Review of Robert Funk’s Greek Grammar on RBL

James W. Voelz has a review of Robert Funk’s Greek Grammar on the Review of Biblical Literature, that’s available here: A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Funk’s grammar, sadly written in the 1970’s went out of print years ago. The people of B-Greek put a significant amount of effort into digitizing it in order to make it available again. It is because of their work that Dr. Funk’s wife and the publisher have been able to make this excellent work available in print once again.

While Robert Funk is probably better known for his translation and revision of Blass-Debrunner’s grammar of the New Testament (Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature), in some sense Funk’s Beginning -Intermediate Grammar is the more important work. Why? Simply because it is a completely fresh work–an unfortunately rare occurrence in the late 20th and early 21st centuries when it comes to reference works for Post-Classical Greek. So when James Voelz writes in his review:

Let me begin by saying that the third edition of Robert W. Funk’s A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greekis a book all that those interested in the Greek language need to be aware of, to be acquainted with, and, probably, to buy. It is,metaphorically, a gold mine of information on postclassical Greek, and it provides a different presentation of familiar material that is very helpful to those who are instructors.
It is a little unfortunate that so much of the RBL review itself spends more time than I would have liked to see discussing 1990’s debates of aspect rather than discussing the actual book at hand (personally, I think most students would be better off if they were simply unaware of that era of language discussion and debate). Still, the quibbles about pedogogical ordering of information are of value. The fact of the matter is that while Funk’s grammar is presented as a textbook, it is, in effect, rather an intermediate reference work.
Anyway: Funk’s grammar is available on Amazon: A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek (Amazon)

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