The beginning Greek student soon faces a vexing dilemma: a myriad of vocabulary words to learn and little time to learn them. One of the century’s leading Greek scholars offers a solid solution by organizing Greek words according to their frequency of appearance in the New Testament. Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek helps students maximize their study by concentrating on the words that appear most often in the Greek New Testament.
This venerable resource, which has served beginning language students for over 50 years, is divided into two parts. Part one lists New Testament words according to their frequency of occurrence. The usefulness of such lists is obvious, writes Metzger. By consulting them the beginner will not, so to speak, waste his time memorizing words that occur only rarely in the New Testament. He can be assured that when he has learned, say, the first 513 words in the lists he then knows all of the words (other than proper names) that occur at least 25 times in the New Testament.
The second part of Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek features another helpful list, grouping Greek words according to their root.
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. . . An approach to the vocabulary of the New Testament that immediately commends itself to the student . . . should be welcomed by all—students and teachers alike—who recognize the importance of having a sound working knowledge of the language in which the New Testament was originally written. A mastery of the material in this slender volume will enable anyone who has already worked through a basic Greek grammar to read the New Testament with far greater fluency.
An indispensable aid for beginning Greek students, strongly recommended as a supplement to a standard Greek grammar for any introductory-level seminary course in biblical Greek.
—Ashland Theological Journal
Bruce Manning Metzger (1914–2007) was the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was the author of hundreds of articles on Bible translation, textual criticism, the Hebrew Bible, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament. He published numerous books, including The New Testament: Its Background, Growth, and Content, The Text of the New Testament, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, and The Canon of the New Testament. He was the general editor of the New Testament Tools and Studies series, The Reader’s Digest Bible, and The Oxford Companion to the Bible and was on the editorial boards of the International Greek New Testament Project, the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. He served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, making valuable contributions to the areas of textual criticism, philology, paleography, and translation, and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).