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All in all I feel Duff is the better book, very clear for a lone student with ...
on 13 January 2015
I got this as a follow-up after working through "The Elements of New Testament Greek" by Jeremy Duff. The Mounce book starts by concentrating on nouns but I was thrown by two things. First it explains the endings and paradigms in a completely different way. For instance on page 32 it says that whereas most grammars (looking at eg "logos") regard the final stem vowel as part of the ending, this is both incorrect and makes learning Greek more difficult. ie The ending (nom sing) is -s, not as Duff says -os. I'm not at a stage where I can comment on which is correct but having followed Duff I couldn't bring myself to throw it all overboard and learn Mounce's way. Second the paradigms order the main cases as Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative. I think this may be normal in USA for both Latin and Greek but Duff uses N A G D (as we did very many years ago in schoolboy Latin in the 1950s) and again I decided not to do the mental gymnastics that following Mounce would need. Of course this would not matter for someone coming here from scratch. I'm less sure about the paradigms but I think I would have struggled to follow Mounce's explanation had I tried this book first. This also applies to his verb "rules". All in all I feel Duff is the better book, very clear for a lone student with no teacher. It has exercises with answers to most and Bible excerpts to try. The only extra - well worth while - is a pronounciation CD which covers both the vocabularies and the paradigms. Mounce has a separate workbook which I didn't buy. And Mounce also puts a little more stress on the exegetical side.