Hellenistic and Biblical Greek

Hellenistic and Biblical Greek : A Graduated Reader

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This Hellenistic Greek reader is designed for students who have completed one or more years of Greek and wish to improve their reading ability and gain a better appreciation for the diversity of the language. The seventy passages in this reader reflect different styles, genres, provenances and purposes, and are arranged into eight parts according to their level of difficulty. Grammatical support and vocabulary lists accompany each passage, and a cumulative glossary offers further assistance with translation. Students are led to a deeper understanding of Hellenistic Greek, and a greater facility with the language. * Includes canonical and non-canonical Christian texts, Septuagint (prose and poetry), Jewish Pseudepigrapha, inscriptions, and Jewish and Hellenistic literary Greek * Includes a web component with more than thirty additional readings for classroom and independent use * Passages offer a glimpse into the everyday life of Hellenistic Greeks, with themes such as sexuality, slavery, magic, apocalypticism, and Hellenistic philosophy.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 16 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 113998988X
  • 9781139989886

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Basic level: early Christian texts; 2. Basic level: the isometric translational Greek of the Septuagint (prose and poetry); 3. Intermediate level: Jewish recensional Greek; 4. Intermediate level: Hellenistic Greek; 5. High intermediate level: Hellenistic Greek; 6. Advanced level Hellenistic Greek: Jewish literary Greek; 7. Advanced level: inscriptions; 8. Advanced level Hellenistic Greek: atticizing and literary Greek; 9. Summary of verbal paradigms; Glossary.show more

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'This reader will be extremely useful to students in biblical studies, early Judaism, and early Christianity; it will also be of interest to many students in classical studies with a particular interest in cultural and religious dimensions of the Hellenistic period.' Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, McGill University 'Dr McLean's new reader is fantastic; it fills a huge gap in the support material available for intermediate students of Biblical/Hellenistic Greek who have serious scholarly interests. None of the other available textbooks come close in terms of the choice and range of selections, the level of support to the student, and the high level of scholarship.' Lawrence Myer, independent scholar 'This is a graduated reader (getting progressively more difficult through the ten sections), and that design is pedagogically very attractive. The selections of Greek presented here are first-rate and I would love to use them in the classroom.' Stephen Esposito, Boston University 'As an instrument for reading Greek, the work is very well thought out and executed. Students with various levels of Greek proficiency will appreciate the brief introductions, often including cultural context, the select bibliography, and especially the efficient vocabulary and grammar notes.' Valentina Popescu, University of California, Davis 'This text fills a major gap in the available scholarly literature for the pedagogy of Hellenistic Greek, especially for students of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity. While numerous Greek readers, extracts, selections, chrestomathies, and anthologies have appeared over the past few hundred years, none explores the breadth of Jewish and Christian Hellenistic Greek literature more ably, thoroughly, and expertly than does this one. (Indeed, these supplements are so well-written that this reader could easily double as a sourcebook for the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity!).' Bryn Mawr Classical Reviewshow more

About B. H. McLean

B. H. McLean is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Knox College, University of Toronto. He is the author of Biblical Interpretation and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Cambridge University Press, 2012), New Testament Greek: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2011), An Introduction to the Study of Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine (323 BCE-337 CE) (2002) and Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the Konya Archaeological Museum (2002). He has taught introductory New Testament Greek for more than twenty years in four institutions, using a variety of textbooks, and serves as the Greek examiner for biblical doctoral candidates at the Toronto School of Theology.show more