Re: Duval/Guthrie vs. Gordon Fee

From: Kevin W. Woodruff (
Date: Wed Feb 24 1999 - 13:02:21 EST


I decided to use both in my classes. D/G has much better introductions to
the subject areas. I chose D/G mainly because of their chapter on spiritual
preparation which I feel is an absolute necessity for any expositor who
ministers the Word of God. I kept Fee because of his discussions on how to
do a word study and diagramming and because I think he covers the various
genres better


At 11:20 PM 2/23/99 -0800, you wrote:
>My local library just purchased Duval/Guthrie on NT Greek Exegesis and I
>was looking it over this evening for the first time. I was comparing it
>to the 2nd edition of Gordon Fee's book on the same subject.
>I wonder how many of you NT Greek professors have given up using Gordon
>Fee's text for this new book. If you have, why did you? And if you
>reviewed Duval/Guthrie and decided to stay with Gordon Fee, what were
>your reasons?
>***stop reading here if you are going to respond to the question****
>My *first impressions of Duval/Guthrie on NT Greek Exegesis
>Format: Work Book
>Tone: Kay Arthur for college students
>Approach to Syntax: Traditional
>Major Strengths: Good Illustrations, top down approach (starts with
>macro analysis and works toward micro analysis), simple method of
>diagramming semantic relationships, authors seem to know their audience
>and have tailored this book accordingly.
>Minor Weaknesses: folksy, light on theory, pragmatic to a fault
>Major Surprises: What Duval/Guthrie call semantic diagramming is quite
>similar to what I have been doing for years and calling it syntax
>diagramming. I don't use their semantic labels.
>Overall Assessment: If I were teaching NT Greek Exegesis I might be
>tempted to give this book a try. I don't think I would replace Fee with
>Duval/Guthrie. Fee is too valuable to retire quite yet.
>Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
>Three Tree Point
>P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062
>*These are first impressions. I reserve the right to change my mind by
>tomorrow morning.
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