Learn to Read New Testament Greek is a user-friendly introduction to the Greek New Testament which offers insight into the language and thought of the New Testament writers. In this volume, David Alan Black provides tools and exercises for bringing readers to the experience of reading from the Greek New Testament after just seventeen lessons.
The goal of Learn to Read New Testament Greek is two-fold: to give students an insight into the language and thought of New Testament writers, and to prepare them to read and understand the original Greek text of the New Testament. Whether you are trying to write a solid expository sermon, prepare an accurate Sunday School lesson, or translate the New Testament, Learn to Read New Testament Greek is an essential guide.
The principles and methods used in Learn to Read New Testament Greek will enable rapid progress in Greek study. New information is introduced in small, manageable units, and points of grammar are fully explained and illustrated. After seventeen lessons you will begin reading selected passages from the Greek New Testament, and by the end of the course you will be able to read the entire New Testament with minimal reference to a lexicon. You will also acquire an understanding of the structure of the Greek language, an ability to use commentaries and other works based on the Greek text, and a growing capacity to plumb the depths of God’s revelation for yourself.
What’s more, with the Logos Bible Software edition, you have instant access to the texts of the Greek New Testament along with a wealth of dictionaries, lexicons, and language reference tools. All Scripture passages are linked directly to the original language texts and English translations, and double-clicking any Greek word automatically opens a lexicon to help you decipher its mean and understand its context. That makes the Logos edition the most useful and accessible for students, pastors, and scholars.
“The second declension may be divided into two main groups: (1) nouns whose nominative singular ends in -ος, which, with a few exceptions, are masculine; and (2) nouns whose nominative singular ends in -ον, which are all neuters.” (Page 28)
“Hence the lexical form of a Greek verb is given in the present active indicative, first person singular” (Page 108)
“The term ‘aspect’ refers to the view of the action that the speaker chooses to present to the hearer. There are three categories of aspect in Greek: imperfective, perfective, and aoristic. Imperfective aspect focuses on the process or duration of the action. Perfective aspect focuses on the state or condition resulting from a completed action. Aoristic aspect focuses on the verbal idea in its entirety, without commenting upon either the process or the abiding results of the action.” (Page 14)
“Notice that Greek indicates future time by adding a σ to the present stem. This σ is called the future time morpheme and is equivalent in meaning to the English auxiliary verb ‘will.’” (Page 19)
“The entire Greek verb system may be divided into two basic conjugations: the -ω conjugation, and the -μι conjugation.” (Page 17)
David Alan Black has produced a book which has a non-intimidating tone for the new student, in that he renders grammatical discussion in language that is, as far as possible, non-technical. Furthermore, he has created exercises which attempt to bring the student into the experience of reading Greek as soon as possible, but at a level which provides more affirmation than frustration. I am happy to commend his work.
—Robert B. Sloan, President, Baylor University
. . . Combines the strengths of a fairly traditional sequence of topics, in generally manageable chunks with clear explanations fully abreast of modern linguistics. The attractiveness of this work is enhanced by the use of exercises taken directly from the Scripture for the third of the volume.
—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
Clear charts, clear examples, clear discussion—what more could one want from a beginning grammar!
—Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
A streamlined introductory grammar that will prove popular in the classroom.
—Murray J. Harris, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Pedagogically conceived, linguistically informed, hermeneutically sensitive, biblically focused—unique among beginning grammars. It sets a new standard.
—Robert Yarbrough, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Robert C. Bass