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Basics of Greek Accents

Eight Lessons with Exercises
John A. L. Lee
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A compact, student-friendly, and practical guide to Greek accents.

In Basics of Greek Accents, John A. L. Lee provides eight simple lessons to teach students the basics of ancient Greek accentuation, covering basic rules, verbs, nouns, adjectives, important vocabulary, contractions, and enclitics.

This handy resource avoids theory and concentrates on taking the learner through the essentials in a natural sequence and reinforces learning by means of simple exercises and homework (with answers).

Ideal for:

  • Classroom or independent learning
  • Beginners who are just learning the language
  • Intermediate students who have learned some Greek but are unsure of accents
  • Students of classical or biblical Greek

No one can master Greek accents in eight lessons, but reasonable competence and confidence can be quickly acquired by working your way through Basics of Greek Accents.

About the Author

John A. L. Lee (PhD, Cambridge University) is a Senior Research Fellow (honorary) attached to the Ancient History Department at Macquarie University. He has been cochair of the Biblical Lexicography Section, Society of Biblical Literature (2003-05), and is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (elected 2005).


There is simply no better place to start learning Greek accentuation than right here with this book. -- Constantine R. Campbell, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Greek accents are a seemingly impenetrable haze to most students of the New Testament. John Lee's Basics of Greek Accents cuts through the fog in a pedagogically humane way. Well laid out and easy to digest, this book offers a straightforward, step-by-step approach to the acquisition of Greek accentuation for any who want to master this language. I recommend it even for the beginner because knowledge of the accents is essential for learning the language properly from the get-go. It is much easier to have good habits of pronunciation from the start than to unlearn bad habits later on. -- Daniel B. Wallace, senior research professor, New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

In G. K. Chesterton's autobiography, he writes, 'As for Greek accents, I triumphantly succeeded, through a long series of school-terms, in avoiding learning them at all.' If many a Greek teacher is honest, his or her knowledge of Greek accents may not be too far behind Chesterton's. Thankfully, in this compact and well-written new book, John Lee guides both professors and students to a competency in Greek accents. Thanks are due to Dr. Lee for producing a resource that has been needed for generations. -- Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

From the author of the magisterial History of New Testament Lexicography, here comes an eminently useful and practical tool on Greek accents -- for students, teachers, and editors alike. Highly recommended! -- Andreas J. Köstenberger, senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Sem

  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 112
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310555643
  • Release: April 24, 2018
Categories Biblical Studies Greek