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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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 21st 2003 by Zondervan (first published 1993)
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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
Christian Barrett
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.
Corey Decker
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greek-grammar
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
Rick Davis
I feel like I deserve a medal for finishing Mounce, but I think that will have to wait to see if I pass the final exam in a couple of weeks.
Gavin Huse
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 ...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
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. ...more
Travis Johnston
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hopefully, the fourth time through is the charm!
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made it, and now I'm through the basics I want MORE!

I can't compare this to other grammars, so based purely on my experience of this one, I give it 4/5. It loses points because:

1. Even in its 4th edition, it has typos. And not just in the English - in the Greek. Which is pretty awful. But it at least makes me feel pleased that I'd learned enough to see where the Greek itself was wrong! (it's just a couple of places in a list or two).

2. Some of the terminology gets very mixed up. I think Mounce
Félise Esposito
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 als ...more
Matt Pelto
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 ne ...more
Timothy Carter
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Cliff Dailey
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Simon Wartanian
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
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.

Pastor Matt
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well explained with additional insights into Greek language, and even included common phrases for 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.
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.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent first year Koine text.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much in one semester. Excellent teaching manuscript.

Made it through chapter 19
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bcs-ma
First rate. Several user-friendly updates over the third edition.
Unchong Berkey
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Learning Greek grammar is not for the faint-hearted. Hardest courses. Ever.
Jonathan Ginn
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
A little dated now.
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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

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