Item description for Essentials of New Testament Greek by Ray Summers & Thomas Sawyer...
Overview For nearly 50 years, Summers's Essentials of New Testament Greek has been a trusted favorite of professors and seminary students. Now Sawyer has updated this classic for the next generation! Clear, step-by-step explanations of the Greek language, extensive appendixes, more than 300 translation exercises, expanded easy-reading verb chart, and more make it a must-have resource.
A fresh revision of a classic text, suited for classrooms or private study. Thousands of pastors have enhanced their understanding of the New Testament with this user-friendly book.
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Studio: B&H Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 29, 1995
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
ISBN 0805410015 ISBN13 9780805410013
Reviews - What do customers think about Essentials of New Testament Greek?
An Excellent Choice of Textbook on New Testament Greek Jun 11, 2007
I study on my own. This is an excellent grammar book. The book provides clear and succint explanation on basic grammatical rules with illustrated tables for quick review. The tables in each chapter can be referred back for comparison with a new lesson. The exercises on each chapter enable me to apply what has been learned. The student guide provides the answer though there are occassionally minor mistakes such as a city is translated as a church. I have read a couple of other textbooks but I strongly recommends this one.
Definitely a 'Good Starter' NT Greek Book Apr 25, 2007
This was our introductory book for our first year of NT Greek. It was the primary book chosen by our illustrious Greek teacher, who has had over 20 years of teaching NT Greek experience under her belt, so our confidence was strong in her choosing this particular book. In review, it was quite good both in format and its use of simple 'English teaching language.' Although I had to look up such terms as 'imperative' and 'deponent.' Perhaps it was also good in that we had a teacher who was there to answer our questions. However, new readers/students might have problems in trying to teach themselves Greek solely from the use of this particular book. Even with the aid of a software program in addition to using this book, there is without a doubt the bound of questions arising.
Most of the lessons, which were a few pages in length, were constructed from previous lesson(s). There were a total of 31 lessons. The first one started with the alphabet and its proper pronounciation, and the last one ended with a translation exercise of 1 John 3:11-18. Most of what you would study in a foreign language were there in Essentials of NT Greek; verbs, nouns, prepositions, conjugations, tenses, etc. What was missing from the book, which I would immediately add if I was the editor or publisher is a 'parsing guide.' I can not be more helpful than to recommend to the pontential buyer and to student of NT Greek to learn how to parse! Learn to parse, you will thank me!
In agreement with previous reviews, you definitely must get the Workbook/Answer Key Essentials of New Testament Greek: A Student's Guide, because while the exercises are decent (some of them are quirky), you won't know the answers because the book doesn't provide them. The negative critique about the Workbook/Answer Key, however, is that when Summer's book gave a particular translation exercise, for example John 1:1-2, the Workbook/Answer Key did not have an answer, it simply referred to 'John 1:1-2' as the answer, which is basically of no help to the student who might get confuse because there are so many Bible translations, and picking the correct 'translation rendering' becomes almost impossible. Not to mention, counterproductive to what the ultimate goal of studying NT Greek is, translating not only properly but correctly. Additionaly, I personally recommended that you supplement your NT Greek studies with other books. Do not solely rely on just one book, and this goes for learning Biblical Hebrew as well. -
This Grammar's method works very well Dec 13, 2006
This grammar works very well as a training tool for teaching or studying basic NT Greek. Each lesson is laid out very logically with enough work to help you develop your skill without overwhelming you.
The methodology is very simple. Vocabulary with a simple point and some memorization work to help you grasp the concept for that lesson.
It is easier to teach through than other basic grammars I have looked at, simply because of it's focus.
I would like to say that those who have criticized it for the 8 case system may be correct...but I like the 8 case system because it gives beginning students a stronger intuitive sense that context does drive a lot of meaning in Greek. That is important for students to understand.
It is a great text book, designed to take 2 semesters for an average student.
Learning NT Greek is not hard. You can do it. This text book is one of the better options you have. A different pathway that helps you accomplish the same task is Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek. I happen to like the approach of Summers a little better. Both of those two Grammars are high on my list. I also recommend FDB (Funk's Grammar) and A.T. Robertson.
Finally, the verb chart is handy to have, but not necessary since they are now standard in most software programs for NT Greek...including BibleWorks 7.0 which I have and love.
I hope you enjoy Summers textbook as much as I have.
Excellent Resource Dec 10, 2006
Learning New Testament Greek is not for the faint of heart. There is a tremendous amount of memorization (besides vocabulary items there are according to some estimates approximately 500 forms of the Greek verb) involved along with a myriad of rules to learn, all of which seem to have exceptions. The book eases the beginner into NT Greek with 31 chapters (158 pages of text). The 1st two are alphabet and pronunciation. Basic verbs are next and then common nouns and noun structures. Each chapter has vocabulary items (by the end of the reader will have been exposed to every word used fifty times or more in the GNT) and very helpful practice exercises. As one reviewer states the "optative" is not discussed, but, this is in keeping with the books basic approach "to be functional and practical". This book is best studied under the tutelage of a teacher but it could be useful to someone doing independent learning. The book is only introductory (as are all beginner textbooks). Reading through and comprehending ALL of the book's precepts, the student will only be prepared to BEGIN a study of the Greek New Testament. I have read and studied nearly a dozen beginning [New Testament] Greek textbooks including Mounce, Croy, Machen, etc., and believe Essentials of New testament Greek is the best of the bunch.
Nicely Organized Dec 6, 2006
This is a fairly small volume (about 200 pages), but lots of great content. It is organized in a maner that builds on itself and doesn't expect the student to have prior knowledge of the greek language. This is probably the best textbook I had in my entire college experience.
As some of the others have said the examples and exercises are limited. This is true. (Remember, only 200 pages) I definitely recommend the workbook and/or additional resources. (Computer programs are an option for students today--although I haven't personally tried any of them.) This book is a must for any beginning biblical greek student.