Item description for A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek by William D. Mounce...
Overview This companion to Basics of Biblical Greek and Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics contains annotated readings from the New Testament designed for second-year students of the Greek language.
Publishers Description Making the leap from the basics of biblical Greek to its real-life application can be a frustrating challenge for students of intermediate Greek. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek was developed to make the transition easier. It takes beginning exegetes from simple to progressively more difficult biblical texts. Students can now learn New Testament Greek the way they would any other language: through a graded program. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek applies an inductive method to learning intermediate Greek grammar. It provides a workable introduction to exegesis, word studies, and developing a large vocabulary; and it assists the student in preparing for class, allowing classroom time to be put to its most effective use. - Twenty Greek passages are presented in graded order. - Difficult and unfamiliar grammatical constructions are explained. - All words that occur fewer than 20 times in the New Testament are defined. - An 'Exegetical Discussion' section helps the exegete gain a deeper understanding of the language. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek is the result of ten years of use and refinement by the author in an actual classroom setting.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1996
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310205824 ISBN13 9780310205821 UPC 025986205829
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More About William D. Mounce
William D. Mounce (PhD, Aberdeen University) is president of BiblicalTraining.org. He is a noted Greek scholar, author of the best-selling textbook Basics of Biblical Greek, and served as the New Testament Chair of the ESV translation team.
William D. Mounce currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Graded Reader Of Biblical Greek?
Helpful guide for starters with some limitations Mar 27, 2007
A Graded Reader is designed to help students with little Greek to begin working through New Testament texts on their own. The book contains samplings from most books of the NT (it omits James), from the LXX and from the Didache. Each text has an introduction, vocabulary and exegetical discussion followed at the end by a grammatical summary. Students will find this guided approach boosts their confidence. Readers should be aware however that the book contains some strange features, such as frequent grammatical questions without any answers. Students are also frequently told to refer to this or that work outside the book to find the answers. Also the approach to Greek is conservative evangelical where names are assigned to almost every possible grammatical construction. Mounce also pushes one of his personal methods called "phrasing" which involves breaking the text into phrases and individual units. Personally, I find this method misguided because it focuses on minutiae at the expense of broader grammatical structures and it conveys the impression everything in the text carries equal weight. If students bear these limitations in mind they can gain something from this book. A better approach might be to purchase "A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament" (ISBN: 8876535888) which covers the whole of the NT and provides a lot more necessary information.
Not bad, but the notes need work... Mar 11, 2007
Mounce's "Graded Reader" is intended as a transitionary textbook for students who are in their second year of Greek. I give it three stars because, while it is better than any alternative I have found, I think it is lacking in several respects and is somewhat disappointing given the quality of Mounce's BBG.
The book consists of 20 extended passages in Koine Greek, coming primarily from the New Testament. The readings cover all four Gospels, several letters, and Revelation. In addition, a Septuagint Psalm is thrown in, as well as an excerpt from the Didache, one of the earliest teaching documents of the Church. In addition to the passages, there is an introductory section on a technique, developed by Mounce, called "phrasing." It is essentially a means of diagramming Greek sentences to clarify the relationships of the parts of the sentence. Also, the book has a synopsis of Wallace's extensive "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics," and a "cheat sheet" which lists the various cases, tenses, etc., and their uses.
The passages themselves have footnotes, which are primarily used for vocabulary. The footnotes gloss words that occur 20 or fewer times, and in addition to a definition provide the number of occurrences of the word in the NT. This is useful for finding the words in Mounce's flash card deck, if you have that. Aside from the vocab notes, each page explains various theological and/or grammatical concepts. At the end of each passage is a grammar summary and reflections on the text. I agree with a previous reviewer that Mounce's theology can be ignored.
My biggest complaint about this book is that the commentary in the notes is not very useful. The footnotes consist primarily of references to other author's commentaries. They tend to be in this form: "Why did Paul use the aorist here? See John Doe, p. 100." This is not terribly helpful, since he references 15 or 20 books, few of which I have. If Mounce is simply going to refer to someone else's commentary, why not just buy the commentary and skip Mounce's book? Since 90% of his notes are question format (e.g., p.7 "What is the antecedent of auto?") without answer, they do serve to call attention to important concepts, but if you can't answer his question you are out of luck.
That Mounce is the master of morphology is certain. However, one can see from his BBG that he is light on syntax, and I found many challenging concepts unmarked even by one of his questioning footnotes. After struggling through Ch. 7 (Romans) with extreme frustration, I recalled that at the beginning of the chapter he said the grammar was not difficult. If Mounce is in tune with students' morphological struggles he is not in tune with their syntactical struggles. Nonetheless this book is more useful than a non-commented text, and better than the JACT New Testament reader. Still, one hopes that a better reader with commentary will show up some day.
After Basic Greek Jan 15, 2007
This tool is a great asset to keep you active in all you've already accomplished. It's inexpensive, friendly, and has a great appendix with an abbreviation of Wallace's Grammar. I highly recommend it. Of course now I just need to make time to use it...
The Greek Materials from Mounce are excellent. Jan 11, 2007
I've done a couple of years of Greek in undergrad and seminary and wish I had Mounce's Greek materials then. His textbook, workbook, as well as the items that are free on his web page have made reviewing and teaching Greek almost fun. Simply put, William D. Mounce is the most accomplished Greek instructor in our nation.
Skip the theology--stick to the Greek Nov 9, 2006
Okay, generally I will not use the Mounce books. I don't always agree with his theology--moreover, I would prefer that my students come to their OWN theological conclusions.
Having said this, this reader is helpful for those who want to continue their Greek. Skip his theology, though. Develop your own.