Re: Request for information

After sending off this message, I realized that I sent it only to 
Dennis.  So, FYI!

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> _The Language of the New Testament_ by Eugene Goetchius

I taught from this for several years.  Not only is there a text there 
is a workbook.  Unfortuantely there is not key for it, so you are on 
your own for the answers.  It is a good book written from a 
structuralist linguistics point of view.

> _New Testament Greek for Beginners_ by J. G. Machen

I cannot imagine why anyone would want to use this text.  I learned 
Greek with it.  Now that I have taught from at least four others, 
I would never recommend Machen.  This text ASSUMES knowledge of 
classical languages (even though he states otherwise); it is 
illogically arranged so that each chapter is a hodge podge of 
material; it does (cannot) take into account what has been learned 
about Greek since its writing; .......
Its one redeeming feature is the answer key! Maybe in your case 
(working by yourself, I am assuming from your message) it would be a 
gook book.

> _Learn to Read New Testament Greek_ by David Alen Black
> _New Testament Greek: A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar_ by James A. Hewett
> _A Beginner's New Testament Greek Grammar_ by Sakae Kubo
> _Reading NT Greek: Complete Word Lists and Reader's Guide_ by Bernard B. Scott

I have never used any of these.

I am currently teaching from _Fundamental Greek Grammar_, 2nd ed. by 
James W. Voelz (Concordia).  For the self learner, it gives the answer 
to the odd numbered sentences, etc., in the exercises.  It is well 
laid out and gives English translations of all examples.  It also has 
translation passages from the Greek New Testament (no key--use an 
RSV/NASB/ KJV) beginning with chapter 3 and so requires the use of a 
dictionary (_Shorter Lexicon ofthe Greek New Testament_, 2nd ed. by 
Gingrich and Danker is best for the learner because it gives parsings 
of difficult forms.)

Possibly the best for your circumstances is the new grammar by John 
H. Dobson, _Learn New Testament Greek_, 2nd ed. (British Bible 
Society).  I believe there is another book or tape that goes with the 
book.  This is a programmed grammar, that is it gives you grammar, 
then some exercises that have greek on one side of the page and the 
answer on the other side so that you get immediate feedback.  It was 
first written for students whose first language was NOT English and 
has the advantage of explaining everything clearly.  Its approach is 
different from others, but it is a proven text that I would recommend 
to you.
I may be switching to it for my teaching.

Well, those are my biases!

I hope this helps.

> PS  I'm also looking into obtaining a Greek New Testament.  I am currently
>     leaning towards the _UBS4_ and _Nestle-Aland 26th_.  Any comments on
>     these, or others, would also be appreciated.

You might as well go with the standard text, either of the texts you 
not would be good.  However, if you can get a copy of UBS2, that is 
preferred by many scholars.

> > Dennis Burke > 
dennisb@test490.pac.sc.ti.com > 

Glenn Wooden
Acadia Divinity College
Wolfville, NS