- Uses a verbal aspect approach (perfective, imperfective, stative).
- Very detailed and includes good discussions on things like accents.
- Good mix of noun and verb chapters as the grammar progresses.
- No reference to the definite article since Greek has no indefinite article.
- Liked the description of the middle voice as either reflexive, reciprocal, or proper.
- Good little summary on why you shouldn't believe in deponency.
- A short description of numerals signified in Greek (wish I had this when I was working on my 1 Esdras commentary).
- Work book is written in nice big letters and the exercises aren't too long or onerous.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
New Greek Grammar: Fundamentals of NT Greek
S.E. Porter, J.T. Reed, M.B. O'Donnell
Fundamentals of New Testament Greek (plus Work Book)
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.
Available at Amazon.com (with look inside feature)
When I learned Greek in seminary we used a mixture of William Mounce and John Wenham. It was okay, Mounce was certainly easier than some grammars to use, I learned NT Greek as I was supposed to, and the job got done. Both grammars had some problems. You have to wait an awful long time before you get to verbs in Mounce and Wenham's exercise were rather annoying when he tests you on the exceptions.
Amidst the variety of Greek Grammars out there, one I have to highlight is that written by Stan Porter and friends that came out late last year. It has some good features:
The only draw back I can think of is that you really need to learn the parsing abbreviations by rote in order to get the parsing. Sometimes you have to think twice in remembering stuff. For instance, Imperfect tense-form is "Im" and the Imperative mood is "Imp" (pp. xviii). Yet in the general abbreviations they are simplified as "Impf." and Imperative "Impv.". This could create confusion as to when and where and which Im(f/v) is being cited. But that's admittedly a minor criticism in a fine grammar.