Refresh Your Greek - Greek New Testament by Perschbacher

Brent Hudson brent at
Wed Sep 5 08:12:14 EDT 2001

I have found it great for travelling.  When I made day trips, it meant
carrying only one volume instead of several to read the NT.  When our family
would travel in the car, my wife would drive and I would read in the
passenger side (I keep telling her that her reward is in heaven).  I would
not have bothered reading for those 2hr trips if I had to fumble around with
a GNT, Grammar and Lexicon.  Perschbacher encourages vocab acquisition by
giving lists at the beginning of each NT book (like Kubo) and giving
references in the apparatus if a word has appeared before in that particular
book (like Zerwick & Grosvenor) so it helps advance the reader as well.

The grammar in the back is a nice addition but it is almost useless because
there are no headers on the pages or section numbers making it extremely
difficult to find things.  If the student hasn't read an intermediate
syntax, it would be very frustrating to try to find something in it. I wrote
headers in mine with a pen, but that was lot of work and I still found it
did not excel in the area of linking NT text to grammatical principles (like
Zerwick and Grosvenor does).  I found it helped most for strange forms that
were not covered in my Intro Greek class.  Since my second and third year
courses were syntax and then beyond that Exegetical courses, I was never
introduced to many of the 'exceptions' to the standard forms, I was just
expected to know them.  I don't think I am alone in that regard.
Perschbacher was a great inductive tool for this mastering these odd forms

I know that in those beginning years, it encouraged me to read the NT
instead of just sitting down with my grammar or some other book.
Perschbacher connected me to the text.  Just doing some simple mental math,
I imagine I gained 100 + hours of reading just because I had that resource.

Brent Hudson

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McGowan [mailto:jamcgowan at]
Sent: September 5, 2001 1:59 AM
To: Biblical Greek
Subject: [b-greek] Refresh Your Greek - Greek New Testament by

I was wondering if anyone would comment on their feelings / experiences
concerning this resource.

It is out of print presently but I have found a company that will reprint
it for less than its original cost and I am wondering if doing so would be
considered a worthwhile endeavor?  I am thinking about having my students
purchase it instead of the Greek New Testaments usually used in the study
of Greek.

Presently, I have Zerwick's Grammatical Analysis and Fribergs Analytical
NT.  In my humble opinion, Zerwick's Grammatical Analysis is too limiting
since it doesn't provide a complete text and Friberg's parsing codes are
somewhat tedious to master.  This is not to say that they are invaluable.

It's just that I personally like the fact that the text contains some
parsing, some syntactical "helps" on each page, and a brief grammar in the
back of the book.  Every word isn't parsed so the student still must
demonstrate competency.  The syntactical notes make for good discussion

It seems to me that having these helps in one volume encourages the
student to read the Greek NT and that is what I am after.

I really would be interested in hearing from anyone out there who has this
NT and how they are using it.


Jim McGowan
Doctoral Candidate
Tyndale Theological Seminary

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