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by RDecker
February 22nd, 2012, 8:21 pm
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"
Replies: 44
Views: 21619

Re: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"

For perspective - do the classics people wish they had a Danker to work on LSJ? For a very helpful perspective, see John Lee's fascinating book, A History of New Testament Lexicography, SBG 8 (NY: Peter Lang, 2003). The essays are worth reading carefully. Lee not only evaluates past lexica, but ske...
by RDecker
February 22nd, 2012, 8:13 pm
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"
Replies: 44
Views: 21619

Re: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"

Two disturbing trends in the latter are (1) the abandonment of any expectation that seminary students should gain any real competence in Biblical Greek, and (2) the emerging consensus that Biblical software -- and in particular parsing guides and interlinear displays -- are sufficient stand-ins for...
by RDecker
February 21st, 2012, 9:42 pm
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"
Replies: 44
Views: 21619

Re: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"

The fact that such statements are made about Smyth is just as much a commendation of that particular work as it is a condemnation of the state of Koine Greek grammatical work. My comments are in no way intended to disparage Smyth's work! Far from it. Unfortunately, it is not well enough known in bi...
by RDecker
February 21st, 2012, 4:43 pm
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"
Replies: 44
Views: 21619

Re: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"

Paul-Nitz wrote: Smyth "A Greek Grammar" is repeatedly recommended in B-Greek." "Cross out the Title on it and write KOINE GREEK GRAMMAR" Don't be misled thinking that Smyth is a Koine grammar. It's not. It *is* a very useful grammar in the study of Koine, but it is first and foremost a classical gr...
by RDecker
February 15th, 2012, 5:32 pm
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"
Replies: 44
Views: 21619

Re: Smyth "A Greek Grammar"

Just so that you're aware, all the copies linked in this thread are the older, 1st ed. of 1920. The standard edition (i.e., what would be considered the standard for citation in academic work) is the revised, 2d ed., Harvard Univ. Press: 1956, ed. Messing (which, of course, is still in copyright).
by RDecker
February 11th, 2012, 6:38 pm
Forum: Unicode and Fonts
Topic: The best Greek fonts
Replies: 8
Views: 16249

Re: The best Greek fonts

I posted info on my blog yesterday regarding a relatively new Adobe font that includes polytonic Greek: Adobe Text Pro. You can find it here, with a png sample and a pdf: http://ntresources.com/blog/?p=1507
by RDecker
February 11th, 2012, 6:34 pm
Forum: Unicode and Fonts
Topic: Linux: Greece Polytonic Keyboard (Gnome)
Replies: 12
Views: 20718

Re: Linux: Greece Polytonic Keyboard (Gnome)

Anyone want to prepare a similar guide for Windows or Mac or other systems, in a different thread, with an appropriate title? I didn't notice this when it was posted. Nathan's comments today brought it to the surface. I've long had guides to the use of Unicode for Windows and Mac posted as well as ...
by RDecker
December 26th, 2011, 5:02 pm
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Etymological New Testament
Replies: 16
Views: 5181

Re: Etymological New Testament

Yes, Beekes is "prohibitively expensive"-- @ ca. $600/vol! I haven't used it yet, but our librarian recently "bit the bullet" and spent a not insignificant part of the acquisition budget for this set. That means, of course, that I need to use it (at least once!) to justify the outlay. :) At the Bril...
by RDecker
November 8th, 2011, 9:48 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: verbal aspect (split from Beginner's Forum)
Replies: 44
Views: 12999

verbal aspect (split from Beginner's Forum)

Here's a brief summary of the discussion and of what consensus there is. Aspect is a *relatively* recent discussion in its modern form (ca. 30 years), though there are antecedents that go back to the early 20th C. (Robertson, e.g., says some perceptive things regarding tense!) There have been 2 *sem...
by RDecker
November 4th, 2011, 8:50 am
Forum: Grammars
Topic: Funk’s Grammar for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1100

Funk’s Grammar for sale

I have recently come in contact with a party that has a complete set of Funk’s Grammar they would like to sell and have agreed to help them do so (knowing that there were likely folks here on b-greek that would be interested). Funk, Robert W. A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek. 3 ...

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