Title: Greek For Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application
Author: Chadwick Thornhill
“Reading the New Testament in its original language is one of the most effective ways to gain a greater understanding of the message of the Bible. Even though Greek is important to preparation for preaching and teaching, many who are called to ministry will not be able to dedicate years of study to master the language. But a lack of mastery of Greek should not exclude us from gleaning important insight and inspiration from reading Scripture in its original language.
Now pastors, Bible study instructors, Sunday school teachers, and serious lay students of the Bible can learn the basics of biblical Greek at their own pace. Greek for Everyone explains how the Greek language works and introduces the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, equipping readers to understand the original meaning of the New Testament. By focusing on the takeaways that most impact interpretation, this accessible book provides a working knowledge of biblical Greek for the study of Scripture.”
My Thoughts: Before this book I had no knowledge of the Greek language whatsoever! All I knew of it was what you hear from TV fraternities in their names, obviously not much at all. I requested this book for some basic knowledge and I would like to be able to read parts of the Bible in its original text.
This book starts off with the author explaining the basics of the language. This is so important! If you miss the basics of what makes up the language, other than just the letters, you will miss how to interpret it the way it was written.
After you complete the first chapter you move into the basics of the alphabet and letters. This book was laid out so well that it was simple to follow along. Each section was covered in full before moving onto the next step in the process so you can be sure you understand that concept before moving on. I liked how at the end of the section there were places to practice what you just learned.
Recommendation: This book is a basic overview of the language. You will by no means become fluent in Greek from this book but you will learn how to read some and get the basics. I learned far more from this book than I expected. If you are just looking to learn a little more so you can read some of the Bible in Greek then this book is for you. Trust me, if I can learn Greek from this book, you can too.
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for my honest review.