Gospel Guidebook: Getting and Keeping It Right  


I started studying Koine Greek independently in 2013. My views on the Greek language are conservative. Everything I believe about the Greek language can be found in standard beginner and intermediate Greek textbooks, such as those I recommend below.

About 50 years ago, Frank Stagg wrote an influential paper called The Abused Aorist. This paper has helped many people avoid common mistakes with the aorist, such as viewing every instance of the aorist as conveying "once-and-for-all" action.

In the spirit of Frank Stagg's work, I have written a few articles that expose what I believe is an abuse of the Greek present tense. In particular, I am quite critical of an increasing number of interpreters who incorporate their theological bias into the present tense. It is a serious abuse of the Greek language that I think it is just as significant as the abuse of the aorist.

Koine Greek

Misunderstandings about the Greek Present Tense by Robert P. Terry

Greek Verb Tense: Time, Kind of Action, and Bad Scholarship by Robert P. Terry

Independent Adjectival Participles (Substantives) and Verbal Aspect by Robert P. Terry

The Significance of John 3:18 as Proof of the Free Grace Position by Robert P. Terry

Belief or Trust? by Robert P. Terry

John 20:31 Purpose Statement and Aorist Subjunctive by Robert P. Terry

Which Textus Receptus? by Robert P. Terry

Translation of the Greek Present Indicative in 1 Corinthians 15:2 by Robert P. Terry

Greek Textbooks and Grammars

Essentials of New Testament Greek by Ray Summers

Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Alan Black

A Greek Grammar For Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth

The Basics of New Testament Greek Syntax by Daniel Wallace

The Greek Testament Commentary by Henry Alford

Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson