Re: introduction

From: david spear (
Date: Sat Apr 03 1999 - 18:19:56 EST

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<DIV><BR>-----Original Message-----<BR>From: Trevor Jenkins &lt;<A
Biblical Greek &lt;<A
Saturday, April 03, 1999 2:26 PM<BR>Subject: Re: introduction<BR>&gt;&gt;
Welcome to b-greek.&nbsp; I can recommend&nbsp; J. W. Wenham's The Elements of
New<BR>&gt;&gt; Testament Greek, Cambridge University Press as a good beginning
textbook.<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;If Catherine is going to teach herself then I would
recommend Ian MacNair's<BR>&gt;&quot;Teach yourself New Testament Greek&quot;
(In England it's known as &quot;Discovering<BR>&gt;...&quot; there being a
&quot;Teach Yourself ...&quot; book already.)<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;&gt; I, like
yourself, have been teaching myself, and I have found this text<BR>&gt;&gt; very
helpful.&nbsp; He takes time (space?) to explain some of the finer
points<BR>&gt;&gt; of greek grammar using actual NT examples, is well keyed to
an english<BR>&gt;&gt; grammar introduction, and has lots of exercises.&nbsp;
There is also a summary<BR>&gt;&gt; of the morphology at the end.&nbsp; I wish
the exercises had more examples<BR>from<BR>&gt;&gt; the NT text itself, but all
in all, I've been happy with it.&nbsp; I checked,<BR>&gt;&gt; and this text is
available at<BR>&gt;&gt;<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;MacNair's book is also
available via Amazon. Though I picked up my copy in<BR>&gt;a local
bookstore.<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;There are differences in approach between the books.
Wenham assumes that<BR>&gt;you are &quot;au fait&quot; with grammar, which was
the case when he wrote his book<BR>&gt;back in the 60s. MacNair knows that you
are unlikely to have had formal<BR>&gt;grammar studies and therefore does not
rely upon such knowledge. Wenham is<BR>&gt;formal; MacNair is humorous (Scottish
rather than English---but that's no<BR>&gt;problem as there are neither Scots
nor English in Jesus). Wenham doesn't<BR>&gt;discuss breathing at all; MacNair
covers them (very well) in the first<BR>&gt;lesson. I find that a major problem
with Wenham. Wenham is intended for<BR>&gt;class study, which makes it difficult
to use for self-study; MacNair is<BR>&gt;geared to personal study, which makes
it useful for both class and<BR>&gt;self-study.<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;I have copies of
both books. Wenham lay on my bookshelf for almost 25<BR>&gt;years. MacNair has
not been put on the shelf since I bought it last year.<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;I will
admit to a personal bias for MacNair. I knew him back in the 80s<BR>&gt;when he
was associate pastor of a church where I was a deacon. That said
I<BR>&gt;haven't seen him for about a decade.<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt;Regards,
Trevor<BR>&gt;<BR>Greetings,<BR><BR>I too am new to the list and I appreciate
the info on the book by MacNair.<BR>I'm a novice at this point in Greek but very
hungry to learn more.<BR>Could anyone tell me whether or not the book &quot;
Essentials of New Testament<BR>Greek&quot; by Ray Summers<BR>is a good book for
a beginner or would the MacNair book be more suitable<BR>since I will be
learning on my own?<BR><BR>In His service...Dave


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