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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar

by William D. Mounce

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First published in 1993, Basics of Biblical Greek is the most popular introduction to the field, used in universities and seminaries around the world. Over 250,000 students have learned biblical Greek under its guidance. This significant third edition has been carefully developed in consultation with instructors, students, self-learners, and homeschoolers.   Users can now take advantage of the many improvements made to the book's website, www.BillMounce.com, where they will find--for free--an online course that walks students through every chapter, vocabulary flashcards, video and audio helps, Greek fonts, quizzes for each chapter, fun songs and games, and much more.   Now in a larger size, with an attractive 2-color design, the third edition adds an element of fun, with encouragement, songs, and more, which appear in the margins. Chapter 35 has been split into two chapters, "half-time review" sections have been added to every chapter, and new exegesis sections are now included. These and other improvements serve to enhance the learning experience and will continue BBG's legacy as the premier introduction to biblical Greek.… (more)



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i have the pdf version of both the textbook and workbook of the series. it does not correspond to the hardcopy pages numbers and was very difficult to leverage the material in class. When I confronted the author through email, the representative offered no remedy to the problem. ( )
  Alex_Szabo | Nov 2, 2018 |
This book is part of my collection that really focuses in on Biblical Commentary more than anything else (including some well known authors in the theological world). All of these books haven't been read cover to cover, but I've spent a lot of time with them and they've been helpful in guiding me through difficult passages (or if I desire to dig deeper). ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jul 31, 2018 |
I took Spanish in high school (a correspondence course) and I must say that I wish that the textbook and workbooks for that class were produced in the same format as this Greek Grammar. Mounce teaches in a compare/contrast style. Throughout the book he teaches, or reminds you of, English grammar and then gives you the Greek grammar. It is at times quite different from the English equivalent but the contrast actually helps one understand it more. He will also give you examples of things you will learn later on in the book and tell you not to try to learn them yet since, "They are given just to expose you to the concepts." I like that as repetition helps things stick in my mind.

Mounce has a little character called 'the professor' who appears throughout the book giving you fun facts about what you are learning, summaries of what you have just learned and more information as well. Though a bit weird, it proves to be quite helpful and interesting. I love the incentives the author gives for studying each chapter by means of written examples by preachers and teachers showing the importance of each grammatical point for exegetical study. For instance, at the beginning of his chapter about infinitives, Mounce has an exegetical insight from Darrell Bock demonstrating how infinitives often "complete important ideas". He uses the example of 1 Corinthians 15:25 which reads, "For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet." (ASV) The tense of the word for 'reign',βασιλευειν,is an infinitive in the present tense, describing a continuous action. "this present infinitive explains what is necessary about what God is in the process of doing through Jesus…Paul stresses that Jesus is in the process of ruling until the job of subjecting everything under his feet is complete." So, in order to properly interpret passages like this, one needs to understand Greek infinitives.

Mounce has come up with many ways, including what I have mentioned above, to encourage your persevering with learning Greek. At the end of some chapters he has 'exegesis' sections that show you how what you have learned is used in exegesis. And at the end of every chapter he has a section showing you the percentage of what you have learned of the total words in the New Testament. By the time you finish chapter 6 you'll have learned 36.79%of the total word count in the New Testament. And before I forget, I must also mention that Mounce has many free resources online that compliment this grammar, including a program called "FlashWorks" which exercises your memory of the Greek words you have been learning. You may tell it what chapter you are on and it will drill you accordingly.

I highly recommend this Grammar, it is deliberately geared towards keeping you focused on the many benefits of learning Greek because of its great value as a tool in the proper exegesis of the Word of God.

Many thanks to Zondervan for sending me a free review copy of this book(my review did not have to be favorable)
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  SnickerdoodleSarah | Apr 13, 2016 |
Please. If you want to teach Greek, teach Greek, not your theology. As a teaching tool, this may be highly regarded... but it just grates to be hit over the head with the author's ideas. If I'm learning to read the Bible, it's because I want to develop my understanding of my theology, not William D. Mounce's. And if I'm learning koine to read something else (e.g. Josephus, Philo, LXX), then I have even less use for something that insists αυτος means "He," not he/she/it.

Yes, I'm still grumpy about the introduction. And the whole approach. Be sure you can stomach before you buy. ( )
  waltzmn | Feb 18, 2015 |
This is where it started for me. ( )
  chriszodrow | Mar 10, 2014 |
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ο νομος του κυριου αμωμος,

επιστρεφων ψυχας·


η μαρτυρια κυριου πιστη,

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τα δικαιωματα κυριου ευθεια,

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This text is affectionately dedicated to my parents
Bob and Jean Mounce.
It is my wish that a study of biblical Greek will help to produce in you the same qualities in both their lives: a love for their Lord and His Word; an informed ministry based on His Word; a sense of urgency to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those they meet.
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A publisher once told me that the ratio of Greek grammars to Greek professors is ten to nine.
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2 editions of this book were published by Zondervan.

Editions: 0310250870, 0310287685

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