Re: Machen's grammar
I agree with your comments about Machen. It was my first intro to Greek
and its simplicity is still appealing. I agree also that it is quite
dated in several respects and is probably not to be preferred over other
grammars at this point. Efird's grammar is a good example of a Machen
-like grammar: short, to the point, etc. But it is updated in style
and language. The sentences are "artificial" which for me is both
good and bad: good in that students can not read from "memory"; bad in
that students don't get to read actual koine until after the book is
finished. I have not used Efird's grammar in teaching, but it strikes
me as being so brief as to need an instructor.
James Efird, _A Grammar for NT Greek_ Abingdon, 1990.
Gary D. Collier
University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology