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New Testament Greek: An Introduction
McLean, B. H.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 pp. x + 266. $32.99


Description: This book provides a general introduction to the grammar and syntax of Hellenistic, or New Testament, Greek. Comprised of 24 chapters, it is suitable for a two-semester course. Each lesson is structured around equipping students to read passages drawn directly from the Greek New Testament. In addition to the traditional Erasmian system, students are offered the option of using a historical Greek system of pronunciation similar to that used in early Christian preaching and prayer. The book includes extensive reference tools, including paradigms for memorization, grammatical appendices, and illustrations. The text is accompanied by a Web site that offers a workbook of passages for translation. Each chapter of the grammar concludes with a vocabulary list of Greek terms that appear in that lesson's assigned passage for translation, found in the online workbook. Audio recordings of all vocabulary words and translation passages, using the historical Greek system of pronunciation, are provided online. • provides the instructor and students the choice of using the historical Greek pronunciation system, or, the traditional Erasmian system. Audio recordings are provided online of all vocabulary and passages for translation. • Students will read continuous sections of Greek New Testament (John 1-6, Matt 9:9-13) rather than artificial classroom sentences, and the online workbook includes additional translation passages as well as syntactical and parsing questions. • includes an exhaustive summary of all grammatical paradigms in the appendices.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Greek

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Review by Hennie Stander
Published 3/22/2013
Citation: Hennie Stander, review of B. H. Mclean, New Testament Greek: An Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Daniel L. Smith
Published 9/17/2013
Citation: Daniel L. Smith, review of B. H. McLean, New Testament Greek: An Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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