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This page provides a review of a reference work that was consulted while working on the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). To purchase a copy of the third edition, click here.
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A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar
By James A. Hewett
As the name implies, this is a beginner’s Greek grammar. In fact, this was one of the books I used when I took introductory Greek at Denver Seminary. And it is a very helpful volume. Each aspect of Greek is laid out systematically, starting with the alphabet, punctuation, and other Greek basics in Chapter One.
Chapter Two then begins the study on verbs. Each chapter first presents vocabulary (words to be learned). Then the basic formation of the Greek verb is presented . Then the different tenses are given, with the parsings indicated in chart form, which is to say, the letters that end verbs that show what tense the verb is in. An explanation of the different uses of the present tense then follows. The chapter ends with some exercises.
This pattern is followed throughout the book. Vocab, an overview of the part of grammar to be studied, a chart of the word forms, the uses of the word forms, and some exercises.
You could use this book as a self-study guide for learning Greek, or for additional help if you’re using a different book for studying Greek at seminary. It is even very helpful to have on hand to refer to if you already know Greek. The explanations of the different uses of the various grammatical forms are very helpful.
In fact, I referred to this volume often when I was working on my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). I followed many of this book’s suggestions in my translation work, so the information in this book helped me to bring out finer details of the Greek text that are often missed in Bible translations. I also included information from this volume in the “Grammatical Renderings “ section in my book Companion Volume to the ALT.
So I would highly recommend this grammar.
Review of A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar. Copyright (c) 2008 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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