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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,304 ratings  ·  75 reviews
New, updated editions of the best-selling and most widely accepted textbook and workbook for learning biblical Greek William D. Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and its companion tool Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook are by far the best-selling and most widely accepted textbooks for learning New Testament Greek. As a result of feedback from professors, the author ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 21st 2003 by Zondervan (first published 1993)
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Corey Decker
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is, in my humble opinion, the best Greek Grammar for first year students. Unlike many other grammars, Mounce does not give information without explaining its purpose. Instead of listing all of the exceptions to a rule, he gives a simple, concise summary of the rule and seeks to explain the irregularities. You will not feel as though you are reading a bunch of paradigms chapter after chapter. It is well organized and has a very encouraging practical example of the new material being propose ...more
Robert Schut
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greek
I was not able to learn NT Greek though the traditional manner of teacher-led classes so I had to resort to self-help. This book is the best on the market for the student w/o a teacher. Mounce provided excellent descriptions of what he is doing and why he does it. He also provides many helps such his workbook "Basics of Biblical Greek." I really love workbooks. My thinking process works better when my hands are doing something so I think it was great. The only problem that I have with Mounce's t ...more
Brent McCulley
Mounce really has created a fantastic resource, as I worked through this textbook in two of my Greek courses in my masters degree program (M.Div), which took about half a year to complete. Having a good working knowledge of basic New Testament biblical Greek has strengthened my understanding of exegesis immeasurably. Not only am I able to interact exegetically with critical commentaries, but being able to open up my Greek New Testament and read and translate the text myself is invaluable. Truly ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I spent three years going through this book on my own. I am no expert in Biblical Greek and cannot just released the Bible in Greek, but I am able to effectively use tools to understand the original language if I take the time to study a short passage. I am very thankful for this resource and feel like it was a great help to me in my studies.

I have not looked at any other books, but I would recommend this for someone that is not a seminary student and has no prior exposure to Greek. There are a
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Hard to review a textbook. Years ago I used Machen's grammar for a greek course and found it much simpler and easier to work with. But Mounce's book has it's strengths and was helpful in many areas as well. When all was said and done, though, I found myself reverting back to Machen's methodology for learning and memorization more often than not.
Steven Long
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The must-have primer for learning Koine Greek! If you're a student of Greek or plan to be I would highly recommend this book. Mounce goes into great detail of certain morphological peculiarities rather than just spewing them from memory. His discussion on 3rd declension nouns was the reason I was finally able to learn the paradigm. Understanding why they declined the way they did was helpful for me to finally grasp the concept.
Lori L.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome for the study of Biblical Greek, particularly when studying the New Testament. Great resource - I learned a lot! W. D. Mounce is definitely an authority on this topic, and he makes it VERY easy to comprehend if you are willing to put in the study time. Loved it!
Ben Flegal
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While at times Mounce nay oversimplify linguistic matters, this book is very helpful for the average student of Greek who has not studied much grammar in general. Mounce does a very good job of tying Greek grammar two known English grammar, which he also explains.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a geek. Mounce presented the best textbook for learning New Testament Greek. If you want to dig deeper as you learn, you can read his notes on the bottom if his pages. If you just want to survive, you can skip the notes.

May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well explained with additional insights into Greek language, and even included common phrases for fun.
Ram Lama
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-grammar
This book is wonderful to learn the Biblical Greek. It will be very much helpful for the first year student.
Murph Hutson
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source for learning Biblical Greek. There are wonderful tools that make the learning easy and fun.
vittore paleni
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is pitched at a 10th grade level and therefore refuses to treat you as an adult. Go with Decker instead.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I took Spanish in high school (a correspondence course) and I must say that I wish that the textbook and workbooks for that class were produced in the same format as this Greek Grammar. Mounce teaches in a compare/contrast style. Throughout the book he teaches, or reminds you of, English grammar and then gives you the Greek grammar. It is at times quite different from the English equivalent but the contrast actually helps one understand it more. He will also give you examples of things you will ...more
Preston Kelso
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a student of New Testament Greek I found myself studying from this introductory grammar every day during my undergraduate studies at Central Baptist College. In my graduate studies at the BMA Theological Seminary we still reference and consult this book when grammatical issues arise. Mounce's book is the standard in the field and duly so. For the pastor or layperson desiring to learn the language of the New Testament, this book is helpful for a number of reason.

1) It is very readable and mos
Adam Balshan
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars [Language]
Outstanding Greek grammar for those who prefer the deductive method. Each chapter has an instructive "exegetical insight" to start, comparisons between Greek and English, an overview, and a body that includes paradigms broken down into sections so as not to appear too lengthy. All make for a rather concise and well-organized work. Mounce takes an uncommon view of case endings which makes them easier to memorize.

I didn't like inductive Greek grammar by Dobson, Learn New Testam
Ashton Herrod
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I learned Biblical Greek in college and loved it! This was a nice little refresher. However, having learned from Machen, I did not like the style of this grammar quite as much.

The grammar continued to say throughout the book that one did not have to memorize paradigms and that it would be easier if one simply learned the rules of the way the word formed and the "true endings." After reading this grammar, I disagree that that is an easier method. I believe it is actually easier to memorize the p
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-greek
I’m not rating this “5-stars” because I just LOVED taking Greek that much… working all the way through this book was extremely difficult and very frustrating at times. But, what I am saying is that this Grammar was excellent to work through. It was extremely clear and extremely helpful. The “Exegetical Insights” at the start of each chapter are very encouraging and are kind of this warm hug before you start each chapter… they help you see how each new tool you are learning really will make you a ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Learning any new language is not an easy task for most people, but Mr. Mounce has done an excellent job of simplifying the language and portraying the material in an easy to understand way. Though at times his explanations falter, for the most part he provides the right balance of content and explanation. Overall the pacing of the book is good, though sometimes he moves through material too quickly, expecting his readers to blast through paradigms in a hurry. Aside from this it is difficult to f ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the best grammar textbook I have ever used. The method Mounce uses in teaching Greek maximizes on learning the principles of grammar in Koine Greek so that one doesn't have to learn lots of paradigms. I liked that very much. Also, the vocabulary learned is kept to an absolute minimum, which at an early stage is probably beneficial.

Mounce's division were also quite helpful for me. First, he takes you through the nominal system (nouns, pronouns, adjectives), then the indicative verbal sys
A useful introduction to Biblical Greek. The format is straight forward and not difficult to follow and the workbook exercises complement the chapters well, except for the occasional more difficult sentences from patristics and the LXX. I used this book for my first year of Greek in Bible College and it was easy to sue when I was tutoring 1st year Greek students since the chapters were laid out well. By necessity some explanations are oversimplified that can be corrected with intermediate and ad ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The standard introduction to NT Greek. It is laid out well, and Mounce's teaching style is straightforward. The textbook, in conjunction with the associated workbook and Mounce's website of additional resources, provide a comprehensive system for the beginning student of the language.

A critique would be that in places, particularly in his treatment of the noun system, Mounce's glosses for the various cases are sometimes too simplistic, and set the student up to have to re-learn/greatly adjust th
Nathan Parker
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This introductory Greek Grammar is more "encouraging" in one's study of Greek verses David Black's "Learn to Read New Testament Greek". The exegetical insights at the beginning of each chapter help students learning Greek to know exactly why they are enduring the task at learning Greek by giving them some solid practical applications. The memorization in this grammar is also more minimal versus other grammars. I would recommend it as a primary Greek Grammar textbook, or if one wishes to use a mo ...more
Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: language
An excellent NT Greek primer, very basic with 'Additional Information' on everything. Well organised Appendices gather together diagrams and tables for quick reference. I recommend this to all students of NT Greek, if not as a first text, as a reference book. It seems far less cluttered than most other books.

The method of study claims to be more intuitive than the traditional method of memorising tables upon tables upon tables of verb types. It has been a good experience to do this, but I wonde
Albert E Russell
Great book!

Mounce repeats things...often! This is good for the learner because learning a different language is a huge undertaking! I love the little asides to teach slang and common stuff like how to sing happy birthday in Greek. The chapters are short, well organized and filled with useful information. I also love the chapter opening exegetical insights. Great book for the novice Greek student.
Matt Mancini
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding text. I believe wholeheartedly that one could learn the material covered by this text quite well without even necessitating attendance in a formal classroom setting, assuming the discipline was present to do so. Glad to be done with it and moving on to the next thing, but won't be throwing this one out. It will become a part of my reference library and will undoubtedly be referred to frequently.
Karla Goforth Abreu
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Greek is very difficult to study in the grammar department. Having used two other grammars, and still struggling immensely, I have found this one to to be the best of all. It is thorough, and not nearly as intimidating as some of the others. Extras are added, even conversational helps, although no one speaks conversational biblical Greek. It is a wonderful aid to anyone desiring to enrich their understanding of biblical Greek and study.
Lee Markum
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had already been through one Greek Grammar in college that had me memorize many, many paradigms of all the changes that occur in Greek nouns and verbs. This book takes a different approach. Memorize the greek article and a few rules about how and why the stems of words change and that's all there is to nouns. Memorize a connecting vowel and a few sets of endings and the changes in verbs makes sense.
Dcn. Jedidiah Tritle
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Top notch language-learning textbook. Mounce avoids tedious memorization as much as possible, favoring a very common-sense approach to introducing κοινή Greek. However, he also includes more in-depth studies of grammar--especially rules for contractions of vowels--that, while unnecessary for students skilled at rote memorization of forms, are very interesting for folks like myself who need to see the "patterns" of a language in order to fully grasp the concepts.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I purchased this grammar and workbook because I wanted to refresh and improve upon the biblical Greek I studied years ago. Recently I quite unexpectedly found myself going back to the grammar I studied in seminary because it is more simple and direct than Mounce. Mounce's book would be much better if he didn't attempt to be so cute and verbose. There's much to be said for brevity and directness. Having said that, the book is still good.
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William D. Mounce (PhD, Aberdeen University) lives as a writer in Camas, Washington. He is the Vice President of Educational Development at and the president of Biblical Training, a nonprofit organization offering the finest in evangelical teaching to the world. See for more information. Formerly he was the preaching pastor at a church in Spokane, a professor of New ...more