- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: B&H ACADEMIC; 1 edition (May 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433679086
- ISBN-13: 978-1433679087
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
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Going Deeper With New Testament Greek Hardcover – May 1 2016
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"Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is certain to become a standard among intermediate Greek grammars. Not only is this grammar readable and grounded in exegesis, but it includes a number of features not normally seen in this category, such as a built-in Greek reader, vocabulary lists, exercises, summary tables, and guides for discourse analysis, textual criticism, and word studies. Informed by the latest research on topics such as verbal aspect and the middle voice, the grammar also incorporates the best of traditional grammatical approaches. Going Deeper is up to date, built for the classroom, and aimed at careful exegesis of the Greek New Testament. While I differ on some points, it is my first choice for the classroom."
Constantine R. Campbell, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Going Deeper provides the teacher and student an intermediate grammar designed for their specific needs. While it can function as a reference grammar, it works best as a book to be read from cover to cover. Its many unique features such as the narrative introductions, vocabulary lists, and biblical texts for reading encourage the student to not only learn but apply what they have read. I am particularly grateful to see the final chapters on sentence structures, grammatical diagramming, and discourse analysis. When you add in its substantive interaction with Wallace's grammar, it makes Going Deeper an excellent intermediate grammar."
William Mounce, BiblicalTraining.org
"In recent years there has been an explosion in the study of Greek syntax, but it is difficult for new students to know the terrain. Kӧstenberger, Merkle, and Plummer have written a wonderfully clear text which I think will become a standard in the field. The book is a 'one-stop shop' so that everything students need to know in a second-year Greek course is contained here. It seems strange to say that a Greek grammar is a delight to read, but if that can ever be said about a grammar, it applies to this book! Professors and students will profit remarkably from this outstanding work."
Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"There are many beginning Greek grammars and some few reference grammars, but there are not that many works which help students in the transition from learning paradigms and elementary Greek syntax to reading the Greek of the New Testament. Going Deeper with New Testament, authored by three experienced Greek scholars, is such a transitional book that combines some intermediate syntax discussion with selected readings in the New Testament. The readings are followed by detailed notes on the grammar, translation, and interpretation of each verse in the selection that will be of immense help to students and will also provide valuable review for pastors and others who want to refresh their knowledge of Greek. This text is a welcome addition to any Greek student's library."
S. M. Baugh, Westminster Seminary California
About the Author
Benjamin L. Merkle, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books including40 Questions about Elders and Deacons, Why Elders? A Biblical and Practical Guide for Church Members, andThose Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline.
Robert L. Plummer, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books, including40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, Journeys of Faith, and Pauls Missionary Methods.
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- The authors successfully walk the fine line between writing simply and writing simplistically, which is extremely important for a grammar aimed at amateurs. Many students of the language have probably read a grammar that seems to be twice as long as it needs to be or, on the other hand, far too short to get a firm grasp on the concepts being explained. Going Deeper avoids both pitfalls.
- Similarly, the writers clearly knew their audience. Many Greek grammars are written by scholars for scholars who probably don’t need them in the first place. Going Deeper is written and structured for the student, using language and examples that amateur readers of Greek at all stages can understand.
- Unlike some popular intermediate grammars, Going Deeper explains the examples it gives, helping the reader to develop his own competency in the language rather than simply trusting the Greek grammarian.
- Even after a student has worked through multiple single sentence examples, they are still often intimidated when they finally lay their eyes on the large portions of discourse found in the GNT. Going Deeper’s “Reading the New Testament” sections are perfect for helping with just such an issue, exposing the student to large portions of text with the guiding hand of a seasoned Greek scholar.
- The summaries in the back of the chapters are an amazing quick reference tool for the reader who needs a simple refresher and doesn’t want to thumb through an entire chapter.
- Anecdotal stories at the beginning of the chapters help the reader immediately feel the importance of learning the Greek language. For example, does Titus 2:13 explicitly call Jesus God (θεος)? The Granville Sharp rule would seem to indicate yes. Or why should John 1:1b be translated "the Word was God” and not the “the Word was a God” as Jehovah’s witnesses argue? Going Deeper provides the answer--Colwell’s Rule. Although many beginning Greek students groan at learning such tedious rules, Going Deeper demonstrates how they immediately impact the textual grounds for doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith (e.g., the divinity of Christ).
- Furthermore, Going Deeper incorporates modern linguistic research of Greek into their explanations of the language. For example, does a verb being in the aorist tense mean that the action is punctiliar? Possibly but not necessarily. Or is their such a category as deponent in the Greek language? Probably not. Numerous sermons and even systematics texts are filled with arguments based on misunderstandings of the Greek language such as these. Going Deeper will help the student avoid these sorts of errors.
- The authors knew that Going Deeper would not be a one stop shop, and thus, they list numerous resources for further study.
- Lastly and most importantly, the authors try to help the readers understand Greek as Greek. Too often, beginning readers of the GNT try to prematurely move from the Greek to an English translation and overstep how the actual Greek fits together in the process. The explanations in Going Deeper avoid such errors by describing the function the cases, the moods, the tenses, etc. rather than just explaining how they should be translated in English.
All in all, Going Deeper is a pedagogically sensitive resource that will hopefully produce many competent readers of the GNT.
There is a small problem if you use the Kindle version. I found the characters in bold in printed text sometimes do not distinguish clearly on my Kindle paperwhite. I checked the same texts on my iPad and Android tablet and they are fine. I hope Amazon can rectify this problem in future release.
Finally, this book was a joy to read! If you're considering the best next step after introductory Greek, choose this text. If you work through it, you will benefit mightily.