Re: How do I get from the text to the grammar?

Kevin W. Woodruff (
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 16:10:10 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Jonathan. A good tool is a culmative index to greek grammars in which
you can look up your verse and see if any grammar touches on it.

Two such tools are:
Owings, Timothy. _A Culmative Index to New Testament Greek Grammars._Grand
Rapis: Baker, 1983.

Hanna, Robert. _A Grammatical Aid to the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids,
Baker, 1983.

Also, Daniel Wallace's new Greek Grammar: Beyond the Basics is almost
encyclopedic in nature and will more than likely touch on your passage.

At 09:48 AM 8/21/96 EDT, you wrote:
>When I read the GNT, I have a lot of questions which are all
>of the form, "How do I interpret this aspect of the grammar in
>this particular text", e.g. "why is this particible aorist",
>"why is this pronoun accusative instead of genitive", etc. Being
>self-taught, some of these are elementary questions, and I really
>have no idea which of my questions are elementary.
>Is there some way that I should be able to look these things up?
>Once I get to the right page of the right grammar, many of these
>questions are cleared up, but it is hard to find the right page.
>I find Reinickers "Linguistic Keys" and Robertson's "Word Pictures"
>very helpful, but they often fail to comment on the constructions
>that I find most interesting or confusing. I need something one
>level up from the morphological database. For instance, in John 15:15,
>I can see that hUMAS and DOULOUS are accusative in the phrase
>OUKETI LEGW hUMAS DOULOUS, but I didn't know about the double
>accusative (even though I had read that page in my grammar earlier).
>I need something that points out these kinds of constructions.
>Incidentally, here is my current toolbox:
> GNT: UBS 3rd
> Morphological GNT: CCATT (for parsing help)
> Lexicon: BAGD
> Grammars: Young, Robertson, BDR, Machen
> Parsing help: Reinicker, Robertson's Word Pictures
Kevin W. Woodruff
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