I discovered Gerald L. Stevens’ New Testament Greek grammar in the mid-nineties before I had heard of Accordance Bible Software. I found Stevens’ Greek grammar to be a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the more intimidating grammars that were written by earlier generations. Those earlier grammars tended to be mostly text. They gave you the rules, inflection paradigms and vocabulary—all of which were to be memorized.
The personal computer changed education across every discipline, including biblical studies. Stevens’ grammar, much like the popular grammar by Bill Mounce that was first published roughly around the same time, was much more friendly than previous grammars. It included graphics, better tables, and frequency and statistical information derived from a computer program called Accordance.
By the late nineties, I was using Accordance myself, and I eventually added the second edition of Stevens’ grammar to my personal Accordance Library. The last time I taught New Testament Greek, I found the graphical richness of Stevens’ grammar, along with the convenience of having it in Accordance, indispensable for examples that I could easily incorporate into classroom materials.
This week, we’re pleased to announce the release of Stevens Greek Workbook: A Companion to the Accordance Module. This title was released in print by Wipf & Stock earlier this year. As described by the publisher,
Stevens Greek Workbook complements the “Stevens Greek” module in the widely-acclaimed Accordance software program as a workbook of exercises keyed to this text. Features include illustrative charts and diagrams, English derivatives for assigned vocabulary aiding memory, a remedial English grammar review, an answer key, and eighteen beautiful images distributed throughout the workbook offering historical vignettes to illustrate the New Testament world and its language. Teaching New Testament Greek for almost thirty years, Stevens has traveled widely overseas to bring a rich knowledge of Greek, the New Testament world, and practical classroom pedagogy to the table to make this workbook an eminently useful tool for acquiring a working knowledge of New Testament Greek in its first-century context.
Accordance users have had access to Gerald Stevens’ New Testament Greek grammar for many years. It has been available separately as well as part of many of our language-centric Collections for quite a while. With the release of this additional volume, the grammar and workbook complement each other quite well, regardless of whether these texts will be used in the classroom, for personal study, or even as a means to review and brush up on one’s New Testament Greek. With both titles, user notes can be employed to write down answers to the exercises in the books. Students can even print or export these answers to turn in if the texts are being used in the classroom.
As I was looking over the new workbook, I felt that it was immediately familiar. It has the same inviting and friendly approach to New Testament Greek that Stevens’ grammar has always conveyed. Chapter numbers and titles in both volumes correspond to each other. If you have the grammar in your personal Accordance Library, you will definitely want to add the workbook as well.
Stevens Greek Workbook
Stevens New Testament Greek Grammar