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Mastering New Testament Greek: Essential Tools for Students [Paperback]

By Thomas A. Robinson (Author)
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Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.1" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   1.07 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565635760  
EAN  9781565635760  

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Learning New Testament Greek can be a daunting task. In Mastering New Testament Greek: Essential Tools for Students, with CD-ROM, Thomas A. Robinson offers learners an inventive set of tools that can be used alongside their beginning grammar text to help them move toward Greek mastery. At the heart of Robinson's ingenious vocabulary mastery system are his Cognate Groups that link Greek words together based on their common roots, enabling those desiring to learn Greek to build a working vocabulary more quickly and easily. Additional vocabulary-building tools in Mastering New Testament Greek include: * a comprehensive list of words that are identical in English and Greek * detailed explanations of Greek suffixes and prefixes * a familiar list of English words derived from Greek roots * a helpful cognate Greek-English dictionary Mastering New Testament Greek, the revised and expanded third edition of Robinson's well-received Mastering Greek Vocabulary, now includes an Index of Greek Word Endings that enables those studying Greek to decode baffling grammatical forms, as well as an innovative collection of charts that illustrate the correlations between Greek prepositions and the cases they use to complete their meanings. Mastering New Testament Greek also comes with a CD-ROM packed with user-friendly software programs that support and expand the utilities contained in the book. Software modules guide users in: * mastering the Greek alphabet and pronunciation * learning new vocabulary * reviewing Greek verbs * parsing difficult grammatical forms Taken together, the tools contained in Mastering New Testament Greek and in the accompanying CD-ROM comprise an essential toolkit that students of the language of the New Testament, from beginning to advanced, will not want to be without.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas A. Robinson is professor of religious studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He specializes in the relationship between Christianity and Judaism and in the development of Christianity's distinctive identity in the Roman Empire. His previous books include Early Christian Reader and World Religions.

Thomas A. Robinson was born in 1951.

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I am thoroughly glad I purchased this little book.  Nov 18, 2008
I am thoroughly glad I purchased this little book.

The list of 250 Greek words which directly correlate to English is worth gold for one starting out learning Greek.
The Cognate groupings of words are beautifully laid out.
Then all the prefixes and suffixes are listed alone.

Great Job Thomas!!
New Testament Greek  Jul 5, 2007
One has to be a student of New Testament Greek to find this book useful. It is helpful because it groups families of Greek words---a lot of verbs especially---to enable the memory to learn their meanings and hold onto them when reading N.T. Greek and translating.
A very useful tool for learning Koine Greek vocabulary through roots  Feb 15, 2007
To master a good vocabulary in Koine Greek, there are two methods, i.e. by roots and by domain. If you are pursuing the method by roots, this is a very good book to take on after you have mastered the renowned and basic text in lexical aid written by Metzger. The basic 1,000 words have been covered by the book and highlighted as >10 times. Words are given under a common root. The book enable the reader to broaden his vocabulary after having mastered the high frequency words and relate them to the low frequency words with the same root.
Confusing approach to Greek vocabulary  Apr 17, 2006
Each student of Greek, as with any language, will find certain aspects of the language frustrating and difficult to master. For me, the morphology and grammar were not terribly difficult, but vocabulary is an endless source of frustration. As Robinson points out in this book, there are around 5000 unique words in the New Testament, so a large vocabulary is essential to reading the Greek New Testament with ease.
In his book "Mastering Greek Vocabulary," Robinson has managed to make Greek vocabulary considerably more frustrating and hard to learn than previous books. His idea is to arrange vocabulary according to roots and frequency. More frequent roots occur higher in his list, and beneath the root are various vocabulary words derived from the root. Robinson breaks down words where possible, showing the prefixes and suffixes attached to the root to form the new word.
The problem with this approach is that it is actually more confusing to study words derived from a single root all at once, as opposed to studying them in isolation. If you learn that the root 'echo' means 'have or hold', and then successively learn the words 'anechomai', 'apecho', 'katecho', 'parecho', and so forth, you are bound to get them mixed up with one another. Robinson, I suppose, would answer that if you learn your prefixes and suffixes well, it should be easy to derive the meanings of words without rote memorization and to keep their meanings straight. But, e.g., he gives the meaning of the prefix 'par' as "beside, disordered, negative." The meaning of the root 'echo' is have/hold. He gives the meaning of 'parecho' as "cause." Beside + have = cause? No, the only way to learn this word is via rote, and when you learn it with five other 'echo' words you can be guaranteed confusion and frustration.
A better approach, I think, is Bruce Metzger's "Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek". Robinson's book was meant to be an improvement on Metzer, but why tamper with a classic? Although he also has a separate section on roots, Metzger orders words according to their frequency regardless of roots, and is much easier for students. My only complaint is that he doesn't use a two-column format for the Greek and English words, which makes it hard to cover the page to test oneself. Bill Mounce also has a useful set of flash cards ordered according to word frequency. Either of these tools, in my opinion, would be better than the confusing approach of the Robinson book.
Nothing but praise for this small book...  Feb 5, 2004
This little book exceeds the value of its purchase price. Its excellent organization of Greek vocabulary by root and other study aids will vastly encourage and develop your Greek word power. It is dynamite! "auton estin agathon!"

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