[B-Greek] 2nd Year Helps
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Mon Apr 21 20:39:44 EDT 2008
If you are reading Robertson's grammar you don't need
much else "help" in regard to syntax, certainly not Wallace
who who in my opinion is too wordy for what he delivers. The
best bang for your time is Zerwick's Biblical Greek which is
short but is great for both exegesis and grammar.
What you are really going to need help in is vocabulary and
nothing compares to Warren Trenchard's Complete Vocabulary
Guide to the New Testament. It is very important early on to
learn how often words occur in the NT and what the NT cognates
are. Then you need help in recognizing verb forms and some
rare nouns and there I would go with Mounce's Morphology of
I do think reading through and doing the exercises for as many
NT grammars as you can find is the next best thing to reading
the Greek NT. And as much as I think Attic is pushed way too
much on this list, reading through several classical grammars is
also helpful. Skip graded readers and instead get the NET diglot
and a Reader's edition to save you the time from flipping through
It's sounds to me like you are right on track. Be advised that the
second year of Greek generally takes about thirty years to complete.
George F Somsel <gfsomsel at yahoo.com> wrote:
I'm relieved to see that you have made use of other grammars than Machen since I found his grammar extremely incomplete. Mounce is used by many who seem to appreciate it though I must confess that I've never looked at it and therefore will not comment. D & M is an old standard, perhaps a little long in the tooth since it is relatively short. While I do have it and have looked at it on occassion, I'm not really familiar with it. Robertson is to be highly recommended in my opinion. You might add to these Baur, Debrunner, Funk _A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature_. I would also recommend that you purchase Smyth's _Greek Grammar_. This is a classical grammar rather than a Koine grammar, but it does frequently prove helpful. I would also recommend that you purchase Holmes _The Apostolic Fathers_. Try to avoid looking too frequently or too early in your reading to the English. I have the electronic version which
comes in separate files for Greek and English so I'm not sure whether it is on facing pages or in a separate section or perhaps even in a separate volume. If the English is on the facing page, cover it while you read the Greek then only refer to it afterwards.
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From: Will Dilbeck
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Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 2:00:50 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] 2nd Year Helps
I am finishing up Machen's grammar, with the help of Mounce's grammar, Dana
& Mantey, A.T. Robertson, etc., and I was wondering what were some good 2nd
year resources. I will be learning on my own on, so any helps in that
department would be appreciated as well.
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