A Primer of Biblical Greek (Croy) (NS-CL)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans

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.


Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
"Offers stimulating and insightful discussions of various aspects of the study of Isaiah. . . . This collection of essays presents a window into the current state of research concerning Isaiah, particularly with regard to questions of the book's formation, and has much to offer to both students and scholars."

Religious Studies Review
"This new textbook provides a traditional presentation of beginning Greek grammar ideally suited for college and seminary courses. . . The abundance and variety of exercises provide flexibility for use with different class formats and teaching styles and prevent students' familiarity with the NT from becoming a hindrance . . . A strong contender for instructors unhappy with outdated and idiosyncratic grammars."
Review of Biblical Literature
"This may be the best introductory text published in recent years. In terms of progression through the material, quality of explanatory examples of verbal constructions, and usefulness of the homework exercises, this book is unsurpassed."