Commendations and Reviews of the Koine Greek Reader

Decker, Rodney J. Koine Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007). ISBN: 0825424429. $25.99.

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Commendations Solicited by the Publisher:

(or me in one case)

Moises Silva (formerly NT, Westminster & Gordon Conwell):

“Intermediate students of NT Greek will be well served by this fine selection of readings from the NT itself as well as from the Septuagint, the Apostolic Fathers, and the early Christian creeds. The accompanying pedagogical aides, such as explanatory notes and vocabulary lists, make the book useful both for self-instruction and for the classroom. Anyone willing to go through this material carefully and in sequence will notice a marked increase in proficiency.”

David Alan Black (NT, SE Baptist Seminary):

“I have waited a long time for Rodney Decker’s Koine Greek Reader. It is exactly what students need after they have covered the basics of Greek grammar. I have been providing these selections on my own for many years. Now they are available in a handy volume, along with copious reader’s notes. Both Dr. Decker and Kregel Publications deserve the heartiest thanks of Greek students and teachers everywhere.”

Prof. Chet Creider (Linguistics/Anthropology, U/Western Ontario)

“The book … is just marvelous. The breadth of coverage is great, and of course the depth of the accompanying notes is a delight. I think that for today’s students, whose lives are so much more fragmented than the lives of students in the time when the Wikgren reader[*] was first published, your approach is exactly what is needed. I think your book fills a real need, particularly for intellectually curious faculty and students” (email).

[*Reference to the “Wikgren reader” is to Hellenistic Greek Texts by Allen Wikgren (with E. Colwell and R. Marcus), Univ. of Chicago, 1947.]

Carl Conrad (Classics, emeritus, Washington Univ.)

“Rodney Decker’s Koine Greek Reader is a godsend to serious students and would-be scholars of New Testament Koine Greek, especially to those of evangelical persuasion, but also to others who earnestly wish to consolidate and deepen their competence in reading early Christian literature with discerning intelligence and precision. Reading selections have been judiciously chosen and sequenced; vocabulary and notes on the readings are not only adequate but designed to promote exploration of the varied resources that are most helpful for resolving problems and exploring implications of the texts presented through a broad range of standard English translations and scholarly resources.”

William Varner (Greek, The Masters College)

“It is hard to find something to criticize in this wonderful resource. The best recommendation that I can give is that I will be adopting it for my classes!”

Buist M. Fanning III (NT, Dallas Theological Seminary)

“Rodney Decker’s Koine Greek Reader is absolutely the best volume of its kind available today. . . . The book has been carefully prepared and organized, tested and refined in the classroom over a number of years, and handsomely produced by the publisher. . . . I recommend it enthusiastically!”

Mark L. Strauss (NT, Bethel Seminary, San Diego)

Rodney Decker’s Koine Greek Reader . . . supplements traditional grammars and provides hands-on exposure to a variety of Koine texts. Particularly helpful are the readings from the Septuagint, the Apostolic Fathers, and the early creeds, which enable the student to translate unfamiliar texts and so gain greater fluency in the language. A wealth of lexical, syntactical, and exegetical notes guide the reader through new vocabulary and difficult idioms. An excellent resource for intermediate and advanced college and seminary students.”

Martin M. Culy (NT & Greek, Briercrest College and Seminary)

“Decker has drawn on his exceptional skills as a Greek scholar and broad experience as a Greek teacher to produce an indispensable resource for helping students move beyond a superficial understanding of the Greek language. His Koine Greek Reader brings texts from a range of genres and levels of difficulty together in a single volume. . . . The Koine Greek Reader, though, is much more than a collection of carefully selected readings. The various features of the Reader have been carefully constructed and combined to maximize learning. Busy teachers of Greek who have long wanted to move toward a more inductive approach to teaching intermediate Greek now have a reliable and user-friendly textbook on which to build their curriculum. The Koine Greek Reader is by far the best resource currently available for learning Koine Greek inductively at the intermediate level. I look forward to using it in my own teaching and expect that it will be used widely both as a classroom text and for independent study for years to come.”

Unsolicited Reviews and/or Blog Comments

the publication of this book is a positive step for New Testament Greek students. … a well-balanced, inclusive approach toward Koine Greek. The second reason why this book should be seen positively is the prominence that Decker gives to reading and explaining the Greek text. He does not believe in short cuts and a superficial understanding of the Greek language.” [Read the rest for yourself!]

  • Review by Mike Aubrey (a graduate student in linguistics),”To put it simply, I love this book.” Read the rest.
  • Here’s an unsolicited review of 6-paragraphs length on Amazon by Anthony J. Smith. I’ve no idea who Mr. Smith is, but he’s used my book enough to form an opinion of it–a good opinion, I might add! 🙂
  • Rick Brannan also has some comments on Ricoblog.
  • Eric Sowell has a multi-part surveyof Greek Readers in general on his Archaic Christianity blog. This includes my Koine Reader with others.

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