Tool for Studying Greek

The Pocket Dictionary series published by InterVarsity Press (henceforth, IVP) provides “small” (literally in size) but helpful tools to differing studies in academics: Theological Terms, Church History, New Testament Greek (this review), among others.

Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek from Matthew DeMoss is a bit misleading at face value. The remaining portion on the front cover reads, “Defines over 1,700 Terms of Grammar, Word Study, Textual Criticism, Exegetical Method, and New Testament Criticism.” For the student hoping for a “pocket dictionary” for Greek vocabulary (e.g., a pocket lexicon [dictionary]), this is not the book for you. However, that does not mean you cannot use this book and gain knowledge from this book.

Learning New Testament Greek for the first time is more than daunting. A new language other than English is intimidating. Thankfully, professors teaching in universities, divinity schools, and seminaries know this and are committed to teaching students the intricacies of Koine Greek. Unfortunately, when one is working on Greek homework at night, the professor is out of the office, and you stumble across a word you do not know,

Unfortunately, there might come a time when one is working on Greek homework at night, the professor is out of the office, and you stumble across a word you do not know, and Google does not help. What are you, the student, to do? When words like ablaut, cognate, or genitive absolute appear, and google does not necessarily suffice in its definition, this book, this “Pocket Dictionary,” is what you need. This “Pocket Dictionary” provides simple, concise definitions to complicated words that come with studying a new language.

Maybe you are a graduate student in a Master’s level Greek class, or a Ph.D. applicant/student preparing for entrance exams or comprehensives before your dissertation, and you need a primer or quick review of terms (notice I did not say concepts or rules, there is a difference of which is not discussed here), this book is for you. It is easy to tote around in a backpack, light with regard to weight, and a key resource for learning the lingo of New Testament Greek.


Disclaimer: I received this book from InterVarsity Press (IVPress, IVP) in exchange for an honest review.

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