Verbs are one of the most important aspect in any language, including New Testament Greek. There are many resources available addressing the study of verbs specifically. I would like to present a new addition to the study of difficult and irregular Greek verbs. The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Verbs: Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament, by Jon C. Laansma and Randall X. Gauthier.
The quality of a book should not be only assessed by its content but also by its efficacy in accomplishing its purpose. Some people may find this handy guide to be too condensed (80 pages, including indexes), but as indicate by its title, it is a handy guide and an aid for readers. This volume does not pretend to present a deep study of the Greek verbs, but to help readers to navigate thought the reading of the New Testament in its original language, and this book accomplishes its purpose so well.
The authors have divided this guide into two parts. Part one presents a frequency list of difficult and irregular principal parts. Part two provides an alphabetical list of verbs with their compounds. Then the book is complemented with two appendixes. Appendix I offers the conjugation of the verb εἰμί. Appendix II includes an explanation of the perfect and pluperfect indicative and the optative mood.
Tables and colors in page design will help readers to have a pleasant experience while reading this guide. The authors have arranged the verbs in a logical and compressible manner, so readers can find and identify the verb under study without any problem.
This handy guide is extremely recommendable for students and experienced readers of the Greek New Testament, as this volume will assist readers in dealing with difficult and regular verbs.
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