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A Greek Reader
Companion to A Primer of Biblical Greek
PAPERBACK; Published: 4/7/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7991-2
Price: $ 19.00
192 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7 x 9.25
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Series: Eerdmans Language Resources

A companion resource for use with N. Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek, featuring dozens of simple, enjoyable narratives to reinforce the content and skills introduced by Croy. 

Too often, Greek readers include difficult primary texts encumbered with glosses, but this reader from Mark Jeong is instead comprised of originally written texts keyed to the vocabulary and grammar taught in Clayton Croy’s Primer of Biblical Greek. Thus fluent, comprehensive reading—rather than painstaking translation—can be the goal. 

In addition to providing useful practice, Jeong’s engaging narratives will help students of Greek grasp the nuances of particularly complicated aspects of Koine—such as the imperfect tense—by allowing them to see the language “in action” in various textual situations. Each narrative also follows a larger story about the adventures of Philemon, Onesimus, and Paul, making for enjoyable reading that better prepares one for the daunting task of eventually reading the Greek New Testament.

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Table of Contents

Lesson 1. ΤΙΣ ΕΙ ΣΥ; (Who Are You?)
Lesson 2. ΛΥΕΙΝ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΝ (Destroying a Book)
Lesson 3. ΩΡΑ ΕΣΤΙΝ ΠΙΣΤΕΥΕΙΝ (It Is Time to Believe)
Lesson 4. ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΑΚΟΥΕΙ ΤΟΥ ΛΟΓΟΥ (Philemon Hears the Word)
Lesson 5. ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΟΥ ΛΑΜΒΑΝΕΙ ΤΟΝ ΛΟΓΟΝ (Philemon Does Not Receive the Message)
Lesson 6. ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΠΙΣΤΕΥΕΙ ΚΑΙ ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΑΚΟΥΕΙ (Philemon Believes and Onesimus Hears)
Lesson 7. ΑΡΤΟΣ ΕΚ ΟΥΡΑΝΟΥ (Bread from Heaven)
Lesson 8. ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΒΑΠΤΙΖΕΙ ΦΙΛΗΜΟΝΑ (Paul Baptizes Philemon)
Lesson 10. ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΕΡΧΕΤΑΙ ΕΙΣ ΑΛΛΗΝ ΓΗΝ (Onesimus Goes to Another Land)
Lesson 11. ΜΕΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΜΩΥΣΕΩΣ ΘΑΝΑΤΟΝ (After the Death of Moses)
Lesson 12. ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΑΚΟΥΕΙ ΠΑΥΛΟΥ ΕΝ ΦΥΛΑΚΗ (Onesimus Hears Paul in Prison)
Lesson 13. Ο ΕΣΧΑΤΟΣ ΠΡΟΦΗΤΗΣ (The Last Prophet)
Lesson 14. ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΘΑΝΑΤΟΥ (Signs of Death)
Lesson 15. ΕΝ ΤΗ ΑΓΟΡΑ (At the Market)
Lesson 16. ΕΣΩΘΗ ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΥΠΟ ΛΥΔΙΑ (Onesimus Was Saved by Lydia)
Lesson 17. ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΕΝ ΤΗ ΣΥΝΑΓΩΓΗ (Paul in the Synagogue)
Lesson 18. ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΑΠΦΙΑ (Philemon and Apphia)
Lesson 19. ΣΥΝΤΥΧΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΟΔΙΑ (Syntyche and Euodia)
Lesson 20. ΤΑ ΤΩ ΟΝΗΣΙΜΩ ΓΕΝΟΜΕΝΑ (The Things That Happened to Onesimus)
Lesson 21. ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΕΙ ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΠΦΙΑΝ (Philemon Encourages Apphia)
Lesson 22. ΑΚΟΥΕΙΝ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ (Listening to Your Father)
Lesson 23. ΥΠΟΣΤΡΕΨΕΙ ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΕΠΙ ΦΙΛΗΜΟΝΑ; (Will Onesimus Return to Philemon?)
Lesson 24. ΤΟ ΠΑΙΔΙΟΝ ΤΟ ΣΟΦΙΑΝ ΕΧΟΝ (The Child Who Had Wisdom)
Lesson 25. ΚΑΤΑΒΑΙΝΕΙΝ ΕΙΣ ΤΗΝ ΘΑΛΑΣΣΑΝ (Going Down into the Sea)
Lesson 26. ΔΩΡΑ ΤΩ ΠΟΣΕΙΔΩΝΙ (Gifts for Poseidon)
Lesson 27. ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ ΛΑΛΕΙ ΤΗ ΘΥΓΑΤΡΙ (Philemon Speaks to His Daughter)
Lesson 28. ΚΑΚΟΝ ΑΝΤΙ ΚΑΚΟΥ (Evil for Evil)
Lesson 29. ΦΕΡΕΣΘΑΙ ΥΠΟ ΤΗΣ ΘΑΛΑΣΣΗΣ (Carried Along by the Sea)
Lesson 30. ΠΑΝΤΑ ΑΠΟΛΛΥΕΙ Ο ΦΙΛΗΜΩΝ (Philemon Loses Everything)
Lesson 31. ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΟΝΗΣΙΜΟΣ ΕΝ ΑΘΗΝΑΙΣ (Paul and Onesimus in Athens)
Lesson 32. ΚΑΙΡΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΥΠΟΣΤΡΕΦΕΙΝ (Time to Return)
English Translations

“Mark Jeong has done yeoman service in composing exercises geared to the lessons in A Primer of Biblical Greek. Teachers and students who want further exercises that target the content of the lessons—especially extensive narrative exercises—will find A Greek Reader to be a helpful resource.”
— N. Clayton Croy
author of A Primer of Biblical Greek
“When I’m teaching New Testament Greek, I am always searching for resources that will invite my students to immerse themselves in the language and not just memorize a pile of vocabulary cards as a weekly obligation. Mark Jeong’s Greek Reader is an ideal companion in the teaching of Greek because it invites students into a world of narrative and delight that just happens to teach grammar and syntax along the way. I will be assigning this book every time I teach Greek from now on.”
— Eric D. Barreto
Princeton Theological Seminary
“What a welcome and necessary addition to the repertoire of tools for Greek teachers! Students often struggle early on to read well because they read in small chunks and from the biblical text they already know. Jeong provides digestible and intriguing conversations and stories that track with students’ deductive learning, and, because the text is fresh, these passages provide a true assessment of the student’s understanding. I look forward to using and recommending this book.”
— Amy Peeler
Wheaton College
“Students who are just beginning Greek would often do well to read bits of narratives to get a sense of how the language works. The problem is that the ancients didn’t write study drills that are accessible to beginning students who have no familiarity with Greek and who therefore require texts that start with the simplest grammar/syntax. Mark Jeong provides such texts. His book fills a gap and should aid any student starting off on the adventure of learning Greek.”
— C. Kavin Rowe
Duke Divinity School
“What a fun way to learn how to read Greek! Beginning students will find themselves enjoying the appropriate challenge of reading stories about Philemon, Onesimus, and Paul. By the end, they’ll find themselves ready to make reading the Koine Greek of the New Testament a lifelong practice.”
— Joshua W. Jipp
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School