In my previous post about B&H Academic’s book by David Alan Black, I was able to also get a copy of the supplemental workbook that goes with the book. The Learn to Read New Testament Greek Workbook, also published by B&H Academic is a very good addition to the main book. This workbook is written by Ben Guitierrez and Cara L. Murphy and was published in 2009. I was very happy when I also received a copy of B&H Academic’s “Learn to Read New Testament Greek Workbook” in the mail at my house. I have said multiple times in our Inductive Bible Studies that being able to look at the original languages and understanding better what we are reading can really help you in your studies.
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Flowing along with the book that this workbook accompanies (Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Alan Black), this workbook provides many more exercises to help you learn Koine Greek that was used to write the New Testament. It covers extra exercises from the first 25 chapters of the textbook which are geared toward grammar, vocabulary and interpretation exercises. The only downside that I can think of is that the answers to the exercises are not available in the book. They say that if you are an instructor, you can contact B&H Publishing to request the answer key. However, if you are a self-learner like myself, the answer key might be helpful for me to check myself. Their logic is that it’s too tempting for some people to use the answer key too early and not get the benefit of working with other students to learn together. I actually agree with that logic, but for a self-learner, it isn’t as easy to do that. Even without the answer key, this workbook still is an excellent resource that I would highly recommended to get in addition to the main textbook to help you learn Biblical Greek. Please note, much like the main textbook, this will take time to accomplish – it is NOT something for you if you aren’t willing or want to put some effort into this.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK
Type of Book: Biblical Reference / Biblical Languages
Publisher: B&H Academic / Lifeway
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0-8054-4792-7
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this Bible Survey Reference book from is Christianbook.com. They have it for $19.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $28.99 but they do not sell directly from their website. See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
Typeface and Print:
Very similar to the main textbook, the ease of reading this workbook was very good. This workbook is not in color either. Normally, I like a full-color book, but there really is no reason for this workbook to be done in color. Good printing and a pretty opaque paper make this easy to read the text on every page.
OK, this is the part where I get to tell you about how I like or dislike this book in a detailed manner.
Ease of Use:
This workbook is very easy to use, but with that said, it will take some effort on your part. If you are like me and are a self-learning type, then just go at your own pace, but be diligent to stick with it. Like I mentioned in my opening statement, the only downside (if there is one) is that the answer key to the exercises are not in the book. It states in the preface the reasoning for this, and I honestly do understand why they do this. The main reason is for students to work together on helping each other through the learning process through the workbook. With that said, I am a self-learner, and currently don’t have a study group to work with.
Study Tools Helpful & Informative:
The workbook is broken up into sections that cover the first 25 chapters of the main textbook. The last chapter in the textbook is geared toward reading the Greek New Testament, where the first 25 chapters, like this entire workbook, are geared toward grammar, concepts and vocabulary as well as translation exercises. Similar to the textbook, this workbook is very nicely done.
Chapter 1 – The Letters and Sounds of Greek
Chapter 2 – The Greek Verb System
Chapter 3 – Present and Future Active Indicative
Chapter 4 – Nouns of the Second Declension
Chapter 5 – Nouns of the First Declension
Chapter 6 – Adjectives of the first and Second Declensions
Chapter 7 – Imperfect and Aorist Active Indicative
Chapter 8 – Additional Prepositions
Chapter 9 – Personal Pronouns
Chapter 10 – Perfect and Pluperfect Active Indicative
Chapter 11 – Demonstrative Pronouns
Chapter 12 – Present Middle and Passive Indicative
Chapter 13 – Perfect Middle and Passive, Future Middle Indicative
Chapter 14 – Imperfect Middle and Passive, Aorist Middle, and Pluperfect Middle and Passive Indicative
Chapter 15 – Aorist and Future Passive Indicative
Chapter 16 – Review of the Indicative Mood
Chapter 17 – Nouns of the Third Declension
Chapter 18 – Adjectives, Pronouns, and Numerals of the First and Third Declensions
Chapter 19 – Contract and Liquid Verbs
Chapter 20 – Participles (Verbal Adjectives)
Chapter 21 – Infinitives (Verbal Nouns)
Chapter 22 – Additional Pronouns
Chapter 23 – The Subjective Mood
Chapter 24 – The Imperative and Optative Moods
Chapter 25 – The Conjugation of μι (Mu Iota) Verbs
Appendix A – Indicative Verb Chart
Appendix B – Participle Chart
Appendix C – Infinitive, Imperative, and Subjunctive Charts
Durability of Book:
This book is made as you would expect a typical softcover workbook to be produced and is printed on nice paper so it feels fine in your hands.
MY CHRISTIAN REVIEWER RATINGS:
Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular book with a 1 to 10 range.
Quality: 9.1 – It is a workbook after all, so it will need a little extra care. It will stand up to the normal wear and tear that typical workbooks can handle. Print is easy to read.
Appearance: 9.1 – Overall, the flow of the content of these exercises closely follow the chapters of the main textbook, making it an excellent supplement to the textbook.
Value: 9.2 – For the suggested retail price and what you get from a content standpoint for this book, I would say that this is a very good value if you are honestly interested in starting your learning of New Testament Greek.
Innovation: 9.6 – I really do like how this workbook gives additional exercises to practice learning Koine Greek to help you read the New Testament in its original language. It follows and supplements the main textbook very nicely and is highly recommended as an additional resource if you get the main textbook.
Other/Wildcard: n/a – no wildcards to speak of so I will leave this as n/a and not include it in the overall rating calculation.
Overall Rating: 9.3 out of 10
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