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Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts

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Nijay Gupta, Portland Seminary

Jonah Sandford

Pub Date: 2018

ISBN 13: 9780999829233

Publisher: George Fox University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Douglas Low, Professor of New Testament, Oakland City University on 1/18/19

The book suggests that it might work as a graded Greek reader for NT students, using Galatians as the "simpler" text and concluding with short passages of more difficult Greek (LXX, NT Book of James, the writings of Chrysostom, and recorded... read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Lesson One: Galatians 1:1-9
  • Lesson Two: Galatians 1:10-17
  • Lesson Three: Galatians 1:18-24
  • Lesson Four: Galatians 2:1-10
  • Lesson Five: Galatians 2:11-21
  • Lesson Six: Galatians 3:1-9
  • Lesson Seven: Galatians 3:10-18
  • Lesson Eight: Galatians 3:19-29
  • Lesson Nine: Galatians 4:1-11
  • Lesson Ten: Galatians 4:12-20
  • Lesson Eleven: Galatians 4:21-31
  • Lesson Twelve: Galatians 5:1-15
  • Lesson Thirteen: Galatians 5:16-26
  • Lesson Fourteen: Galatians 6:1-10
  • Lesson Fifteen: Galatians 6:11-18
  • Lesson Sixteen: Introduction to Textual Criticism
  • Lesson Seventeen: LXX Genesis 12:1-3/LXX Leviticus 18:1-5
  • Lesson Eighteen: LXX Habakkuk 2:1-5/LXX Psalm 142:1-6
  • Lesson Nineteen: James 2:14-24
  • Lesson Twenty: John Chrysostom on Galatians 6:2
  • Lesson Twenty-One: Marcion's Redaction of Galatians

About the Book

After completing basic biblical Greek, students are often eager to continue to learn and strengthen their skills of translation and interpretation. This intermediate graded reader is designed to meet those needs. The reader is “intermediate” in the sense that it presumes the user will have already learned the basics of Greek grammar and syntax and has memorized Greek vocabulary words that appear frequently in the New Testament. The reader is “graded” in the sense that it moves from simpler translation work (Galatians) towards more advanced readings from the book of James, the Septuagint, and from one of the Church Fathers. In each reading lesson, the Greek text is given, followed by supplemental notes that offer help with vocabulary, challenging word forms, and syntax. Discussion questions are also included to foster group conversation and engagement. There are many good Greek readers in existence, but this reader differs from most others in a few important ways. Most readers offer text selections from different parts of the Bible, but in this reader the user works through one entire book (Galatians). All subsequent lessons, then, build off of this interaction with Galatians through short readings that are in some way related to Galatians. The Septuagint passages in the reader offer some broader context for texts that Paul quotes explicitly from the Septuagint. The Patristic reading from John Chrysystom comes from one of his homilies on Galatians. This approach to a Greek reader allows for both variety and coherence in the learning process.

This reader is a collaborative project that developed out of an advanced Greek course at Portland Seminary (2017-2018). The following students contributed equally to the content of the textbook.

Alexander Finkelson (MATS, Portland Seminary, 2018)

Bryn Pliska Girard (MATS, Portland Seminary, 2018)

Charles E. R. Jesch (MDIV, Portland Seminary, current student)

Paul C. Moldovan (MDIV, Portland Seminary, current student)

Jenny E. Siefken (MATS, Portland Seminary, current student)

Julianna Kaye Smith (MATS, Portland Seminary, 2018)

Jana Whitworth (MDIV, Portland Seminary, current student)

Kyle J. Williams (MATS, Portland Seminary, 2018)

About the Contributors

Editors

Nijay K. Gupta serves as associate professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. He has written several academic books, including three biblical commentaries. In 2018, he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship at George Fox University. He is currently writing the Galatians volume for the Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan).

Jonah M. Sandford graduated from Portland Seminary in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) with a specialization in biblical studies/biblical languages. His primary research interest is New Testament Greek, but he has also worked with biblical Hebrew, German, and Sahidic Coptic.