Item description for New Testament Greek Vocabulary: Learn on the Go [With Printed Vocabulary Guide] by Jonathan T. Pennington & Jonathan Pennington...
Overview These two CDs with booklet enable a person who is taking biblical Greek to work on, by ear as well as through the eyes, all vocabulary words that occur in the New Testament ten times or more. Read by Jonathan T. Pennington using the Erasmian pronunciation for New Testament Greek vocabulary.
Publishers Description At Last---a Unique, Convenient, and Practical New Approach to Building a Strong New Testament Greek Vocabulary. Insert one of these audio CDs into your home system, car player, or portable unit, and down time becomes learning time---with an audio edge. Hearing the Greek properly pronounced simplifies your learning process. Whether you re driving to class, exercising, or working around the house, this CD set helps you build a strong, working vocabulary. New Testament Greek Vocabulary includes these features: *Words given in descending order of frequency *Each word is spoken slowly and clearly, with time after it for you to give the meaning *Different tracks enable you to concentrate on different word groupings *Nouns given in nominative and genitive forms followed by the article *Adjectives given in masculine, feminine, and neuter forms *Verbs and all other words given in lexical form *48-page booklet of the entire word list provided to help you track and organize your learning A long overdue service to students of the Greek New Testament has been rendered by Jonathan Pennington. ---Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary Here is a way to make hours in the car profitable while increasing your basic competence in Greek. ---Dr. D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School A valuable aid to students engaged in learning or improving their New Testament Greek. ---Dr. Douglas Moo, Wheaton College"
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.84" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310243823 ISBN13 9780310243823 UPC 025986243821
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More About Jonathan T. Pennington & Jonathan Pennington
Jonathan T. Pennington (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of New Testament interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has published a number of biblical language learning tools, including New Testament Greek Vocabulary and Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary.
Jonathan T. Pennington has an academic affiliation as follows - University of St Andrews, Scotland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Audiobook-Audio CD-New Testament Greek Vocabulary?
Growing Consensus For Change Dec 23, 2006
There is a growing consensus for change in the field of biblical Greek vocabulary pronunciation. No one mentions that this product uses the Erasmian pronunciation. That method is not what biblical Greek era speakers spoke (no one knows what that sounds like)...and it sounds really funny to modern Greek speakers (I have seen eminent American scholars speak with this method in the hearing of modern Greeks who cringe when they hear it).
Of course this is not a problem if you only talk to English speaking bible students who talk about Greek with this pronunciation method. BUT-if you want to travel to Greece, or if you know any Greeks who speak modern Greek, you may find it interesting to know that the vocabulary of the Biblical Greek NT has about a 70% overlap with the vocabulary of Modern Greek version of the NT. (Based on my quick highlighting of the differences between the two version in my BW 7.0 recently).
Because there is a difference of opinion out there on which method is best to use, software products like BibleWorks 7.0 offer both the Erasmian AND the Modern Greek pronunciation.
In addition, a Greek scholar, named Spiros Zhodiates, has produced a NT recording using modern Greek pronunciation (done slowly) so that you can listen to a chapter of that with your Greek NT open and learn how modern Greeks read the Biblical Greek. With his product I like to hold my Greek NT in front of me and follow along as he reads it out loud.
I think some Greek teachers are completely unaware of these things and only consider the Erasmian method. But if you are an evangelical who is studying the bible in Greek because you want to spread the gospel to the world...then I appeal to you to consider building some pronunciation skill in Modern Greek while you are studying the Biblical Greek text. So for the money, I would recommend you buy Spiros Zhodiates Greek NT recording on CD using the Modern Greek rather than this product.
If you never plan to interact with Greek speaking people...THEN Pennington's work is a five star work worthy of spending your time and money on. So because of that I give this a five star.
I hope this has added something to the well written reviews on this product that was not in the mix for you and that this has helped you see more options before you spend your money!
Learning New Testament Greek? Sep 21, 2006
Jonathan T. Pennington reads every word that occurs 10 times or more in the Greek New Testament. The words are arranged in 29 tracks, divided by frequency and presented alphabetically. (e.g. Disc 1, Track 3 contains words that occur 450 times or more in the Greek NT beginning with alla ("but") and ending with hos ("as, like, when, that"). Tracks range in length from 3 minutes 14 seconds to 8 minutes 32 seconds. In his gentle voice, Pennington reads each Greek word, pronouncing it clearly according to Erasmian convention. Then, after a pause for the listener to think of the word's meaning, he gives a gloss--a short English definition of the word. Coupled with a 48 page booklet, this 2-CD set provides a powerful tool for the acquisition of NT Greek Vocabulary.
Verbs are presented in their first principal part only. Nouns are given in the nominative and genitive. Adjectives and pronouns are given in the masculine, feminine and neuter.
Dump these tracks onto your MP3 player and listen to them while you do other things. Pop the disks into your car's CD player and learn while you drive.
A warning: taken in too large doses, these CDs are hypnotic. Listen to them a little at a time or you may find yourself sleep-learning.
If you are studying Greek under a teacher who uses reconstructionist or modern Greek pronunciation standards, these disks are not for you. If you are learning the more common Erasmian pronunciation (ask your instructor) they can be a great help for learning vocabulary.
Great Product for Getting Started Jul 25, 2006
Jonathan T. Pennington is to be commended for his fine work on these vocabulary CDs. I have used them for the past four years, and they have helped me keep up my vocabulary. Probably the most helpful aspect is they help ensure a correct pronounciation. While listening to the CDs is helpful, to get the most benefit, I would recommend listening and using the included vocabulary booklet. Pennington also correctly recommends using the CDs for a short time each day rather than trying to use them for long periods at a time. As a student of NT Greek for several years, I realize that there are no shortcuts or alternatives to hard work. These CDs won't make you a master of the language, but they will give you a good start!
Use Flash Cards Instead Jun 20, 2006
I bought this system with great eagerness to learn New Testament vocabulary while I was studying Attic Greek in undergrad. Perhaps I was spoiled by the clarity of my instructor's pronunciation, but when I first began listening to these CDs, I could not believe how poorly the pronunciation represented the actual spelling of the word. As other reviewers have said, this may be the "North American" pronunciation, but there is a reason why we American English speakers watch the National Spelling Bee every year with utmost intrigue: North American pronunciations don't make sense.
As a veteran of five years of Spanish classes, I understand the value of pronouncing vowels consistently and distinguishably. Obviously, Koine Greek is not Spanish, but when we have no native speakers of a language it only makes sense to pronounce the letters in a way that makes the word understandable. It may be okay for the final syllables of "desperate" and "in a rut" to have the same pronunciation if someone has been speaking and reading English for his entire life, but not "pas" and "anthropos". When the whole point of these CDs is learning elementary words, the task is rendered nearly impossible. I won't say how many car horns I heard as I looked at the booklet to find out how the word I was hearing was spelled :)
Another problem with this set is the number of words per track. It's simply too fast and too many words to learn them in any reasonable fashion. Repeating the twentieth item on the list Individual tracks, though impossible because of the two-digit track number limit, are really the only practical way to repeat it enough to learn permanently.
The only valuable part of the set is the listing of all the words in the booklet that comes with it. But a better such resource can be had more cheaply in Metzger's "Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek".
My recommendation is to buy Metzger's book, buy/make flash cards, and use your listening time to memorize the English Bible.
I agree with incompetent pronunciation Mar 13, 2006
I was excited to find this cd online and I ordered it in haste. I found this passage in Moulton's Prologomena. "To this we may add that by the time [codex Aleph] and [codex Beta] were written [omicron] and [omega] were no longer distinct in pronunciation[.]...It is indeed quite possible that the Apostle's own pronunciation did not distinguish [omicron] and [omega][.]" Pennington begins the first cd with the caveat "North-American pronunciation" but that is no excuse to make the omicron indistinguishable from the alpha. pennington, instead of pronouncing the Greek for word, logos, he says lagas. This error is repeated not just a few times but everytime omicron occurs. also instead of pronouncing the vowel sound iota, "ee", he says "i" as in bit. And he doesn't turn iota into a consonant when it is the first letter in a word, instead he treats it like a diphthong. This means that he pronounces Ioannas, i-oannas. I guess this kind of vowel pronunciation is acceptable in "North-America" but I would have to disagree with the whole north-american pronunciation thing altogether and say that rather it is baptist preacher pronunciation (my grandfather was a baptist preacher). The Greek New Testament is a collection of writings and epistles that were meant to be read aloud in the tradition of the Apostles going from town to town telling orally the sayings and deeds of Christ. Even though this is only my first year of Greek, I think that Pennington should be more concerned with proper pronunciation.