[B-Greek] Textbook for Beginning Greek

Timothy Lawson tslawson1 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 14 09:58:37 EST 2010


  Here is a book that a friend of mine is working through. It is entitled "A 
Guide To New Testament Greek" by Erwin Penner. It evidently has a unique 

T. Scott Lawson


From: Shirley Rollinson <rollinsondr at yahoo.com>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Sat, December 11, 2010 7:39:13 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Textbook for Beginning Greek

Textbook for Beginning Greek
I'm currently "between textbooks" for the Beginning Greek courses I teach.
I'd appreciate some ideas for a textbook which uses a blend of inductive and 
grammatical methods.

I used Dobson's "Teach Yourself NT Greek" for years, and my students did well 
with it. I had to give them plenty of additional grammar and vocabulary 
hand-outs, but the book got them reading fluently and with confidence. Within 
one semester they were reading (and enjoying) large passages from the NT. 
However, the earlier edition has been edited and "improved" several times. The 
later editions became less and less satisfactory, until I just gave up on it.
Wenham is out of print.
I've tried others over the years, including Duff, Mounce, Croy, and MacNair, and 
none of them get the students reading and understanding as quickly as the 
original Dobson.
What's more frustrating is that I also teach Latin, using a blend of the 
Cambridge Course and Wheelock, and my Latin students are up and running in one 
semester. But so far I haven't found a Greek equivalent of the Cambridge Latin 
I'm teaching at the College level, up to a Minor in Greek, as part of a BA or BS 
degree, with students who may or may not go on to seminary (most do not). What I 
want is a book which will help to get them started, will give them confidence in 
reading and comprehension, and which they can use by themselves if they drop out 
of College.
Any ideas ?
thank you
Shirley Rollinson
Eastern New Mexico University

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