Someone once said, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Bill Mounce might amend that to read, "A little bit of Greek is a dangerous thing." Which is why he is on mission to equip people with a solid, foundational understanding of New Testament Greek and good Bible study tools with his Greek for the Rest of Us, 2nd Edition.
After hearing the frequent response, "I have always wanted to learn Greek," Mounce "came to the conclusion that if people knew a little about Greek and a lot about how to use good bible study tools, they could in fact glean much from the Bible and from other resources that are otherwise beyond their grasp." (viii) The result is a highly accessible, approachable, and usable resource that will help Christians navigate Bible software, different translations, good commentaries, and the meaning of Greek words.
Who Will Benefit?
Before I get into the benefits, who exactly is this resource for? While it's primarily addressed to so-called lay learners who would like to study their Bible better but don't have the time for seminary, I see two other audiences who could benefit from its instruction.
First, I'd recommend this book for all first year Greek students before the first day of class. When I started my M.Div. program our Greek class was over capacity with some forty-plus students. Two weeks later, however, that number dropped below thirty, and then below twenty between Greek I and Greek II.
Only ten of us made it into and through three semesters of NT exegesis. I wonder if those other thirty students had surer footing at the start, would they have made it until the end? Since many M.Div. students enter such programs as a second career without having had basic Bible classes, Greek for the Rest of Us could play a significant role in preparing and retaining first semester Greek students.
A second audience who will benefit from this resource are pastors who'd like a quick refresher to maintain and strengthen their Greek language skills. Four years removed from my Greek classes I can already feel my grip on the language slipping. A majority of the content in this beginners guide will stem that slippage. If you're a pastor in need of a refresher, Greek for the Rest of Us could play a significant role in recapturing and retaining your language skills.