Biblical Greek

Learning the Basics for the Glory of Jesus Christ


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Reviewing Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek

Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical GreekThis past week the Review of Biblical Literature released a wonderful review article on a book I’ve mentioned before by Con Campbell: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek

The review is by C. Michael Robbins and it offers many highlights to the benefits of using this book as well as a few good suggestions for improving the second edition of the book, whenever it might be released.

The following summary description of the book is provided as well:

Description: Verbal aspect in the Greek language has been a topic of significant debate in recent scholarship. The majority of scholars now believe that an understanding of verbal aspect is even more important than verb tense (past, present, etc.). Until now, however, there have been no accessible textbooks, both in terms of level and price (most titles on the topic retail for more than $100). In this book, Constantine Campbell investigates the function of verbal aspect within the New Testament Greek narrative. He has done a marvelous job in this book of simplifying the concept without getting caught up using terms of linguistics that no one except those schooled in that field can understand. The book includes exercises, an answer key, glossary of key concepts, an appendix covering space and time, and an index to Scripture cited. Professors and students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, will use this is as a supplemental text in both beginning and advanced Greek courses. Pastors that study the Greek text will also appreciate this resource as a supplement to their preaching and teaching.

If you are going to study New Testament Greek, I suggest you purchase this book along with your Greek Grammar.


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Bill Mounce & The History of Basics of Biblical Greek

First, the Koinonia blog has posted a short interview with Bill Mounce telling about the authors who have impacted his life and ministry.

Basics of Biblical Greek

Also, Dr. Mounce posted a entry explaining the history behind his book that we use in our class. Here is an excerpt, but read the whole thing here.

I know this is a bit off topic, but someone asked the other day about the history behind my grammar and suggested that people might be curious. So for what it’s worth, here it is.

Rote memory has never been my strong suite. In high school I memorized tons of poetry and found it easy to do, but when it came to just individual words, well, I’m not wired that way. This made high school Latin especially difficult. What I discovered about myself, however, was that I like charts; and if I could lay things out visually in a way that made sense to me, paradigms and the such were much easier to learn. So I became the chart maker in Latin, and many of my fellow students adopted my charts in preference to our text.

I learn Greek at Western Kentucky University with a totally inductive text, reading the gospel of John. I enjoyed the exposure to the biblical text, but the lack of structure was the undoing of the class. Midway through the first semester we switched to Machen’s text and used both texts to get through the two semester class. And once again I started making charts.

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Biblical Greek Bookstore!

Hello Class! I just wanted to point out to everyone that I have added a New Testament Greek Bookstore to our web site. I hope you will all check it and even consider buying a Greek Reader’s New Testament from it.

Either way, if you are going to buy anything from Amazon in the future, please buy it from this store. Even if it is not a book, you can use the Amazon search tool at the top of the bookstore page and search for whatever you want. Just make sure that when you search for something, that you are searching for it on this page when you click on the item to add it to your shopping cart. I hope that makes sense, please ask any questions if you are not sure how it works. But if you do buy from our store, you will help me out and you won’t have to pay any extra money to help me out.  🙂 You pay the same price you would pay on without my bookstore, so help a brother out!

Here is the link: Biblical Greek Bookstore


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Biblical Greek Chapters 1-4

BBG Introduction and BBG Chapters 1-4

Here are the two PDF files I mentioned for those of you who do not yet have the textbook. Please download these and read through them this week. You will need this information to learn the alphabet rules and pronunciation, as well as the rules for syllabification.

As a general rule, please post a question or E-mail me with any questions you have regarding what you read or the homework you are assigned. I hope you enjoy getting into this as much as I will enjoy teaching you and helping you learn this ancient and awesome language!

May God be glorified and all that we do!