Item description for Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers by Rodney Decker...
Overview Providing graded readings in Koine Greek from the New Testament, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, and early creeds, this unique text integrates the full range of materials needed by intermediate Greek students. Its many features include four helpful vocabulary lists, numerous references to other resources, assorted translation helps, a review of basic grammar and syntax, and an introduction to BDAG-the standard Greek lexicon.
Publishers Description Providing graded readings in Koine Greek from the New Testament, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, and early creeds, this unique text integrates the full range of materials needed by intermediate Greek students. Its many features include four helpful vocabulary lists, numerous references to other resources, assorted translation helps, a review of basic grammar and syntax, and an introduction to "BDAG"--the standard Greek lexicon.
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.98" Width: 8.67" Height: 0.67" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2007
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825424429 ISBN13 9780825424427
Reviews - What do customers think about Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers?
A Great Reader Apr 2, 2010
Dr. Ed Glenny (See recommendations above) used this text in my Intermediate Greek class, and it was extremely helpful. It has vocab to learn, readings to translate, and supplemental notes regarding the text being translated. There are writings from the New Testament (Part 1), the Septuagint (Part 2.1), the apostolic fathers (Part 2.2), and some early creeds (Part 2.3). This really is an amazing resource if you are a second year student or beyond. Honestly, I cannot wait to use this resource again.
A good but biased reader Feb 7, 2009
A good and helpful reader for those learning koine Greek. The format is large and the fonts are readable, easy on the eye.
The texts are from The Hew Testament and from outside of it: The Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers and from The Early Creeds of the Church. As a complementary tool one should have at hand the BDAG. Also it is asumed that the student studied one year of elementary Greek.
On the other hand it is leading the reader on a peculiar view that it is not concerned with the historical truth: The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed it is given in the English translation with the much later addagio "filoque" (The Holy Ghost proceedeth both from the Father and the Son), altough the Greek texts misses it.
Great Greek Reader for the Intermediate Student Jan 21, 2008
As a beginner, you may have difficulty keeping up with the lessons. However, as your learning increases, this book will be quite beneficial to expand your knowledge of the New Testament Greek. Enjoy!
The best there is Dec 2, 2007
This book is not only the only (so far as I know) true 'koine' reader, it is also among the best 'readers' available. Decker, along with Mounce BBG, has mastered the art of inductive language teaching. The student learns the material by immersing him/herself into it and appropriate help is given as need along the way. This allows the student to stretch his/her own knowledge and confirm or correct his/her current understanding of the grammar.
Several features make this book shine above the rest, though: 1) it is a true Koine reader, meaning the student will learn some NT text, some LXX text and some early christian texts. As someone said on the B-Greek forum, learning the span of koine, rather than simply translating the NT will make the student more adept at analyzing the language itself and less dependent on his/her background knowledge of english translations.
2) Vocab lists. This book is truly made for the student and the classroom. The various vocab assignments before each section will help the student incrementally develop his/her vocabulary beyond the 50x range. Especially helpful in this regard is appendix H which lists all the words that occur in the LXX more than 50x but less than 25x in the NT. By mastering this list, the student will be able to feel comfortable reading the LXX and becoming familiar with its lexical and grammatical features. To paraphrase what someone famous said "Sell every commentary you own if you have to in order to by a copy of the LXX and put it to use."
3) helpful grammar review. While Wallace's Grammar is superb and full of examples, the best way to master grammatical concepts is to read the text and see them in use. Decker does a masterful job of pointing out special grammatical notes concerning the NT, LXX and early christian writings, allowing the user to learn grammar through constant use.
4) using BDAG. Appendix A on using BDAG is a must read (this is available in some form on his website also). BDAG is worth its weight in gold for simple definitions and glosses, but very few know how to use this tome to its full potential. Decker does and he teaches the student how through a series of exercises in the greek text.
I believe that Decker's book should be required reading in all second year Greek courses so as to expose students to the wide range of koine texts, develop students as masters of the language not simply translation glosses, and refresh and sharpen grammatical learning in the context of exegesis/translation.