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A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek [Paperback]

William D. Mounce
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; annotated edition edition (15 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205821
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This companion to Basics of Biblical Greek and Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics contains annotated readings from the New Testament designed for second-year students of the Greek language.

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Making the leap from the basics of biblical Greek to its real-life application can be a frustrating challenge for students of intermediate Greek. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek was developed to make the transition easier. It takes beginning exegetes from simple to progressively more difficult biblical texts. Students can now learn New Testament Greek the way they would any other language: through a graded program. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek applies an inductive method to learning intermediate Greek grammar. It provides a workable introduction to exegesis, word studies, and developing a large vocabulary; and it assists the student in preparing for class, allowing classroom time to be put to its most effective use. - Twenty Greek passages are presented in graded order. - Difficult and unfamiliar grammatical constructions are explained. - All words that occur fewer than 20 times in the New Testament are defined. - An "Exegetical Discussion" section helps the exegete gain a deeper understanding of the language. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek is the result of ten years of use and refinement by the author in an actual classroom setting.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best next step after a basic grammar 4 Oct 2001
This is a great next step once you have finished a first year grammar (I strongly recommend "The Basics of Biblical Greek" by the same author). After the hard slog of the basics this is the light at the end of tunnel! At last you can start to use your Greek! I found it great to start going through passages like this - it is what you started learning for in the first place.
Just remember that there is now a "summer vacation" book in the Zondervan series that fits in-between this one and "Basics". It is entitled "A Summer Greek Reader" by Goodrich & Diewert. This makes the transition from 1st yr - 2nd yr Greek even smoother!
When you have completed this "Graded Reader" there is a subsequent book in the Zondervan series entitled "Biblical Greek Exegesis" by Guthrie & Duvall. In the first part of this book they go through exactly the same passages as Mounce but in greater depth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for Intermediate Greek 25 Feb 1998
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Looking for an Intermediate Reader for Biblical Greek students? Look no further. This reader is a great tool for helping students move from beginning Greek to more difficult Greek. It also contains helps for Greek syntax and phrasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Of very limited value for 'self-learners' 17 Aug 2013
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm afraid I have to disagree with the other highly favourable reviews of this book.

The so-called 'explanatory notes' to each of the NT passages are full of questions, but without often even a clue as to the answers (or, frequently, even a clue as to where to find the answers.)

In addition, when you come to one of the New Testament's really noteworthy words, instead of interesting information, you'll find a footnote saying, 'Be sure to do a word study on this word.' Seriously, that's all. I mean, gee, thanks! - Like I would never have thought of that for myself!

And for me, that really sums up this book. I emphatically don't mind having to do the work myself, but when I have to do ALL of it by myself, it surely begs the question, 'So why on Earth do I need this book'?

True, it has a helpful section on 'Phrasing' as a means to draw out the meaning of a text, but that's only a few pages long. The rest is just a series of Biblical passages with glosses for the less-frequent words, and those not-terribly-helpful notes.

If you're thinking of buying this, I would recommend just getting yourself a 'Readers' Greek New Testament, and working through your favourite passages with a copy of Wallace's Grammar near at hand. (You're expected to have Wallace while using this book too. Actually, you're also expected to have several commentaries, and when the book DOES provide an 'answer', it's usually in the form of telling you to look one of them up. Again, something you could have done yourself without using this book as an intermediary)

At the very least you should browse this book in a bookshop before making your purchase, just to be clear on its limitations and the number of other books it expects you to purchase.

I can see it being wonderful as a reader in a classroom setting, but really if you're teaching yourself I think you'll find it frustrating and unhelpful.
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great for 1st year students at undergraduate level, you set the pace on this home study course. It is without any doubt beneficial for those who wish to advance there degrees further by reading ancient languages specifically when it is to compliment Theological degrees. After all the hard work is done you can advance further with your studies during the summer months to keep you on track.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Training Wheels for the New Testament 7 Jun 2002
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So. You've finished first-year Greek, you've got a lexicon at your side, maybe an advanced grammar as well; what's next? Dive straight into the Greek New Testament, clutching commentaries and reference works to keep you afloat? You could...but if you'd prefer to ease your way gently into the New Testament, consider putting the Nestle-Aland back on the shelf and first working your way through this reader. Its aim is to teach how to read Greek with facility, an essential skill for accurate exegesis and interpretation. Twenty selections survey nearly all the books of the New Testament and are not altered or abridged from their sources. To aid the learner, abundant footnoting navigates the hard parts and calls attention to nuances and important details. The novel system of phrasing taught in this book is easy to understand and should help the student still mastering Greek syntax to keep up with St. Paul and his long discursive sentences. Seminary students will appreciate the sample sermon outlines that accompany the early chapters, as examples of how to turn study into instruction.
This reader is meant to follow Mounce's well-received "Basics of Biblical Greek," but does not depend on it; you can come having studied from any textbook of basic Greek. It was also written to be compatible with Wallace's "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics," but, once again, does not explicitly require it.
Keep in mind that the sole purpose of this reader is for practice reading Greek, and you should not be disappointed with the contents. There are many things it does not include. It does not cover the manuscript tradition or the critical apparatus, or teach how to weigh variant readings. It does not set passages in their historical or Scriptural context, or address questions of dating and authorship. There is no treatment of stylistic differences or comparisons with non-biblical Koine. If Mounce had crammed in such information, this book would have been twice as long and probably not any more helpful. And while the readings are representative of the books of the New Testament (and Mounce usually explains in the headnotes why each passage was chosen), one should not assume that they form a mini-course in theology or represent the most canonical of the canonical.
Indeed, any teacher of NT Greek could draw up a similar set of graded readings for second-year students, but with this reasonably-priced book, all the work of transcribing and annotating is already done.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but the notes need work... 11 Mar 2007
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Mounce's "Graded Reader" is intended as a transitionary textbook for students who are in their second year of Greek. I give it three stars because, while it is better than any alternative I have found, I think it is lacking in several respects and is somewhat disappointing given the quality of Mounce's BBG.

The book consists of 20 extended passages in Koine Greek, coming primarily from the New Testament. The readings cover all four Gospels, several letters, and Revelation. In addition, a Septuagint Psalm is thrown in, as well as an excerpt from the Didache, one of the earliest teaching documents of the Church. In addition to the passages, there is an introductory section on a technique, developed by Mounce, called "phrasing." It is essentially a means of diagramming Greek sentences to clarify the relationships of the parts of the sentence. Also, the book has a synopsis of Wallace's extensive "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics," and a "cheat sheet" which lists the various cases, tenses, etc., and their uses.

The passages themselves have footnotes, which are primarily used for vocabulary. The footnotes gloss words that occur 20 or fewer times, and in addition to a definition provide the number of occurrences of the word in the NT. This is useful for finding the words in Mounce's flash card deck, if you have that. Aside from the vocab notes, each page explains various theological and/or grammatical concepts. At the end of each passage is a grammar summary and reflections on the text. I agree with a previous reviewer that Mounce's theology can be ignored.

My biggest complaint about this book is that the commentary in the notes is not very useful. The footnotes consist primarily of references to other author's commentaries. They tend to be in this form: "Why did Paul use the aorist here? See John Doe, p. 100." This is not terribly helpful, since he references 15 or 20 books, few of which I have. If Mounce is simply going to refer to someone else's commentary, why not just buy the commentary and skip Mounce's book? Since 90% of his notes are question format (e.g., p.7 "What is the antecedent of auto?") without answer, they do serve to call attention to important concepts, but if you can't answer his question you are out of luck.

That Mounce is the master of morphology is certain. However, one can see from his BBG that he is light on syntax, and I found many challenging concepts unmarked even by one of his questioning footnotes. After struggling through Ch. 7 (Romans) with extreme frustration, I recalled that at the beginning of the chapter he said the grammar was not difficult. If Mounce is in tune with students' morphological struggles he is not in tune with their syntactical struggles. Nonetheless this book is more useful than a non-commented text, and better than the JACT New Testament reader. Still, one hopes that a better reader with commentary will show up some day.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars your own personal tutor in Biblical Greek 11 Feb 2006
By Refe Tuma - Published on Amazon.com
This workbook has been kept me on the right track thoughout my studies of Greek. In a fairly systematic way, Mounce introduces practical grammatical and syntactical ideas as they show up in the given texts and keys them into Wallace's grammar. This allows the student to inductively learn and retain more intermediate concepts while working in the New Testament without having to sit down and read Wallace cover to cover (which would take a long time...)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the self initiated 10 Aug 2009
By Glad Dad - Published on Amazon.com
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I am partially self-taught in Biblical Greek (one semester of Greek in bible college) and owe my success in this effort to Bill Mounce's excellent Grammar and Daniel Wallace's equally excellent Syntax volume. I purchased the graded reader after completing both and have been steadily working through it. Each chapter presents a passage of Scripture in Greek (though the last two chapters are from the LXX and Didache) with comments and questions about grammar, syntax, and even exegetical points. Each chapter is increased in difficulty. It serves to effectively illustrate many of the important points in the grammar and syntax books. My comprehension of Biblical Greek is better for it. It is a fun book to work through if you enjoy Greek. I wish it were the first in a series. Highly recommended.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant for self study 14 Jan 2004
By Randy Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
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First work through Basics including the workbook, then A Summer Greek Reader (for practice with easy syntax and additional vocablary memorization), then this. After that read the Greek New Testament with A Reader's Lexicon to cut down on time spent thumbing through the lexicon. Start with the gospels or Acts.
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