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New Testament Greek, Revised and Expanded Edition

A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar

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"This revision is one of the better grammars of New Testament Greek on the market. . . . The material presented is comprehensive in scope and much more detailed than other grammars. . . . An admirable work that would make a good text for a New Testament Greek course.”—Laurence M. Vance, Review of Biblical Literature

For over twenty years, first-year Greek students have relied on James Allen Hewett's New Testament Greek: A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar for its straightforward approach to the fundamentals of language study. Now completely revised and updated, this trusted grammar will provide a new generation of beginning scholars with a solid foundation for doing translation, exegesis, and biblical interpretation.

New Testament Greek clearly presents complex Greek grammatical concepts in terms of familiar English grammar. Each concept is then illustrated using multiple examples from the New Testament, and students apply their learning with translation exercises drawn directly from biblical text instead of artificial sentences created by grammarians. The CD-ROM included with the textbook contains powerful learning tools for vocalizing Greek, mastering new vocabulary, and identifying verb forms.

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"The teaching of New Testament Greek is under constant pressure to be curtailed or eliminated altogether, so any major attempt to make Greek accessible and learnable is to be warmly welcomed. Hewett's grammar begins with the basics, including discussion of English, in order to put students on the right track. The author and his revisers have made a significant effort to introduce students to the essentials of New Testament Greek."

Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario

The Authors

  1. James Allen Hewett

    James Allen Hewett

    James Allen Hewett (PhD, University of Manchester), a pastor with a strong background in language education, has taught Greek at Uganda Christian University, Oral Roberts University, and Asbury Theological Seminary.

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  2. C. Michael Robbins

    C. Michael Robbins

    C. Michael Robbins (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is associate professor of New Testament at Azusa Pacific University.

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  3. Steven R. Johnson

    Steven R. Johnson

    Steven R. Johnson (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is professor of religion and chair of the department at Lycoming College.

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"This revision is one of the better grammars of New Testament Greek on the market. . . . The material presented is comprehensive in scope and much more detailed than other grammars. . . . Each chapter ends with an abundance of translation exercises, many drawn from the New Testament, to give students practice in using the grammatical concepts introduced in the current and preceding chapters. . . . This revision of Hewett's grammar contains some important new features. There are additional tables, charts, and examples, including the addition of a table of abbreviations at the beginning of the book. There is a greatly expanded use of Scripture verses as examples. This is an important feature lacking in many introductory grammars. . . . The most notable additions are the two new introductory chapters that precede the chapter on the alphabet. . . . The book also comes with valuable resources on a CD, including an answer key to the translation exercises, Greek word charts, and GreekTools software by Thomas A. Robinson. . . . An admirable work that would make a good text for a New Testament Greek course."--Laurence M. Vance, Review of Biblical Literature

"This is a book that the academic community has been waiting for. . . . Although we have many introductions to the New Testament and biblical Greek, this work takes us beyond that into the realm of an intermediate grammar. . . . The revisers have built upon Hewitt's excellent work by rewriting substantially the discussions in each chapter in the light of more recent discussions in Greek grammar. . . . It is hoped that this revised edition will see much use in the teaching of New Testament Greek. It is further hoped that the aim of the original author will be vindicated in that it will be become a successful bridge between the learning of grammar and syntax and the exegesis of those texts that are our hope and blessing in this life of faith."--Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, Review of Biblical Literature

"Teachers of New Testament Greek may want to consider this new text. Two professor colleagues of the original author Hewett, C. Michael Robbins and Steven R. Johnson, have provided a thoroughly revised and expanded version of his introductory textbook on New Testament Greek, first published in 1986. The authors take a classic and thorough approach, leading the student reader through the various components of grammar, the mysteries of the alphabet, and a step-by-step acquaintance with the necessary forms and structures of the language--all the while building vocabulary. A CD containing prompts and exercises accompanies the volume and enhances its pedagogical value."--The Bible Today

"Linguists, biblical scholars, and students of religious studies have varying motives for learning Koine Greek; however, all will benefit from James Allen Hewett's New Testament Greek. This text, revised and expanded from his 1986 edition with the assistance of C. Michael Robbins and Steven R. Johnson, addresses the changing needs of today's students and recent discussions regarding Greek grammar. While most grammars are traditionally written for classroom use, this text can be used by the self-motivating individual who wants to learn Koine. The three introductory chapters of this 25 chapter text contain two completely new sections that provide basic background and learning tools enabling students to begin language study, such as extensive grammar background, meaning, orthography, and alphabet. Each chapter focuses on a grammar component. . . . Examples and exercises utilize scripture passages. Five appendixes contain complete declension and conjugation tables, Greek to English vocabulary, English to Greek vocabulary, and principal parts of common verbs. An index of subjects and an index of scripture and Greek literature used in the text are included. The CD-ROM contains key to exercises and Greek word charts in .pdf as well as supplemental learning materials (alphabet tutor, pronunciation guide, vocabulary drills, and verb decoder). Unlocking the key of any sacred text is challenging. When the sacred text is in a foreign language the reader either accepts translations or embarks upon learning the language. Hewett's well-written and easy-to-use grammar enables the reader to undertake the latter. Public, academic, and theological libraries should have this title on their shelves."--Libraries Unlimited

"The book has many good features: the authors recognize that words have areas of meaning and transferred uses, incorporating this insight into vocabularies and the key to exercises. A variety of elements is introduced in most chapters rather than a single grammatical figure, and syntax is presented sensitively as the student progresses. Students are made aware of -mi verbs early on rather than finding them a nasty shock at the end; good use is made of NT phrases and sentences in the exercises. Accents are introduced gradually. . . . I would . . . recommend this book for able students and those with previous linguistic experience."--Ruth B. Edwards, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"I would recommend this textbook to those interested in the traditional grammar-translation approach, and who are also looking for something fresh but not altogether too different."--Michael Halcomb, Stone-Campbell Journal

"Many who study Greek and then return to the language after a prolonged absence will likely find this text a great help as the quick progression from basic to intermediate concepts is ideal for their situation."--W. Andrew Smith, Expository Times