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New Testament Greek for Beginners (2nd Edition) [Hardcover]

By J. Gresham Machen (Author) & Dan G. McCartney (Author)
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Machen's classic manual for students in biblical studies has been carefully revised and updated. Students who have no prior understanding of the Greek language will find this new edition eminently readable and valuable in their study of Scripture. New features include: glossary of basic grammatical and linguistic terms, charts and figures on grammar, word list of 250 terms, updated style in language familiar to today's students.

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This book is intended primarily for learners who are beginning the study of the Greek Testament either without any previous acquaintance with the Greek language or with an acquaintance so imperfect that a renewed course of elementary instruction is needed. This revision, over seventy-five years since the first edition was published, retains much of the character and organization of the first edition while accommodating readers today who lack an understanding of Latin and grammar necessary for fully comprehending the original edition. For an introduction to the Greek Testament.

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Studio: Prentice Hall
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.67" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 11, 2003
Publisher   Prentice Hall
ISBN  013184234X  
ISBN13  9780131842342  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! J. Gresham Machen (18811937) was professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was also the author of Christian Faith in the Modern World, What Is Faith? and The Origin of Pauls Religion.

J. Gresham Machen was born in 1881 and died in 1937.

J. Gresham Machen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. James Sprunt Lectures

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Thanks, professor Machen!  Jan 17, 2008
I highly recommend this introductory grammar of New Testament Greek.

I began my study of Greek with William Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, and I really think Mounce has the best system around. However, I also firmly believe that anyone who studies Machen in addition to Mounce, say, after completing Mounce, will greatly profit by it. ~ I have!

I also believe that if someone is inclined to learn Greek solely by the traditional method, they would probably do best if they went with Machen.

The exercises in the book are a real help, especially the English to Greek, which tends to force the student to think in Greek in a way the Mounce system does not.

I don't think that I, nor anyone else, can find anything bad to say about the Machen grammar. It's the old school method, but as learner-friendly as the old school method can get, and as I mentioned, a great "second opinion" to one's studies in Mounce's introductory grammar.

I myself purchased a used, out of print edition (really cheap!), on ebay, but other used outlets or private sellers are circulating them as well(this site Marketplace, for instance). So, I cannot really speak to this new (very pricey!) edition. My older edition had no answer key for its exercises, though, and I had to scavenge around for one. Perhaps this new edition has an answer key.
I love learning Greek with Machen  Sep 13, 2007
I am pleased with the book. Machen provides excercises which are incredibly helpful in learning Greek. Each lesson is broken up effectively making it easy to follow. However, I found it necessary to receive instruction from a teacher along with each lesson.
This is the one. Get it.  Jun 22, 2007
I started Greek with this book and went on to major in Greek. Machen's systematic presentation of grammar is as clear and approachable as you'd want it to be. I've been away from Greek for decades and after spending my career teaching Latin, I've returned to this little book and found it invigorating as I relearn what I once knew so well. I own other Greek grammars, but Machen's is really all I need. If you buy this--and I highly recommend it--get Thompson's workbook too. As a combination they can't be beat. Thompson, by the way, provides excellent additional review and practice material that makes a difficult language more accessible.
New Testament made Easy  Aug 31, 2006
This is a great textbook for anyone who has never studied Greek and needs to have an understanding of the languages for New Testament studies. The chapters are short and easy to understand and the exercises are well paced.
a true classic  Aug 2, 2006
I am partial to Machen because I first learned Greek with his book, but the more I use this text to teach Greek to others, the more impressed I become. The genius is the organization and the exercises. No grammar does a better job of systematically leading one through Greek and the exercises are wonderful at reenforcing the vocabulary and paradigms. This book is great for reviewing or refreshing Greek and is perfect for teaching children, again because of the exercises.
Machen's writing style is succinct if not eliptical, and this is the polar opposite to Mounce's user-friendly, wordy text, but its nice that it is small and you don't need a separate workbook. I would recommend that you buy both Machen and Mounce. The only reason I give it four stars is that no grammar is perfect and you really need to work through several. Machen is also to be honored for defending the faith against liberalism and he belongs in every Greco-phile's library.

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