In the decade and a half since I began studying New Testament Greek, I’ve acquired numerous books and software-based resources to help me stay active in my language studies. A favorite of mine for many years has been Matthew S. Demoss’s Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek (IVP, 2001). While I’ll continue to keep Demoss’s book close at hand, it now has a new neighbor in the stack of key resources I keep at my desk. All that to say, I’m excited to add Douglas S. Huffman’s The Handy Guide to New Testament Greek (Kregel Academic, 2012) to my personal library.
While the book is brief at only 112 pages, don’t be fooled by it’s small size. It has a lot to offer. Huffman breaks the book into three parts. Part one is a refresher on all of things that are typically covered in a first year Greek Grammar (alphabet, breathing marks, nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc.). Part two is a refresher on Greek syntax (case usage, article usage, and verb usage). Sections one and two of the book will be great for both review and as a reference. Where the book really shines is part three, which focuses on phrase diagramming. To be honest diagramming wasn’t my favorite part of Greek studies. However, the presentation of material in part three of the book is straight forward and practical with several detailed examples. I came away encouraged, thinking that maybe I can do this diagramming “stuff” after all.
Greek students, pastors, and even Greek professors will all find Huffman’s book to be quite useful as a quick reference for various elements of Greek grammar and syntax. First and second your Greek students should consider picking up a copy of the book to review in order to keep their Greek skills sharp over summer break. It would also make a great gift for the Greek-loving Bible college or seminary student in your life, who’s graduating this spring.
The Handy Guide to New Testament Greek is my new favorite Greek quick reference guide. It will occupy a special place on my desk for years to come. Highly recommended. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
About the Author:
Douglas S. Huffman is professor and chair of the Department of Biblical and Theological studies at Northwestern College in Minnesota. He is the coeditor of God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God.
This product was provided by Kregel Academic for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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