Hellenistic and Biblical Greek: A Graduated Reader

Hellenistic and Biblical Greek: A Graduated Reader

by B. H. McLean


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This Hellenistic Greek reader is designed for students who have completed one or more years of Greek and wish to improve their reading ability and gain a better appreciation for the diversity of Hellenistic Greek. This goal can only be accomplished by working through a selection of Greek texts that reflect different styles, genres, provenances, and purposes. The seventy passages in this reader have been arranged into eight parts on the basis of their level of difficulty. Each passage is accompanied by grammatical support and vocabulary lists, as well as other aids to translation, including a cumulative glossary. The grammatical information is contained in the footnotes. The vocabulary lists are conveniently arranged below the Greek texts to which they refer. • Includes canonical and non-canonical Christian texts, Septuagint (prose and poetry), Jewish Pseudepigrapha, inscriptions, and Jewish and Hellenistic literary Greek. • Includes a Web component with more than thirty additional readings for classroom and independent use. • Passages offer a glimpse into the everyday life of Hellenistic Greeks, with themes such as sexuality, slavery, magic, apocalypticism, and Hellenistic philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107025585
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.17(w) x 10.24(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

B. H. McLean is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Knox College, University of Toronto. He is the author of Biblical Interpretation and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Cambridge University Press, 2012), New Testament Greek: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2011), An Introduction to the Study of Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine (323 BCE-337 CE) (2002) and Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the Konya Archaeological Museum (2002). He has taught introductory New Testament Greek for more than twenty years in four institutions, using a variety of textbooks, and serves as the Greek examiner for biblical doctoral candidates at the Toronto School of Theology.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Basic level: early Christian texts; 2. Basic level: the isometric translational Greek of the Septuagint (prose and poetry); 3. Intermediate level: Jewish recensional Greek; 4. Intermediate level: Hellenistic Greek; 5. High intermediate level: Hellenistic Greek; 6. Advanced level Hellenistic Greek: Jewish literary Greek; 7. Advanced level: inscriptions; 8. Advanced level Hellenistic Greek: atticizing and literary Greek; 9. Summary of verbal paradigms; Glossary.

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