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A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek
Funk, Robert W.

Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2013 pp. xxvi + 582.3rd Edition. $48

Description: Traditional Greek grammars are based on the philological method that assumes meaning resides in single words and that learning a language consists of memorizing vocabulary and nominal and verbal paradigms. The linguistic method, developed during the twentieth century, argues that meaning resides in units of speech, like sentences, not in single words, and that what is needed to learn a language is familiarity with its basic sentence patterns (its syntax), not memorization of vocabulary lists. Originally published in three volumes in 1973, Robert Funkís classic Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek utilizes the insights of modern linguistics in its presentation of the basic features of ancient Greek grammar. Since modern linguistics aims to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive, Funkís Grammar highlights the bread-and-butter features of New Testament Greek, rather than how it deviates from classical Greek. Now redesigned and reformatted for ease of use, this single-volume third edition makes Funkís ground-breaking work available once more.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Greek

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Review by James W. Voelz
Published 5/13/2015
Citation: James W. Voelz, review of Robert W. Funk, A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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