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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar

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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 has made adjustments to his material. For example, a chapter on clauses has been added at the end of the book. The CD-ROM is now easier to use and has even more information on it than the earlier edition. The workbook has been significantly rewritten. Nearly 50 percent of the verses are new. They are shorter and more focused on the grammar of the chapter. Features include: - Best-selling Greek language textbook - Changes from the first edition made in response to ten years of use - Grammar's CD-ROM is easier to navigate and now includes short audio summary lectures (7-9 minutes) - An appendix in the Grammar allows professors to introduce verbs earlier in the course - Two tracks in the workbook: track one allows you to go through the book in the normal order. Track two has totally different exercises that allow you to teach verbs earlier. - Workbook has 3-hole, perforated pages

448 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1993

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William D. Mounce

38 books46 followers
William D. Mounce (PhD, Aberdeen University) lives as a writer in Camas, Washington. He is the Vice President of Educational Development at BibleGateway.com and the president of Biblical Training, a nonprofit organization offering the finest in evangelical teaching to the world. See BillMounce.com for more information. Formerly he was the preaching pastor at a church in Spokane, a professor of New Testament and director of the Greek program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a professor of New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of the bestselling New Testament Greek resources, Basics of Biblical Greek, and served as the New Testament chair of the English Standard Version translation of the Bible.

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Profile Image for Brent McCulley.
554 reviews39 followers
March 13, 2015
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 grateful.

*EDIT* I have just finished going through this text a second time, and have not only brushed up on things I missed the first time around, but have absorbed a lot of the advanced information either footnooted or elsewhere which has added immensely to my understanding of Koine Greek grammar. My wife and I have been doing our devotionals nightly by me reading, parsing, translating, then exegeting it from my Greek New Testament. We are going through 1 John. I plan on making it a habit to do my devotionals in Greek the rest of my life. I am also planning on going through Wallace's more advanced Grammar book later this year. 3/13/15
Profile Image for Corey Decker.
3 reviews16 followers
January 14, 2010
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 proposed for each chapter.

The accompanying workbook is a must if you are doing this on your own rather than with a class. The great thing about this book is that it affords the Greek neophyte to study on his own without the need for a formal course. (However, if you are serious about pursuing New Testament Greek, I would highly recommend going through a reputable college or University. The correction and insight gleaned from a knowledgeable professor is priceless.)

One of my only gripes is that Mounce does not make good use of the on-going developments in linguistics and verbal aspect theory. Granted, the issue is still being worked through, but many things, such as the nature of aspect in contrast with tense and tense-form and the difference between semantic encoding and pragmatic effect, would greatly help the new student. Without taking advantage of these modern insights, Mounce puts the reader at a disadvantage and into the dangerous place of oversimplifying matters.

However, having said this, it is still the best Greek Grammar available today. Buy it and learn Greek!
Profile Image for Christian Barrett.
420 reviews33 followers
November 17, 2020
This has been one of the most helpful aids in my study of Greek. I am thankful for this book, the accompanying workbook, the lectures, the flash cards, and the audio files for the vocabulary. I must recommend this resource over all others for those seeking to learn Greek. While I was in a course during the reading of this book, I was not for the first few weeks of it and was able to grasp some key things while just reading this book.
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11 reviews1 follower
March 15, 2021
Great introduction to NT Greek. I wish I wouldn’t have had to read it at such an accelerated pace, but even so it was great in giving enough syntax, vocabulary, and translation skills to be able to adequately interact with biblical Greek. It would definitely be a tougher read without any background in basic English grammar. Looking forward to keeping it part of the library to use in future papers, sermons, writing, etc. 4 stars because, let’s be honest, no language book is going to ever be rated above 4.
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Author 1 book1 follower
February 8, 2015
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 technique is that he doesn't recommend learning the verb forms by memorizing paradigms, but by memorizing tables and Master Verb Charts. I'm sure that this is a better method for some people, but I did not find it very useful. I originally learned Greek the old-fashioned way from New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen. In this method you simply memorize the paradigm for each tense using the word luw (loose). It's a lot of work, but once you get the rhythm of the paradigm it sticks with you. I still forget Mounce's tables and return to the paradigm whenever I get stuck. This is not a criticism of the book, but something that you might consider if you can't learn it his way.
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58 reviews5 followers
February 17, 2020
This is a really stellar introduction to koine Greek. I like the way Mounce breaks down the rules to how words conjugate, so you can figure things out instead of memorizing a million forms. I didn't find out until Greek 3 that there's an answer key online! That's helpful. I got to the point where I didn't exactly agree with all his translations, but I would never have gotten to that stage if it weren't for the building blocks in this textbook. It's so approachable too; unlike textbooks which also require a teacher to decode things for you, Mounce writes out explanations in such a way that I think a really motivated reader could go through and learn Greek without enrolling in a class. Don't even worry about the fog- all will come to light eventually.
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314 reviews6 followers
August 7, 2021
We have Mounce to thank for the current wealth of accessible resources on the biblical languages. This textbook is clearly laid out, easy to follow, and full of helpful tips. There is something here for students of any learning style -- for me, the most helpful thing is that there's plenty of morphological footnotes explaining why the weirder forms are the way they are. The book is designed to be flexible to the needs of teachers and students, and very effectively so. Mounce finds every way he can to cut back on rote memorization, making it easier to read NT Greek intuitively (a method arguably perfected in Miles' Basics of Biblical Hebrew). The accompanying workbook and vocabulary cards are excellent as well.
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163 reviews5 followers
April 26, 2015
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 also some resources on the authors website in the form of recorded lectures, answer keys, summary sheets, etc. that will be very helpful if you are trying to do this on your own.
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July 30, 2011
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.
Profile Image for Jonathan Ammon.
Author 8 books9 followers
July 1, 2022
I am not a fan of the grammar-translation pedagogy—even for dead languages—and there are better textbooks that use that pedagogy than this one. That said, this Greek grammar is by far the most popular, and as a result there are an enormous wealth of resources keyed to and for it. There are free audio lectures and classes, free worksheets and flash cards, free parsing exercises and quizzes, and much much more. There are so many free resources attached to Mounce’s text that you don’t even need the text itself. I would recommend this grammar for this reason alone. I am still working through flash cards, exercises, and paradigm memorisation in conjunction with pursuing other language learning methodologies, but am finished with this text even if I will continue to use the resources attached to it.
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37 reviews
June 20, 2022
Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar was a passion project for me! During the beginning of the Covid pandemic, I decided to invest in learning Biblical Greek. It is a decision that I have not been disappointed with! I did not begin with this book, but with Biblical Greek Book 1 and 2 of James and Lisa Cummings series (they have since in 2022 produced book 3). After book 2, having learnt nouns and the beginnings of verb forms, I felt confident to turn my attention to Mounce.

This book was a great, detailed teaching guide on getting me from my basic knowledge of vocabulary, verbs and nouns to being able to read whole verses of Greek independently. However, I do believe it can be overcomplicated for the reader at times. The book features lots of additional rules, or advanced concepts, or exegetical examples of Greek skills, but these things can be daunting when you are as the book suggests, simply trying to get your head around the basics. I found myself more often than not, skipping over these sections and just focusing on the basics, which I would recommend you do also on your first run through. The book does have a series of workbook questions to accompany each section, with answers that can be found freely online, thus providing plenty of practice with the original texts. Each section also has a list of vocabulary to learn, and by the end of the book, if I remember correctly, the learner had accomplished a 50x frequency of NT Greek (which is about 312 words).

Ultimately, it is a great book. I would not recommend jumping straight into it if you are unfamiliar with grammatical concepts or foreign languages. Instead, I'd recommend using this book to take you from a place of familiarity to a more competent understanding.
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151 reviews2 followers
June 15, 2022
It has taken just about one year, but I am finally finished with beginner Greek. I had the luxury of being mentored by two brothers (an Anglican and Episcopalian) along the way. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have been able to do it.

If you are interested in learning Biblical Greek, this book is terrific. Mounce lays everything out in a digestible manner and walks you through the material in a way that helps you actually stick with it. If you are going to embark on this, I'd encourage you not do it alone. I greatly benefited from having a Greek community that I could fall back on, ask questions to, and be encouraged and exhorted by. And I'm sure this goes without saying, but the workbook companion is a must. Don't try to do this without it.

Learning a new language is not easy, but if it will get you closer to the original meaning of the text, bring out rich truths, and cause you to see Scripture in ways you haven't before, I'd say the work and time spent is worth the reward.


Profile Image for Mark Popovitch.
46 reviews1 follower
July 3, 2021
I’ll give this textbook 5 stars if for no other reason than I have nothing by which to compare it (it’s the only Greek textbook I’ve used, and it is similar in style to the Hebrew textbook I used which I also liked). I’m not very good at learning languages, so the subject matter itself was overwhelming for me at times, but visually the plethora of section breaks made learning feel more doable in smaller bite sizes. I found the explanations to be thorough even when I felt like I was drowning (a concern the book often took into account itself). I really liked the exegetical insights to start each chapter; they helped with perspective and purpose. One bit I didn’t care for was the cartoon “professor” in the margins that had tidbits of tangental information that I found distracting, but that’s just me. I used this book as part of a kit that came with vocabulary flash cards (very helpful), DVDs (eh, not much added from just reading the book; the sections were long but maybe for some hearing another voice might help), vocabulary audio CD (nice for the car), workbook (good practice—A LOT of practice), and a laminated quick reference guide (also very helpful). I recommend getting the kit if this is the way someone plans to start in on learning Biblical Greek.
64 reviews1 follower
December 29, 2019
This book has made self-teaching Greek a joy and a pleasure. It was recommended by a friend who is a seminary professor, and it really has seemed to live up to the promise that it will teach you Greek. Now, this being my first and only exposure to Koine Greek, I cannot vouch for how thorough the content is, but I can say that it gave me enough to be able to approach a Greek New Testament with confidence. I would highly recommend (insist) that one use the companion workbook as I would not have near the understanding without it.
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Author 8 books1 follower
September 19, 2019
I love this book. William D. Mounce makes learning Greek easier than any other text I tried. Granted, learning Greek is changing. But Mounce brings a fresh approach to the study method. I believe that anyone willing to take the process given in this text seriously can learn to translate the Biblical Greek with clarity.
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77 reviews1 follower
February 20, 2020
This book is for one wanting to master the basics of biblical Greek. The mastering is done best with accountability and a mentor.

Greek 1 and Greek 2 at Reformed Baptist Seminary use this as their textbook and rightly so. I will continue to refer back to this as a resource and quick guide to Biblical Greek.
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148 reviews1 follower
May 19, 2020
This was a clearly written grammar which has been refined over multiple editions. I enjoyed the exegetical insights and the examples were straightforward. Mounce's heart for writing it is clear—helping us to learn so that we can exegete well and feast on the treasures of the Greek New Testament. So glad I went through this in face-to-face instruction.
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Author 2 books10 followers
November 26, 2020
Finally decided to finish what I started toward the end of 2013 and have put out for so long and it was very satisfying to finish it so that I can move to other grammars and more advanced stuff. Dr. Mounce is an excellent teacher and knows how to bring difficult concepts by explaining them in English and also in Greek. This is probably the best beginning Greek grammar.
6 reviews15 followers
December 25, 2017
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!
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121 reviews7 followers
May 17, 2018
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.
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6 reviews
June 16, 2018
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.

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179 reviews23 followers
July 30, 2020
Well updated and while not my favorite introductory text to the Koine Greek language, it is still well worth owning and Zondervan has done a terrific job pairing it with the workbook and video summaries.
August 19, 2021
Lots of great material, but moves fast when splitting to verbs in track two. Very well written and explained with excellent biblical examples of each chapter’s concept to help the reader remember why they’re learning the Greek language!
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107 reviews4 followers
August 20, 2021
Really good. One of the best introductory resources for Biblical Greek. Once this book is completed, I commend combining it with seminars from Logos Bible Software. Also, Mounce provides a separate box with the vocabulary words, this was very helpful.
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