Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament  -     By: Andreas J. Kostenberger, Benjamin Merkle, Robert Plummer
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Once you've mastered the basics of a foreign language, then the fun begins. These skilled authors delve into intricate aspects of Koine Greek, so you can move toward full-fledged exegesis. Covers textual criticism, verbal aspect, sentence diagramming, discourse analysis, word studies, and more. 512 pages, hardcover. B&H.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.45 (inches)
ISBN: 1433679086
ISBN-13: 9781433679087

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From their decades of combined teaching experience, Andreas J. Köstenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer have produced an ideal resource enabling students to improve their skills so they may properly read, exegete, and apply the Greek New Testament. Designed for those with a basic knowledge of Greek, Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is a user-friendly textbook for intermediate Greek courses at the college or seminary level.
 
In fifteen chapters, students learn Greek grammar and how to interpret the New Testament in a way that is accessible—and even fun. Also included are chapters on the Greek language and textual criticism, verbal aspect, sentence diagramming and discourse analysis, word studies, and continuing with Greek.
 
Unique features include:
  • Practical examples illustrating how knowing the content of a given chapter can guide proper interpretation of Scripture.
  • Practice sentences and vocabulary lists, including all the words that occur fifteen times or more in the New Testament.
  • Selected texts from every New Testament author for students to translate along with detailed reading notes to guide interpretation of each text.
  • Summary charts to help students review material, serving as a handy study guide and quick reference tool.

Author Bio

Andreas J. Köstenberger, Ph.D., is senior professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founder of Biblical Foundations™ (www.biblicalfoundations.org), co-author of The Book Study Concordance, and co-editor of the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series.
 
Benjamin L. Merkle, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books including 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons, Why Elders? A Biblical and Practical Guide for Church Members, and Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline.
 
Robert L. Plummer, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books, including 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, Journeys of Faith, and Paul’s Missionary Methods.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great intermediate grammar to have as a student (in seminary and of the Word)
    August 27, 2016
    Angelo
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A grammar that I would not be without!!
    July 22, 2016
    John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Going 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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