Review: @KregelAcademic: The Handy Guide to New Testament Greek: Grammar, Syntax, and Diagramming

Thanks to Kregel Academic for this review copy:

First, these handy guides are just that: hand-sized and at-hand guides designed to help the professional student. Second, this guide in particular is a perfect of example of a book getting the meat of the subject, if your will, and not wasting time on the author’s peculiar interests. It is divided into three parts, tackling the three main areas of learning Greek. Part I looks at the basic rules of Greek Grammar (even including a phonics chart) while Part II looks at syntax, leaving the final third of the book to review diagramming. The book is made complete with a well organized selected bibliography.

In spending no small amount of time with this book, I was impressed with the magnitude of it. The great thing about learning Greek is the necessity to relearn it from time to time, but one does have not have the time to restudy all of the text books already devoured. While this book does not purport to teach you Greek, it does serve to unlock your memory (if you have learned it, that is) as well as develop the first year student just a bit more.

One of the better features of this book is the colorful charts as well as the use of color in declensions and the like. This helps the eyes after a long day of looking at black and white books. Another of the features not to be missed is the design of the book. The writing is accessible and geared to self-indulgence — rather, it is geared to being portable and an easy-to-understand book allowing for the student to need only the book and some free time. It is also available, I am sure, to help teachers out in dealing with students who may have had some time between semesters of Greek. This is the place to restart your Greek language.

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Seriously, that right thar is a beautiful hand model

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