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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (1 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801021812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801021817
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Alan Black (D.Theol., University of Basel) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Testament editor of the International Standard Version of the Bible. He has authored or edited twelve books.


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This is extremely well done, both teacher and student-friendly. It also lists links to advanced grammars at the end of each chapter. I would recommend a vocabulary list in an appendix, as there are varying degrees of intermediate students
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This is has been helpful in taking me beyond the basics of greek. Although it is often treated as a second year book I found it helped me to read it before my first year got too far along. Having not studied any grammar before I don't think I would have understood year one without it. Of course I didn't understand it all then so it has been great to work through at length in my second year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Step into Intermediate Greek 17 Mar. 2005
By David A. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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Once a student finishes the first year of Biblical Greek, there are three "intermediate" grammars that should be read: Dan Wallace's "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics", Dana and Mantey, and this book by David Alan Black.

Without any question, you should read Black's book first.

First of all, "It's Still Greek to Me" is just plain fun to read (which is not something that can be said of very many grammar books!). Yet, all the wit and excellent writing are not merely to entertain - but reveal Prof. Black as a genuine master teacher who makes NT Greek grammar not only clear but memorable.

For students who are just finishing their first year of Greek, this book should be started as soon as you turn in your last paper for the semester - and definitely before you begin your second year of Greek or your first NT exegesis course.

If your school uses Dan Wallace's highly regarded "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics" for intermediate Greek, you would still be VERY wise to read Black first. Much of the value of Wallace's work is the enormous number of actual texts that he interacts with. Unfortunately, this can cause students to miss the forest for the trees. By reading Black first, you will better be able to appreciate both the forest and the trees.

NT Professors are strongly encouraged to add "It's Still Greek to Me" to their "highly recommended" and "required" reading lists that they provide to their students.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Black 7 Oct. 2007
By Alan Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had Dave Black for elementary Greek and used his "Learn to Read New Testament Greek." I took another professor for intermediate Greek, and we used Dan Wallace's book. I bought this anyway, and couldn't be more grateful. The material is much the same, but the explanations are much more comprehensible. Black can cover in 3-4 pages what Wallace would in 20-30, and you actually understand what you are dealing with. Furthermore, Black doesn't beat you in the head with over the top technicalities. Bottom line, while there may be other grammars which are helpful, this is the book that opened my understanding of intermediate Greek and enabled me to succeed in the class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2nd year text for NT Greek 26 Nov. 2000
By Ross Millar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great for an intermediate text book on NT Greek.
David Black has a relaxed style and uses some terrible puns, all of which goes to making a complex subject easier to learn.
He covers topics in sufficient depth - and avoids getting bogged down in detail. Every category is backed up with examples from the Greek NT, which is very useful.
I found the chapters on infinitives and participles and clauses especially helpful and worthwhile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 2nd year book 19 Jan. 2002
By matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Black helps make the nuances of syntax easier to understand with this concise book. Chapters are well ordered and written in such a way that makes it clear to the reader with some Greek background the true meaning of Greek texts. This book even helped me with English grammar. Well worth the buy.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek made easier 3 May 2000
By Mike Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Black's book makes Greek easier for the struggling student. It explains the whys and wherefores of Greek in detail. It not only defines terms, but it gives examples from Scripture, so that the student can know how these grammatical functions work in the text.
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