As mentioned earlier in the week, here is the abridged version of my review of Jerry Sumney’s new work on Philippians. The full version of my review can be found here.
Philippians: A Greek Student’s Intermediate Reader, by Jerry L. Sumney. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2007. Pp. xxiv + 161. $14.95.
“Sumney certainly has succeeded in providing a thorough, helpful, and attractive reader for the continuing Greek student.”
“The overall approach of this reader is to provide small chunks of material and provide extensive grammatical information for each chunk.”
“Each Greek passage is then broken into chunks of three to eight words which are thoroughly analyzed. Morphological information is provided for verbs and the various grammatical elements are discussed. In fact, each new grammatical element is highlighted in a text box along the side which contains further information.”
“Each chunk of Greek is accompanied by a brief commentary and each chapter is concluded with a short bibliography for further study.”
“Sumney includes further assistance for the continuing Greek student in the form of two valuable appendices. There is a glossary of grammatical terms and more importantly a second appendix which provides a brief but helpful examination of grammatical points covered in the text.”
“Nearly any course in which intermediate Greek is examined would be enhanced by this text. At such as low price using Philippians for a few weeks alongside other intermediate Greek texts is a viable option.”