Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek

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It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek. By David Alan Black. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998, 191 pp., $14.99 paper.

Black has authored numerous books, many of which target learning and using Greek in teaching and ministry. His typical audience is the student generally intimidated by the thought of studying Greek. His volumes are inexpensive, accessible, and useable. The present volume fills the gap for the need for an intermediate grammar in this pattern.

What is distinctive here? Organization of material comes to mind first. Black organizes the material in ways that the language is actually used rather than the arcane categories of grammatical analysis. When grammatical analysis becomes necessary for understanding, Black strives to be concise and brief. He starts with the basics. For example, the first chapter is about English grammar, not Greek. The focus is on parts of speech and their functions, reminiscent of the pattern in Wenham's grammar. The second chapter is on the sentence and its parts. Subsequent chapters deal with the Greek noun system (case, adjectives, pronouns, articles, prepositions), the verb system (inflection, interpretation, infinitives, participles, function words), and clauses. …

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