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English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek Paperback – 1 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310255341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255345
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! I bought this book on the recommendation of a tutor as I will be starting to learn Greek in September at Bible College. I am about half-way through the book and have the following comments: It introduces a concept without actually discussing what the concept is; the level of the book fluctuates greatly, in some places it assumes you are an expert of English grammar; when describing grammar (such as a verb) it sometimes leaves out important concepts that relate to that point on grammar (chapter 6 neglects to cover "mood" and "source" but the includes them in the "helpful" table at the end; finally, answers are not provided for the exercises at the ends of the chapters (unless of course there is a hidden codex that is revealed once you rescue the maiden from the tower - sorry for the diversion but this book is driving me mad). So you will probably find this book only partly helpful with the confusion from the unhelpful parts actually damaging the learning experience of the helpful. I am going to try and complete this book without the need for therapy and hopefully will be able to update this review postively when I am finished (or negatively from a secure hospital ward). I have spoken to fellow students and they are of the same opinion, one has read the book five times and still cannot understand it. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!
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Just started New Testament Greek and I swithered if I should buy this after less than positive reviews on Amazon.co.uk; interestingly, much more positive reviews on Amazon.com.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x931ab438) out of 5 stars Quick grammar review 11 Nov. 2009
By History Buff - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very handy reference for those who are trying to learn biblical Greek but need an instant refresher of the parts of speech in English and don't have much time to get up to speed. Very helpful. If you need to learn how to diagram sentences, you'll need an additional resource for that. This one includes only the most cursory review of that topic. I still recommmend it for students of biblical Greek.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930a8798) out of 5 stars A Good Stop-Gap 28 May 2013
By Nathaniel Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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The short and sweat: if you do not really know basic English grammatical terms--adjective, adverb, infinitive, direct/indirect object, etc.--and what they mean in English, than this book can help you out. If you do know them, then unless you have to buy this book for class, it won't really help you.

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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930a81b0) out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 14 Sept. 2006
By Terry Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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No one attempting to learn New Testament Greek should be without this book. It's an easy read, well composed and full of useful information for the beginner.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9312ed68) out of 5 stars A Funny Grammar? Yes! 28 Oct. 2008
By John Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
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Only Sam Lamerson could have written a grammar that brings humor to English grammar, but he does so with a sharp, captivating style that makes his lessons stick to the mind and touch the heart. This book is a joy to read, even if you are not trying to Ace New Testament Greek, and it will be a life saver if you are.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930c6018) out of 5 stars Must Have This! 11 Aug. 2007
By Mrs. Nancy L. Mcavoy - Published on Amazon.com
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Helpful, Fun and One in a million in its insights and explanations to Greek and its usage.
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