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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,500 ratings  ·  86 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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James Purchase the workbook and the lectures. If you want to learn Greek it is worth the investment.

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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
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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
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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
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First rate. Several user-friendly updates over the third edition.
Timothy Decker
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not perfect... but it's what I use.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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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