This book is intended primarily for readers who are beginning the study of the Greek Testament either without any previous acquaintance with the Greek language or with an acquaintance so imperfect that a renewed course of elementary instruction is needed. KEY TOPICS: Provides information on the first declension, the second declension, masculine nouns of the first declension, third declension, imperfect middle and passive indicative, the imperative mood, the perfect tense, conjugations of I Give, I Place, I Let Go, I Show, I Destroy, I Cause To Stand and I Know.
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It has been more than eighty years since Dr. Machen produced his classic textbook on New Testament Greek. And yet, as this revision is being prepared, the original edition is still in print. As an unrevised textbook this surely has set some kind of record. A number of reasons might be adduced for this longevity: its clarity of organization, its pedagogical simplicity, its conciseness of presentation and description, its success in dividing and arranging the material, and no doubt its familiarity to three or four generations of New Testament Greek instructors. Yet much has changed since 1923. For one thing, our knowledge of many aspects of New Testament Greek has been considerably refined. Perhaps more important, the educational preparation of students is quite different at the end of the twentieth century than it was at the beginning. Very few students now arrive in class with a solid working knowledge of Latin, and many students do not even have good grounding in English grammar. Rudiments of language that Dr. Machen assumed all students would know can no longer be taken for granted.
Many instructors have argued that these are good reasons for preparing another grammar entirely and giving Machen's grammar an honored place in a museum, where it may be forgotten. And indeed, criticism of Machen, regarding both content and pedagogical effectiveness, has not been lacking. But surely an alternative is to revise Machen's grammar in light of our present situation, and thus make the effectiveness of this classic available to a new generation.
This revision is fairly conservative. Since one main advantage of the original is its familiarity, the reviser has tried to retain as much of its character and organization as possible. The following is an outline of the main differences from the original.
Machen was successful in avoiding some of the linguistic faux pas of his day, and thus, although many other changes have been introduced relating to either pedagogical or linguistic concerns, they do not radically alter the character of Machen's original.
Many thanks are in order, of course. First, thanks go to my colleagues and mentors at Westminster Seminary. I should also like to thank two of our Ph.D. students, Messrs. John Makujina and Adam Brice, for their suggestions. Further, hearty thanks are expressed to Dr. Bruce M. Metzger for permitting the use of his supplemental word list. Special gratitude is due Mr. Wells Turner for his critical help in various stages of this venture. Finally, I am still, after thirty years, thankful to Mr. Ed Nelson, who first taught me Greek at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, using (of course) Machen's New Testament Greek for Beginners.
Though it may be doubted whether this grammar can be kept going for another eighty years, it is the reviser's hope that Dr. Machen's wonderful pedagogical accomplishment will minister to at least one more generation of students desirous of reading God's Word in the original languages.
Dan G. McCartney
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Book Description Prentice Hall, 1923. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110023734809
Book Description Prentice Hall, 1923. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Revised. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0023734809