Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
MTJ 2:2 (Fall 1991) p. 200
Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary. By Robert E. Van Voorst. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990. 110 pp. Paperback.
Anyone interested in learning Greek vocabulary will welcome this new book. It contains all words occurring five times or more in the New. Testament, 1,630 words excluding proper nouns. It was designed to aid in the memorization of vocabulary for those who desire to read the Greek New Testament without having to look up a large number of words in a lexicon. This is accomplished by covering word fon. nation, listing cognates in a group, and including the English derivatives where helpful.
This book is divided into six parts. The first part is a guide on how to use the book. It explains how the vocabulary lists are set up and suggests how to use them for optimum benefit. It also contains a number of helpful hints to aid in memorization.
The second part covers basic word building. It contains the two most common ways of building words. The first is building derivation, the adding of a suffix, and giving the significance of the suffix. The second is word building by composition or compound words, the adding of a prefix.
The third and fourth parts are the two vocabulary lists. In the first list the words are arranged according to frequency with their cognates so that words in the same fwnily appear together. Thus a word which appears five or more times in the New Testament and has a cognate of greater frequency will appear in the list with that cognate of greater frequency. Many words in both lists have English derivatives and all have the number of times they appear along with their translation. The second vocabulary list, part four, lists the words that do not have any cognates occurring five or more times according to their frequency.
The fifth part of the book consists of a selected verb list with principal parts an basic definitions. The last part of the book is an extended word list. The book concludes with a word index to both vocabulary lists.
MTJ 2:2 (Fall 1991) p. 201
Romans 1–8. By Douglas Moo. The Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary, Kenneth Barker, General Editor. Chicago: Moody Press, 1991. 591 pp.
Do we need another commentary on Romans? Was this project really necessary? The student of the scriptures who is familiar with the recent commentary available in the Word Biblical Commentary Series by Dunn and earlier works by O. Michel (Der Brief an die Romer, 1978), Murray (The Epistle to the Romans, NICNT, 1965) and Kasemann (An Die Romer, 1980) may wonder at the...
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