Read It In Greek

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This book focuses on reading the Greek text yet teaches enough syntax to enable students to effectively to deal with texts throughout the New Testament. The grammatical explanations are exceptionally clear and understandable, are based where possible on English usage, and are always related to what has been encountered in the reading.
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In American seminaries today, there is a very limited amount of time available to most students for language study. And yet, a working knowledge of the original language of the New Testament is imperative for informed exegesis of the biblical texts. Written with this difficult situation in mind, Read It in Greek offers a concise, one-semester introduction to the Greek language of the New Testament.

Taking a unique, inductive approach to the study of Greek, this text focuses on reading the Greek-1 John is read through from beginning to end-yet also teaches enough syntax to enable students to interact with all of the New Testament. The book also integrates into the language course lessons in exegesis of the Greek text, resulting in immediate, usable skills that will allow students to look behind the facade of modern-language translations and to follow discussions in technical commentaries and other scholarly works. Students who go beyond the first semester to further study of the language will find it easy to refine the general concepts taught here. Those who do not will have begun reading the Greek New Testament and will have the resources necessary to continue doing so.

Originally published as The New Testament Is in Greek: A Short Course for Exegetes, this volume continues to be one of the best resources available for quickly-yet effectively-introducing students to the reading of New Testament Greek.

From The Critics

This book focuses on reading the Greek text yet teaches enough syntax to enable students to effectively to deal with texts throughout the New Testament. The grammatical explanations are exceptionally clear and understandable, are based where possible on English usage, and are always related to what has been encountered in the reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Countryman ably succeeds in his goal of providing for novice exegetes a one-semester introduction to the Hellenistic Greek of the New Testament.
Reformed Theological Review
Well-written from an educational point of view. The lessons build well on each other.
Deirdre J. Good
"Extremely user-friendly, and much more than a grammar, this book will educate and delight would-be preachers, seminarians, lay folk, and others interested in "good Bible study.""
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806659
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Basic Elements
The Alphabet
Punctuation and Other Signs

LESSON II 1 John 1:1

"Person" and "Number" of Verbs
Basic Sentence Types and What Goes into Them—A Quick and Dirty Review

LESSON III 1 John 1:2-3a

A Case of Cases
Gender and Parsing
The Definite Article
  • Paradigm of the Definite Article

LESSON IV 1 John 1:3b-5

The Relative Pronoun
Basic Forms of Nouns: First and Second Declensions

LESSON V1 John 1:6-7

Personal Pronouns

LESSON VI 1 John 1:8-10

The Two "Selfs"

LESSON VII 1 John 2:1-3

  • Vocabulary List

  • Grammar
    Personal Pronouns for First and Second Persons Singular
    Forms of the Third Declension

LESSON VIII 1 John 2:4-6

Indirect Discourse
Personal Endings of Verbs
  • Synopsis of Verb Endings

LESSON IX 1 John 2:7-11

Verb Tenses
  • Table of Consonants
  • Redundancy

LESSON X 1 John 2:12-17

More Indicators of Tense
  • Analyzing Greek Verbs

LESSON XI 1 John 2:18-25

Some Distinctive Adjectives
The Subjunctive
The Textual Apparatus (I)

LESSON XII 1 John 2:26-3:3

Demonstrative Pronouns
The Textual Apparatus (II)

LESSON XIII 1 John 3:4-10

Deponent Verbs
"Voice" in Verbs
Principles of Text Criticism

LESSON XIV 1 John 3:11-18

First and Second Aorists
Irregular Verbs
The Punctuation Apparatus

LESSON XV 1 John 3:19-24

Comparison of Adjectives
Cross References

LESSON XVI 1 John 4:1-6

The Verb eiµí
Contract Verbs
Using the Lexico

LESSON XVII 1 John 4:7-12

Some Johannine Vocabulary

LESSON XVIII 1 John 4:13-17

Verbs with Liquid and Nasal Stems
Word Groups

LESSON XIX 1 John 4:18-21

Review of Verbs: Tenses
Using a Concordance (I)

LESSON XX 1 John 5:1-5

Review of Verbs: Forms
Using a Concordance (II)

LESSON XXI 1 John 5:6-12

Tenses in Participles
The Importance of Context

LESSON XXII 1 John 5:13-17

Participles and Subordinate Clauses
Basic Books for an Exegetical Library
  • Bibliography

LESSON XXIII 1 John 5:18-21

The Genitive Absolute
Some Concluding Remarks on Exegesis


A Further Use of the Infinitive

LESSON XXV 3 John; John 1:1-18


I. Substantives
A. Nouns of the First Declension
B. Nouns of the Second Declension
C. Substantives Using First and Second Declension Forms
D. Nouns of the Third Declension
E. Other Substantives Using Third Declension Forms
F. Personal Pronouns
G. Comparison of Adjectives
II. Verbs
A. eiµí, be
B. Tenses of the O-Verb
C. Participles of the O-Verb
D. Contract Verbs
E. MI-Verbs: Two Examples
III. Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs
IV. Accentuation: A Simplified Account
A. Syllables and Individual Accents
B. Accents on Substantives
C. Accents on Verbs

Glossary and Index

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