Few people would have bet that Wallace's Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament could have been summarized in six pages, but New Testament Greek Syntax Laminated Sheet (NTGSLS) does just that. This handsomely produced tool is part of Zondervan's "Get an A! Study Guides" series. Zondervan has done a remarkable job with this series, covering everything from church history to Hebrew paradigms. What makes NTGSLS different are two things: first, as far as I know, Greek syntax has never before been summarized on a laminated sheet (and in six pages no less!); second, the price is $6.99--the same price as other laminated sheets in the series that span just four pages.
And no, the font size is not 3 points. The whole thing is quite readable, using large headings for the various categories of syntax and multiple colors so that you can instantly navigate your way through the material. NTGSLS is also innovative in its layout: the six pages are really a single tri-fold, with the third section being slightly smaller than the first two. Three holes on the inside margins of the first two sections anchor the whole sheet to a notebook, and the third section folds out from the second.
Wallace has summarized his grammar twice before--the first time in about forty pages in "Syntax Summaries" at the back of his Exegetical Syntax; the second, in the abridgment of that 850-page grammar, The Basics of New Testament Syntax. But here, the purpose is a bit different. NTGSLS defines virtually every syntactical category that is found in the abridged grammar, as well as a few others that are only found in Exegetical Syntax. As such, it is designed to jog your memory of categories that are discussed at length (often with extended exegetical insights) in the large grammar. But once you get the gist of either The Basics or Exegetical Syntax, using NTGSLS is a great way to work through A Workbook for New Testament Syntax, co-authored by Wallace and Grant Edwards. [See my Amazon review of the Workbook.]
I'm amazed at how much this tool reinforces things learned and keeps confusing categories of usage in the frontal lobe. Seeing them all at a glance brings order out of chaos. Further, the creative and pedagogically helpful layout makes finding any usage very easy. There are four charts in the laminated sheet, all of which help to remind you of the various uses: flow chart on the article, spatial functions of prepositions, periphrastic participles, and structure of conditional sentences.
Another useful feature is the use of bold titles vs. regular type titles for various syntactical uses. The bold titles are used for the more common usages, while the non-bold titles are for the less common but important usages. So, for example, the genitive case has eleven bold titles and seven non-bold titles. You can instantly see which usages are more and less common. Not all the genitive uses are found in the laminated sheet, but the major (and several minor) uses are. Working through the Workbook with the laminated sheet at your side will make wrestling with syntax far more convenient--and even fun!
I enthusiastically recommend NTGSLS to anyone who is learning Greek syntax from one of Wallace's grammars, working through the Workbook, or who simply wants to brush up on his or her Greek. In fact, you might think about buying two copies so that you can always have one with you!