14 kregel.com/academic BIBLICAL LANGUAGES THE HANDY GUIDE TO DIFFICULT AND IRREGULAR GREEK VERBS Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament The Handy Guide Series JON C. LAANSMA AND RANDALL X. GAUTHIER 978-0-8254-4479-1 • $13.99 Paperback • 5.125 x 7.5 • 80 pages Biblical Reference / Language Study Kregel Academic Rights: World September 26, 2017 For students transitioning out of beginning Greek classes, the best way to improve their language skills is to read the Greek New Testament. But in doing so, they quickly encounter verb forms that are unfamiliar, especially irregular and other dif- ficult forms. This slows progress and impedes comprehension. To solve this problem, Laansma and Gauthier have compiled a list of all irregular and difficult verbs in the New Testament, arranged by frequency of occurrence—something no other vocabulary aid offers. By consulting this guide, students of Greek can easily assess which forms are frequent enough to commit to memory, and which can be left to look up as needed. In addition, they can find both simple and compound forms of verbs. By becoming familiar with the most frequently occur- ring Greek verbs, students will improve their ability to read and comprehend the Greek New Testament. Whether you are memorizing verbal forms or trying to learn the rules that control their formation, there are quite a few that will give you trouble. Lots of trou- ble. I am so glad to see this listing of those trouble- some forms, and the book should become part of your Greek arsenal. —Bill Mounce, BiblicalTraining.org Laansma and Gauthier have developed a new approach to an old problem—how to parse difficult verb forms. A helpful feature of this book is their treating all compounded forms of a verb in the same list. This will no doubt be a welcome aid to students of New Testament Greek as they learn to identify these forms for themselves. —Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College Many students of New Testament Greek need help in the leap from basic introductory courses to effi- cient and enjoyable reading of the text. One part of that hurdle is the mastery of irregular verbs. Here is a set of fine tools to help you overcome the challenge. The key part of this volume is a listing of all irregu- lar verbs, in both their simplex and their compound forms, by decreasing frequency of usage. That means the student can set realistic goals in the pursuit of the mastery of forms, gradually tackling the rarer forms. And if that student is really wise, he or she will use this tool in conjunction with regular reading of the Greek New Testament. —D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Jon C. Laansma (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is associate professor of ancient languages and New Testament at Wheaton College. His other publications include The Letter to the Hebrews: A Commentary for Preaching, Teaching, and Bible Study. Randall X. Gauthier (PhD, University of Stellenbosch) is a research fellow with the Department of Hebrew, University of the Free State. His other publications include Psalms 38 and 145 of the Old Greek Version. CONTENTS Part I: Frequency List of Difficult and Irregular Principal Parts Part II: Alphabetical List of Verbs with Their Compounds Appendix I: The Conjugations of εἰμί, εἶμι, and ἵημι Appendix II: The Perfect and Pluperfect Indicative and the Optative Mood Toward Reading: A Select Bibliography