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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers; 3rd edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444933
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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David Alan Black is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. An avid horseman, he and his wife live on a 123-acre working farm in southern Virginia and are self-supporting missionaries to Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and Ethiopia.


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I bought this to take on holiday after seeing the rave reviews. BUT and it's a massive BUT the Greek text has been treated as an image, it's very small and in light grey, in fact impossible to read and you cannot change the size. I tried to persevere using a magnifying glass and copying words out so I could get some vocab and even this proved too tricky. Probably a great book, Kindle is a non starter
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I have been working with Dobson That approach is excellent but for an old-fashioned learner like me something more formal is needed as well. This one does the job and the general notes about language are very helpful,
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This book is teaching me to read koine Greek without a teacher, so it really does work! But steer clear of the kindle version if you possiby can. It is just about possible to make out the light grey Greek text but it is not easy at all because the electronic formatting is poor.

As a book it deserves the five stars, but do yourself a favour and buy it in hardcopy!
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I haven't read this yet but just to update that having bought this today (9/05/2016) I can correct previous reviews by saying that the current Kindle edition now formats the Greek text very clearly and beautifully. Having skimmed through the book on kindle, it looks like an excellent purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to New Testament Greek 7 Sept. 2002
By E. H. McGowin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a first year Greek student, I found Mounce's large tome on Introductory Greek, with its verbosity and endless depth, to be extremely intimidating. In my opinion, Black avoids such stumbling blocks for the new Greek student, while offering many outlets and resources for the more advanced student as well. Although there were several places in which my own brilliant Greek professor (Dr. Roy Metts) had to adjust and/or replace Black's instruction (e.g., Black's classification system for Third Declension Nouns is somewhat cumbersome), my opinion of this text remains positive and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning the basics of biblical Greek.
(P.S. Broadman and Holman's printing company did a terrible job in the binding of this book. Almost everyone I know who owns this book has had the pages separate from the binding within a few months. Be prepared to glue it back together!)
64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Model of Clarity 17 Mar. 2005
By David A. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David Alan Black has provided us with an introductory grammar that is a model of clarity.

This NT Greek grammar is reasonably concise and yet always provides sufficient information for the student to grasp the matter at hand. Compared to "The Basics of Biblical Greek", this grammar does a better job of introducing the student to the syntax (on an elementary level)of the New Testament with clearer explanations of grammatical terminology.

This is an excellent text for a professor to adopt, but it is also highly recommended as a supplement to those who are using Mounce's work. If the student is having difficulty grasping the grammatical point that Mounce is discussing, it is very likely that turning to Black's grammar will clear up the matter. Additionally, Black has an excellent selection of exercises with a complete answer key to the first seventeen chapters as an appendix to the book.

Additional illustrations are judiciously placed throughout the grammar. For example, on the crucial issue of mastering Participles, Black offers 34 sentences with translation in the body of the text.

This is a "must have" resource for first year Koine Greek students - and is well worth a second look by instructors who have chosen other texts.
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient 15 Dec. 2009
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This review is written by someone learning Greek on their own. I hope this is helpful for someone in the same situation or for someone who is brushing up on Greek learned in the past.

I have looked extensively at a couple of the other popular beginning Greek grammars although I won't be doing any direct comparisons.

Regarding the aesthetics, the hardcover is very sturdy in addition to being very appealing to look at. The black cover is a nice tie-in to the author's last name. The paper is high quality, crisp and white which takes to a highlighter very well. The conjugations are in gray shaded boxes which helps them stand out and makes them easy to locate when wanting to go back and review them. The only thing I don't like is that the font chosen for the Greek is a little less formal than what most of us are used to seeing which takes a little while to get used to.

In a word this book is efficient. There are no chapter overviews, introductions, summaries, what you'll learn in the next chapter, etc. which is usually annoying anyway. The author gets right down to business in each chapter. Each of the 26 chapters are short enough that you don't need those things.

This doesn't mean the book's information is skimpy. You will learn a lot of the important terms so that when you read a more technical Bible commentary or read what others write about Greek, you will have learned or at least have a reference for the terms at the beginning level which are explained well.

The exercises for the first 17 chapters of the book are made-up sentences in Greek that the student translates. All of the words in the sentences are from vocabulary that has been learned previously in the book.

Starting in chapter 18, Bible verses are used for the exercises. When there is a word in a verse that hasn't been learned, the English gloss (a short basic definition) is listed in parenthesis next to the Greek word. This is much nicer than at least one other book where the extra vocabulary is listed on another page, sometimes requiring a page turn so that one is constantly flipping back and forth. There is an answer key for the exercises in the Appendix at the end of the book.

For more extensive exercises there is a companion workbook, sold separately. There is no answer key in the workbook, but if you write to the publisher, they will send you one in PDF format. The workbook (which was a pleasant surprise since I didn't expect it to be sent to me) has all sorts of exercises coming at the Greek from many angles.

Verbs are introduced in chapter 2 and all of the indicative verbs are covered by chapter 17. There are various methods for introducing verbs in the books I've seen. I like having them introduced early so that they can be reviewed frequently as time goes on. There are very helpful charts of the indicative verb forms in the middle of the book. I wish I would have known this earlier so that I could have referred to it as I went along but it wasn't mentioned earlier in the book. There is also a very helpful large fold-out complete Greek Verb Chart glued to the inside of the back cover.

There are a couple of very important items that were put in footnotes which I think should be in the main part of the text. (There are very few, thankfully, and they are at the end of each section where they are easy to see.) In particular is footnote iii. on page 31 which mentions that kai can mean "both", "also" or "even". So be sure to pay close attention to the footnotes.

I believe this book is a very efficient way to learn beginning level Greek. I would think it would be especially useful for someone reviewing Greek that they've already learned. I like to use more than one book to be able to read things explained in different ways, but this book is my first choice for the primary book to study and I highly recommend it.
58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand 9 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who is tring to learn Greek but is not already a linguistics expert this book is written for you. It divides the language into easy to swallow lessons that gradualy brings you through an introductory course. rather than learning everything about one area of the language before moving on it teaches you enough to get to the next lesson and pretty soon you can write simple sentances. from there he goes back and equips you with more vocab and a better understandign of grammer so that your sentances can get more and more complex.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Appears excellent EXCEPT FOR KINDLE USE 14 Sept. 2009
By Debbie's neighbor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This review won't be worth anything except to those who want to use it on Kindle. The book appears to be written in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner. The problem is that it doesn't work well for use on Kindle.

Some of the letters within the text aren't representative of the Greek letters (an h for a lower case eta, for example). At the points where one is to read a paragraph of Greek text for practice, the text is very small and the letters are not clear. Increasing the Kindle text size only increases the size of the English text, not the representative Greek texts to be read for practice, so I found the Greek text to be unreadable.

If you're considering purchasing this as a Kindle download, try the sample first to see whether it will be of use to you. I have the original Kindle; I have no idea if it will work better on the new one or on one of the smartphone apps.
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