16.3.11

"Keep Your Greek" By Constantine R. Campbell



Constantine R. Campbell, Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People. Zondervan, 2010, 96 pages. 

Thanks to Koinonia for providing this book on the blog tour.
This handy little volume is a book full of tips on how to keep up your skills in the Greek language after you leave college/seminary for a busy life of (insert any job/life description here). It includes 10 short chapters, 9 of which contain tips (or a set of tips) on how to maintain you abilities in Greek (or any other language that you only care about reading and not speaking). These tips range from the simple ("Read Every Day") to the unique ("Burn your Interlinear") to the interesting ("Use Your Sense"). The motive behind this book is the belief that being able to read and understand the Greek of the New Testament will aid you in understanding, teaching, and preaching it. 

Short book, short review. This was a great little book. Well written, to the point, funny, and practical. Speaking as someone who has been slowly losing his Greek since leaving seminary 2 years ago, I found it both useful and encouraging. I also heartily agree with the premise. 

Conclusion: 4 of 5 stars. Conditionally recommended. Given the subject matter, this book is quite good. Still, this book is obviously not for everyone. It will give you no help at all if you don't know any languages that you need to maintain, for example. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

In your closing sentence,

> It will give you no help at all
> if you do know any languages that
> you need to maintain, for example.

presumably you mean that it won't help if you don't know any languages that you need to maintain? Otherwise I don't understand the comment.

Roger Hui

Andrew said...

Indeed you are correct. Thank you :)

Noted and changed.