is the author of several books on Greek grammar, including Katallasso in Ancient Greek Literature, with Reference to the Pauline Writings and Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, with Reference to Tense and Mood, which the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society called an “epoch-making work” that “should be studied by all advanced students and instructors of Greek.” Porter has also edited two collections of studies on New Testament Greek, The Language of the New Testament: Classic Essays and Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics: Open Questions in Current Research and Handbook to the Exegesis of the New Testament. He has published widely in books and various journals on other topics of importance in New Testament studies. He is the coauthor of Christian-Jewish Relations through the Centuries.
Grammars frequently cited by Porter and available for Logos Bible Software include Blass, Debrunner and Funk’s renowned A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature and Archibald Thomas Robertson’s Grammar of the New Testament in the Light of Historical Research.