[B-Greek] Wallace or Porter?
nebarry at verizon.net
Sat Aug 27 07:27:09 EDT 2005
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From: "Ben & Mandy Pehrson" <ben-mandy_pehrson at sil.org>
To: "'Michael Ledford'" <mrl9403 at yahoo.com>; <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:53 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Wallace or Porter?
> There is no comparison. Wallace is very useful and user friendly in many
> ways that Porter is not. Porter also seems a bit scant in places. Wallace
> is rightly considered an intermediate level grammar, but his approach and
> interaction with recent research means that his grammar sometimes contains
> insights not covered in the older advanced grammars.
> Some people critique Wallace for his 7th distinctive above, saying he is a
> "splitter" of semantic categories. But overall, I think this is very
> helpful for the student to learn to analyze the sense of the category under
> question in relation to the multitude of specific contexts it may occur in.
I agree with everything you've said, Benjamin, with the one proviso that you
list (I've never actually seen anybody else make this criticism, nice to know
I'm not the only one). I particularly noted this with his discussion on the
various uses of the genitive: one sometimes gets the impression that his
descriptions are due to an especially fertile grammatical imagination. It has
sometimes been amusing to see students pick a category and try to make a
genitive in a particular text fit that category, particularly as that usage can
be used toward supporting a particular theological point. However, as the
student becomes better at Greek in general, this becomes less of a problem.
This is really a minor criticism, and I also endorse Wallace for the serious
N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Adjunct Faculty, The Center for Urban Theological Studies
Visiting Faculty, Reformed Theological Seminary
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