Re: Critique of Machen

From: Paul S. Dixon (
Date: Mon May 18 1998 - 13:13:45 EDT

On Mon, 18 May 1998 12:10:23 -0400 "Timothy B. Smith" <>

>Does anyone know of an article or other source which gives a
>thorough critique / trashing of
>Machen's grammar. If not does anyone have a list of problems
>and failings they would like to share. I could use it, since
>I occassionally have to deal with pro-Machen types. I have
>some thoughts of my own about the Machen, but would welcome
>your impact.


I have used several grammars in teaching Greek, including Machen.
The main criticism of Machen I have is something I have heard many
others complain about, that is, that his Greek exercises are too
contrived and do not necessarily reflect normal Koine or Attic Greek.
Other than that, I think he is fine. His grammar can certainly be
supplemented with real life Greek readings, or if one really wants to
get industrious, he can create his own exercises.

Paul Dixon

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