Diligent study of God’s Word involves engaging with it in the language it was written.
Learning Greek can be a challenging experience for seminary students but it is a critical piece of their education. Engaging with the Bible in its original language will lead to deeper understanding, new insights, and provide tools to enter into the conversation surrounding God’s Word.
Biblical Greek Made Simple is a one-semester textbook that teaches the basics of biblical Greek. Designed with the modern student and curriculum in mind, this grammar introduces all the essential elements of biblical Greek while also utilizing the tools and features of Logos Bible Software to help retain and enhance knowledge of Greek. Each chapter includes exercises tailored to its contents as well as additional teaching material for further advancement. Daniel Zacharias provides a solid overview of the entire biblical Greek system, while challenging students to understand how this ancient language is relevant to meaning and translation.
Danny Zacharias is a master teacher of elementary Greek. I'm delighted to see in this new book, Biblical Greek Made Simple, a coalescence of Dr. Zacharias's scholarly knowledge, pedagogical skill, and technological competence. As many colleges and seminaries already employ Logos Bible Software in the teaching of Greek, this textbook, which integrates learning to use the Logos software alongside a more traditional teaching approach, will prove invaluable.
—Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Why not try teaching or learning Greek as though Bible software was our friend? This is exactly what Danny Zacharias does in this highly innovative approach to acquiring competency in the language of the New Testament and Septuagint. His visual approach to the formation of Greek words is splendid and discussions of grammar and syntax focus well on those facets that are most important for interpretation. I am deeply impressed both by the detailed lesson plans in every chapter that allow for closely guided self-study and the links to professional-quality instructional videos on every aspect of Greek and the use of Logos that make of this book a virtual course in the language in and of itself. Seminary professors and motivated individual learners alike will want to give this a close look.
—David A. deSilva, Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary
This is a well-organized, thoughtful, and up-to-date approach to learning foundational elements of New Testament Greek. It is an interactive guide, not a dull-and-distant textbook. It makes strategic use of Logos Bible Software to enhance the learning process. I welcome its addition to the very short list of good first-semester guides to beginning the life-long process of learning to read the New Testament in its original language.
—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
“Greek nouns are categorized into three big groups. What determines which category a word goes into is the last letter on the word’s stem. If the noun stem ends in alpha (α) or eta (η), it is placed in a category called ‘first declension.’ If the noun stem ends in omicron (ο), it is placed in a category called ‘second declension.’ If the noun stem ends in anything else (usually consonants), it is placed in a category called ‘third declension.’ Why does this matter? Because each declension has its own set of inflection tags to add to the end of the Greek nouns that are in its category.” (Page 21)
“ACCUSATIVE:1 A noun is inflected as an accusative to indicate the direct object2 in the sentence.” (Page 20)
“A noun in apposition is a noun in parallel with another noun, giving you more information about the noun in parallel.” (Page 40)
“The indicative mood is the presentation of certainty. Verbs in the indicative mood are being asserted as having happened, in the process of happening, or will happen.” (Page 70)
“The mood of a verb describes the action’s relation to reality, or presentation of certainty” (Page 70)
H. Daniel Zacharias (PhD, University of Aberdeen / Highland Theological College) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College. He resides in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with his wife Maria and their four children.
Yazdegard Bellihomji (Yaz)