A Primer of Biblical Greek

Croy, N. Clayton: A Primer of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 1999/2011. 1 pp. ISBN 978-0-8028-6733-2

Though there are currently a number of texts for teaching biblical Greek, most of them are plagued by various deficiencies. Written with these flaws in mind, this new primer by N. Clayton Croy offers an effective, single-volume introduction to biblical Greek that has proven successful in classrooms around the country. This volume takes a primarily deductive approach to teaching biblical Greek and assumes that students have no prior knowledge of the language. Divided into 32 separate lessons, each containing a generous number of exercises, the text leads students from the Greek alphabet to a working understanding of the language of the Septuagint and the New Testament. Special features of A Primer of Biblical Greek:
- An abundance of exercises
- Each lesson includes practice sentences taken from the Septuagint and the New Testament as well as Greek sentences composed by the author. Exercises in English-to-Greek translation are also included.
- Concise but accurate grammatical explanations
- Great care has been taken to insure that grammatical explanations are clear, correct, and succinct. In particular, the Greek participle receives a fuller-than-usual treatment.
- A natural order of presentation
- Material is presented according to the natural structure of Greek and the traditional terminology of grammarians. - - Declensions and principal parts, for example, are presented in numerical order.
- Inclusive language
- The book uses inclusive language for human beings throughout.
- Helpful appendixes for quick reference
- Included at the back of the book are the Greek paradigms, Greek-to-English vocabulary, English-to-Greek vocabulary, and a bibliography for further study.