Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament - eBook
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Publication Date: 2016
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Study on the Greek of the NTAugust 23, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The study of the original language of scripture is a lost art in the study of the Bible. Yet it is one area that sorely needs correction to understand the depths of the Word of God. As a minister to children, youth, and families I prepare an average of six gospel messages a week, a process which takes most of my work week. Yet when I neglect a study of the original languages the gospel messages suffer because there is a noticeable lack of depth missing due to this neglect.
With, Going Deeper With New Testament Greek, I am able to reatain my knwoidlge of the greek of the New Testament in a easy to read book. While this book is primarily used as a textbook for serminary students, as a semainary graduate it is through enough, yet simple enough to aid in the continual usage of my original language skills.
Going Deeper With New Testament Greek by Andreas J. Kostenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer and produced by B and H Publications is the perfect median between textbook and review with a little bit of syntax guide thrown in for good measure. Irons work on teaching the Greek of New Testament is full of easy to remember graphs and charts that are not only accurate but beautifully displayed. Furthermore this aid is not only useful to the pastor or seminary student alone but also to the Greek scholar. I wish I had this tool a few years ago when I started to study Greek.
In addition, while I usually do not comment on the binding of a product, this products binding is spectacular. Most textbooks or even lexical aids for the original languages are oversized and many are in paperback yet this book is a durable hardback which will extend the life of this excellent work. With all of these positive elements in this book, I highly recommend Kostenberger, Merkle, and Plummers work to all pastors and students of the original languages. The one caveat is, there are a few places in which I disagree with their interpretation of meaning for a number of works, yet their logic is internally consistent and thier orthodoxy is sound, making this one of the few works that can be used long after a initial study of the Greek of the New Testament has been completed.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B an H Publications in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Going Deeper With New Testament Greek
2016 by Andreas J. Kostenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer
Publisher: B and H Publications
Page Count: 560 Pages
theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Intermediate book & chart on NT Greek!May 5, 2017theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This intermediate academic book on New Testament Greek is aimed toward an audience that has already done the basics at Greek including common vocabulary, foundational principles of syntax and have done some translating of New Testament Scriptures. It really is written more toward the college or seminar students in a sequential manner that actually makes this book fun to follow along. The authors do an excellent job of laying out the purpose of each chapter, providing examples and practice with sentences and vocabulary. But to be honest, I really liked how they did a "Built-In Reader" as they call it where they take a section of Scripture and break it down for the student to work on translation. I really appreciate how they took so many resources and combined them into a single book that really will take your Greek understanding to the next level. The chart (separate purchase) is a very nice 6-page laminated folded "cheat sheet" if you will and is keyed off of the book - it covers the syntactical categories covered in the book and also information about NT textual criticism and more. Together, these two items are invaluable to anyone wanting to go to the next level with their Greek. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book and chart in exchange for my honest review.
Angelo5 Stars Out Of 5A great intermediate grammar to have as a student (in seminary and of the Word)August 27, 2016AngeloQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was written by three New Testament professors from 2 SBC seminaries. There are blurbs and endorsements from sixteen NT professors and Greek scholars. Some of the notable names (for me) are William Mounce, Thomas Schreiner and Murray Harris. These alone are sufficient reasons for Greek instructors and students to get this book.
I would review this book as a former seminary student (who graduated) since seminary and college students are the target end users. But let me provide some information about the content of the book.
First, the book has 15 chapters, 2 appendices and 3 indexes. (name, subject, Scripture). The first chapter is about the Greek language and textual criticism. Chapters 2 to 12 are about grammar. Chapter 13 is about sentences, diagramming and discourse analysis. Chapter 14 is about word studies and chapter 15 is the conclusion (called Continuing with Greek). This design has teachers of Greek in mind.
Second, each chapter except the last one has a going deeper section (which shows the practical benefits of learning the chapter), the chapter objectives, the explanation of the chapters topic/s, a summary of the chapter in chart form, practice exercises, vocabulary and a reading section (Greek NT passage with notes). It was also stated that teachers can get extra resources via website deepergreek.com.
Third, the book was written with students in mind, with a material a student could read and digest, with the ultimate goal of producing competent exegetes and interpreters of the Word as pastors, missionaries and laypeople.
Fourth, the authors have chosen the five case system in their discussion of nouns.
Fifth, the authors hold that time exists in the indicative mood.
Now this would be a great book to use for the following reasons.
First, the layout of each chapter is user and reader friendly indeed. It is like a sermon. Going deeper is like the introduction, it helps you see the need for the lesson. The objective is like the sermons main point (homiletical/big idea), it tells you what you expect to learn. The lesson itself is like the body of the sermon, it gives you the information. The chapter summary is like a conclusion, it reviews the key points of the lesson. The practice exercises are the applications after listening to the sermon.
Second, I would agree with the authors. This book is readable and manageably digested material. It does not feel like you are reading too much information nor trying to read through a reference book. It was indeed written with students in mind. It is possible to go deep without being shallow. It is possible to be understandable yet scholarly.
Third, there are a good number of Biblical examples (about 2 5) in discussing the grammatical function in the text itself with more in the footnotes (for a number of the functions). I find that reading the illustrative Biblical examples as shown in the book very helpful in understanding the grammatical category while looking at the other examples will be helpful in further sharpening the knowledge.
Fourth, it is economical. With the extra vocabulary and practice exercises (and the reading the NT section), no need to buy an extra lexical aids and a separate workbook.
Fifth, the summary charts at the end of each chapter can be used for a quick review/reference when studying a text (or studying for a test).
Sixth, the last chapter is an encouragement (as well as a challenge) to continue using Greek with practical and doable advice in using, maintaining and growing in Greek.
My only criticism is the Reading the NT section. Reading the NT passage and the notes are helpful but placing them at the end of each chapter seems not helpful. There are grammatical notes that are beyond the chapter or previous chapters. Maybe in a revision (or a reprint), put them at the end of the book as an appendix that can be read after the semester or after chapter 12.
So how can this book be useful in seminary classes? This book would have been a good textbook for an intermediate Greek grammar class or one of several books for an advance Greek grammar class. In an advance grammar class, the categories (and terminologies & viewpoints) of different grammars can be compared including their Biblical examples. The Reading of the NT section with notes can even be used to practice applying and comparing and contrasting the different grammars. The appendix of the noun and article charts of 12 grammars is something the class can look like (maybe using 3 or 4 grammar books).
This book is also appropriate for an introductory Greek exegesis. It can be the textbook reference for the grammar aspect of exegesis. A student who just completed a first year basic Greek can transition in using this book to help in understanding grammar in exegeting the Greek text. This can also be used as a supplemental reading if the instructor is using another intermediate grammar textbook. Its layout and readability would help in easing the difficulty of understanding another language.
I received this book for free from B & H Academic to review here and elsewhere.
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A grammar that I would not be without!!July 22, 2016John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Going Deeper with New Testament Greek by Andreas J. Kstenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer is a refreshing alternative to some of the more commonly used intermediate Greek grammars on the market. Kstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer have provided the reader with a unique collaborative effort that is both sensitive to the ongoing needs of the classroom and conscious of the impending deficiency within the developing genre of intermediate Greek grammars. This accomplishment has quickly situated Going Deeper with New Testament Greek as a preferred grammar for at least three reasons: (1) readability, (2) content, and (3) organization.
Unlike most grammars on the market (especially intermediate grammars), Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is a Greek grammar that is enjoyable to readeven cover-to-cover. Sure this book will still function well as a reference work for future consulting. However, for those who will be assigned to read it for class or those who are doing so independently, Kstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer have crafted an experience that will enrich understanding without putting the reader in a coma. To be completely honest, it reads so well that it was difficult for me to put down. Those familiar with the landscape of Greek grammars will recognize the uniqueness of such characteristic and keep coming back for more.
The content of most Greek grammars is identical. There may be different ways to explain a particular grammatical concept or construction, but minimal divergence is to be expected. What is truly unique about Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is that the scope of the volume extends well beyond grammatical concepts and constructions alone, into other related disciplines closely associated with intermediate Greek. That is, Kstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer have intentionally included material on textual criticism, sentence diagramming, discourse analysis, word studies, and more. By including exposure to these other areas of Greek studies, the reader can further invest the learned material in more ways than mere recognition.
The organization of a grammar is almost as important as the content itself. It is the means through which content is effectively communicated. For me, this is one of the most appealing aspects of Going Deeper with New Testament Greek. Kstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer have clearly taken extra care to safeguard that the content through the means of organization. Each chapter opens with a brief example of how the content aids the understanding of Scripture (the payoff of the material), followed by several examples from the New Testament in both English and Greek. Each chapter closes with practice sentences, a vocabulary list, a reading from the New Testament (with verse-by-verse grammatical explanation), and summary charts for quick review.
Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is a Greek grammar that I would not be without. It is a joy to read, easy to digest, and goes above and beyond in both content and organization. The only suggestion that I would have is a small aesthetic recommendation. The book is rather small in comparison to the other grammars on the market, which in turn sacrifices margin room for notetaking. I know this is a minor quarrel, but even an additional half inch would do a world of difference. This small shortcoming aside, I am confident that Going Deeper with New Testament Greek will be the first Greek grammar off my shelf for the foreseeable future, as well as the first Greek grammar I recommend to those interested in going deeper with New Testament Greek. It comes highly recommended!
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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