New Testament Greek study has become a required are of study in almost every seminary. However, discrepancies regarding the most effective approach are still common among scholars. Because of that and for other reasons, novice students may feel intimidated by Greek studies. At this point, a helpful and efficient introduction to New Testament Greek is crucial.
Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application (A. Chadwick Thornhill, 2016) is a recently released Greek resource for beginners published by Baker. As it is common and necessary among introductory Greek books, it begins with an introduction to Koine and a table containing the Greek alphabet. Thornhill provides an introduction to the study of grammar, including phrases, clauses, and conjunctions. The first three chapters are devoted to that.
The author graciously inserts a chapter (4) where he comments resources for navigating the Greek New Testament. That is of great help considering this is a book for beginners who do not know where to start. Interlineal Bibles, lexicons, analytical lexicons/parsing aids, concordances, and grammar resources are included in this chapter. Thornhill adapts his work to new generations by providing online resources for the study of the Koine Geek. Something I personally miss is the inclusion of software and computer programs available today that have become of great help for students of the New Testament Greek. The resources the author includes are free, while most of the programs require payment (BibleWorks, Logos, etc.)
Then the author moves to grammar issues, and chapter 5 is an introduction to Greek Verbs and Nominals. He states verbs “are the movers and shakers od languages” (Thornhill, 2016, p. 35). He includes person, number, voice, tense, time, and every pertinent aspect that must be addressed in the study of Greek verbs. From here to chapter 13, the book focuses on grammatical issues at an introductory level. Chapters 14 through 18 are complementary chapters that help readers to apply what can be learned from this book. Chapter 15 is a comparison of some English translations, while Chapter 17 is a call to avoid the study of words as if this approach will constitute a solid contribution to the understanding of the New Testament Greek. Thornhill alerts readers about the dangers of using this approach. Chapter 19 is of great help as it addresses the grammar of theology. In this chapter, the author comments on hermeneutical issues and how Geek grammar fits into it, including historical context. The appendixes included at the end of the book are also of great help for those initiating in the study of the New Testament Greek.
Summarizing, this book is called to become an outstanding book for those who want to initiate their studies of the New Testament Greek by themselves or in seminary. The author made a great effort in providing a clear introduction to the study of Greek. The only objection that can be made is the non-inclusion of electronic resources (pronunciation of words, for example) directly linked to this book, though the author refers to online external resources that include that. I anticipate this book will be a primary resource for decades to serve those initiating in the study of Greek.
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