Switching Beginning Greek Grammars (if anyone cares)

I’ve been using Croy’s A Primer of Biblical Greek. Partly because it was suggested along with Black’s by Mike Aubrey and partly because it includes passages from the LXX in the exercises and maybe a couple of other reasons I can’t remember.

I’m a NetGalley reviewer and I requested Black’s new 3rd edition of Learn to Read New Testament Greek. After I requested it they said they’d be asking for my class size and where I teach. Ha. So I wouldn’t be getting that one. But then a week later I found it in the mail along with the workbook too! I feel guilty but I’m going to do a good review for them especially since I bought Mounce’s also.

In looking through Black’s book I like it better. It’s more efficient but at the same time explains terms that Croy’s doesn’t. As an example, in an exercise in Croy’s book, I didn’t understand how someone could be taught by the word if ‘word’ is a dative. But in Black’s book it explains that it’s an instrumental dative. However Black’s will leave out things that aren’t as important like rules of accenting which are put in an appendix.

I find myself learning more in less space in this book. It’s probably a little less comprehensive so when I’m done I’ll go to Croy and Mounce.

I got Mounce just to get a really rounded education and to do a good comparative review of Black’s and it’s very good of course but there’s just a little too much stuff going on compared to Black. I like how Mounce as the Exegetical Insight at the beginning of each chapter which I’ll be reading. Black also helps more with exegetical skills.

Look for a review in the future.

Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Alan Black

10 Responses to “Switching Beginning Greek Grammars (if anyone cares)”


  1. 1 TC Robinson

    Jeff, Does your blog qualify as a classroom?

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Probably not. I certainly wouldn’t qualify as a teacher as much as I know you all look to me for my incredible wisdom.
    Jeff

    (you know I’m kidding, just for those not familiar)

  3. 3 TC Robinson

    Well, I’m glad they still sent it.

  4. 4 Paul

    Ooh, don’t let Carson hear you say accents aren’t as important! See his Greek Accents: A Student’s Manual.

    Happy Greeking!

    May I suggest, if you’re not already past this, that next to understanding the Genitive case, learning the prepositions and articles are quintessential to mastering 1st and 2nd year Greek?

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Paul. I don’t doubt accenting rules are important, but maybe not for the first semester of Greek.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t plan on going past 1st year Greek but I will keep that in mind as I go through.
    Jeff

  6. 6 Paul

    You’re most welcome. Enjoy the classes; wish I could sit in!

  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression. I’m learning Greek on my own and am switching from Croy’s book to Black’s.

  8. 8 Paul

    Ah…silly me. Well enjoy the independent studies!

  9. 9 brian

    this will be a good move for you Jeff. Let us know how it goes!

  10. 10 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. I’ll let you know in about a year. (smiley would go here)
    Jeff

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