Written by H.P.V. Nunn in 1914, revised by J.W. Wenham in 1965, and now enhanced by Jeremy Duff. This highly regarded text now also features pronunciation CDs by Jonathan Pennington, plus free online support material to make learning even more exciting. 280 pages, softcover with CDs.
The Elements of New Testament Greek, Third Edition with CDs
I'd like to be able to give this book a '5' rating, but that may have to wait until after the next printing. Although I am new to studying Greek, I have studied and taught other languages, and so I feel qualified to say that Duff's approach to teach Koine Greek is sound. He presents the grammar in a logical order and builds concepts upon one another as a good grammar should do for the beginning student. So why the low rating? There are several reasons: 1) There are far too many errors in the book, even for a first printing; vital items are at times omitted from some of the grammar charts, which obviously makes learning those concepts correctly a difficult task. I'm not saying that Duff is incorrect (and neither do my instructors, since I'm hardly qualified to speak on the matter), but that the book was carelessly edited. 2) There are some things, again according to my instructors, to which Duff does give short shrift (for example, he mentions 'attraction' with relative pronouns in a small footnote as if it were unusual; however, 'attraction' is actually the norm in such cases and is an important concept to understand). 3)the website with "useful helps" is incomplete; there are some useful PowerPoint slides which can be downloaded (and some links to other sites are given), but there are no additional exercises or other materials as promised on the back cover of the book. I can only assume that this book was rushed to print since there are so many editing errors and the website is incomplete. Still, in spite of my criticisms, I believe this to be a good beginning grammar, and I have been able to make grade strides in learning Greek through my class's use of it. I hope to see the errors corrected and the website completed so that this will become the great grammar it should be.
January 24, 2006