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Greek for the Rest of Us: Using Greek Tools Without Mastering Biblical Greek Paperback – 20 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310282896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310282891
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I bought this book a few months ago, along with the sister book "Hebrew for the Rest of us". I've not made a lot of progress with this Greek book, but that's down to my not committing the necessary time to the subject (that's a New Year Resolution). The content and style of the book fit my need and expectation and the on-line lectures are really good and easy to follow. I didn't expect an easy ride, and am not getting one but that could be more down to the fact that I'm a busy 65 year old who has never been good at languages. But I will persist. Get back to me in a year or two and I'll let you know how I'm getting on.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e083288) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0ef150) out of 5 stars Practical level of Greek Understanding 14 Feb. 2008
By G. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
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William Mounce has provided a priceless tome that allows almost anyone who can read the ability to understand Greek.

I acknowledge at the outset that you will not become a Greek scholar by reading this book. Instead, this book allows one to leverage a basic understanding of Greek with Bible reference tools to gain a greater understanding and a more accurate understanding of God's Word.

This book is practical beyond words.

You see, I studied both Greek and Hebrew years ago. As I was working through my studies I got to a point where I wondered if what I was studying would ever come into play in my daily Bible study. In short, I questioned just how much I would use (and subsequently remember) of my studies. So, I eventually settled for a level of knowledge that this book provides. And if you are observant, you'll always see references to pastors and teachers being "rusty" in the biblical languages. Why are they rusty? Through lack of use. And it's no wonder: We have so much available to us by way of reference tools that even if you did spend two years in seminary in original language study you'd probably never use all of what you studied to begin with.

Keep in mind that there will never be a substitute for actually studying Greek and Hebrew. But for most of us, books like this when combined with the wealth of print and electronic reference works will unlock the Bible and provide us with more accurate exegesis than just an English translation alone.

Highly recommended for those who want to go deeper in their biblical studies yet want to do so in a practical manner.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e66d174) out of 5 stars Great for Those Who Want to Use Greek Without Learning Paradigms! 10 Feb. 2009
By A. C. Parchen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have taken three years of Koine Greek and recently taught a six week course at a local church with this book. Overall, I think it is a great resource. I think many Christians are interested in a deeper study of the Bible, but without a decent amount of time on your hands to learn and practice Greek vocab and paradigms, it's difficult to take the next step. This book allows you to understand how the Greek language works without actually learning it. Pairing this book with the Interlinear for the Rest of Us could really open up one's Bible study.

I have a few criticisms to consider, however. Mounce is coming from a fairly conservative, Protestant viewpoint. This really colors his work (although he points that out several times, which I really appreciate.) If you are not a conservative Protestant, you will just want to be aware of that going in, but I think it is still very useful for other less conservative branches of Christianity.

There was, unfortunately, no index or summaries at the end of the book for easy reference. This is a big disadvantage for using Greek for the Rest of Us as a resource. If I were to teach the class again, I would try to make one in advance to give out to the students.

The most disappointing part about the book to me is that the exercises are not keyed to an interlinear, and they don't even use interlinear verses at all (from what I can recall). Most of the exercises do not include any Greek whatsoever. Instead, they show different English translations, which, working backwards, the readers are expected to guess at what the Greek behind it is. I think this would be a difficult and potentially perilous exercise, and I also think it would be disappointing to someone interested in getting acquainted with "Baby Greek," as he calls it. If you do get the book, I highly recommend getting an interlinear (that has parsings for all the words) and use it as an answer key, at the very least.

Overall, this is a great idea and a very helpful resource. I really enjoyed teaching from it and would use it again in the future if it fit the needs of the class.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb41108) out of 5 stars Great book for bible study 10 Jun. 2009
By G. L. Sinsley - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite what the name implies this isn't so much a Greek textbook as it is a book about Bible study. You do learn the Greek alphabet and the forms of Greek verbs, but not with the goal of learning the language, so much as learning how to read good commentaries. Along the way you also learn a lot about English grammar and how to break a passage apart and find it's main ideas. So if you want to learn Greek, you should look elsewhere, but if you want to become a better student of God's Word, this is the book to read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0f039c) out of 5 stars Greek for the Rest of Us .. makes greek become english not gibberish 17 Nov. 2009
By Robert D. Rinehart - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well constructed book for those who seek a working knowledge of biblical text that is predicated on good greek interpretation and not just on an author's view of scriptural content. It gives an individual the ability to decide how well a given interpretation agrees with what the literal greek is trying to communicate. A great study aid.
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HASH(0x9e838264) out of 5 stars Greek for the language-impaired 15 Nov. 2010
By C. Berumez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a useful book for beginners in Koine (New Testament) Greek. Mounce presents the material in such a way that, although already having a good grasp of English grammar would be helpful, it isn't necessary. The text and instructions are clear enough for people of any education level to understand, provided they don't try to rush through the text. I'm most certainly not a languages person, but I enjoyed "Greek for the Rest of Us", and would say that reading it was a good use of my time.
As a caveat, I need to add that serious study of any language requires effort, so again, don't think you can rush through and get the full value of the lessons. Also, it would be a good idea to order the workbook that Mounce wrote as an accompaniment this book.
All in all, if you are interested in Koine Greek but have little or no training in the language, Mounce's "Greek for the Rest of Us" is a good way to start.
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