English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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If you think that . . . * Aorist is a major artery of the heart * Clause is the surname of the fat guy in the red suit * Syntax is Uncle Sam's slice of alcohol and tobacco sales . . . then you need English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek. It's designed to help you get a quick brush-up on the English grammar you've either forgotten or never quite learned, in a way that ties directly to your first-year Greek studies. With chapters such as 'You Ain't Nothing but a Noun Dog' and 'Inflection: Trouble Understanding Yoda You Have, Yes?' this colorful, entertaining book compares elements of English grammar with similar elements in Greek grammar. It can either be used as a one-week intensive study to prepare for Greek grammar, or be readily incorporated into actual Greek studies. English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek features: * A brief summary of the scope of English grammar * Short, easy-to-read chapters * An introductory devotion in every chapter * Lessons coordinated with Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek * Tips for vocabulary memorization and sentence diagramming * Glossary
About the Author
Samuel Lamerson (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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I'm with the yanks on this - its great! last studied English Grammar over 40 years ago its a tad rusty. Seems really important sort English Grammar in order to take on Greek.
Find this wee book (110 pp) clear, informative, amusing, with many helpful diagrams and exercises which compliment the standard Grammars ( I'm using Mounce)
e.g. 'Trouble understanding, Yoda, you have, Yes? The Nature of inflected languages' - for a non linguist - a brilliant explanation.
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The premise of Lamerson's book is that in order to effectively learn the grammar of Greek you need to have some idea of the grammar of your own language, in this case, English. Since learning to read Koine is learning to read a dead language you can't really go about learning it by immersion into a culture of native speakers. At some point you need to interact with grammatical concepts, which is the main function of Greek grammars (along with expanding your likely non-existent Greek vocabulary and introducing the basics of Greek morphology). The issue occurs, as I can testify through watching others, when you read through a Greek grammar but have know idea what the grammatical concepts, such as a direct object, actually correspond to in English.
Lamerson's goal is to give a quick refresher on English grammar so that the student of Greek can have some mental 'hooks' on which to hang Greek grammatical concepts, to aid the learner in the beginning stages. This will really prove helpful at the beginning of learning the language as the reader is first beginning to slog through the cases and verbal system. It is much more difficult for the beginning learner to understand the basic function of the Greek accusative case if they do not know what a direct object is in English (a fact compounded by the way that Greek is syntactically 'loose' compared to English--in English, the direct object almost always comes after the verb, while in Greek it can come on either side, and frequently comes before the verb).
With that being said, I feel that this book has a rather narrow target audience that will actually profit from it--those who don't know grammatical terms. If you know basic grammar concepts, it really isn't going to do anything for you. There are some grammatical concepts, like the participle, where knowing the English counterpart will not really help you much at all with learning the Greek, and it may even be profitable to now know the English version.
To reiterate, if you don't remember much grammar from your middle school years, then this book could be just the basic refresher for you. If you are at all competent in very basic English grammar, then it will be a waste of time and money.