Book Review: “A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament” by Charles Lee Irons


Earlier this year, in the summer, Kregel published a new book by Charles Lee Irons, “A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament.” It may seem like a daunting task to come up with a syntax guide for literally every book of the New Testament, moving in canonical order, verse-by-verse, but that is what Irons has attempted. Some may question whether or not such a resource would even be valuable, considering the amount of editing one would have to do in order to complete this project in about 600 pages. However, I do believe that this book can be quite beneficial for students of the Greek New Testament.

While exegetical commentaries would likely cover much of the available information on syntax, not everyone is interested (or able) in buying expensive works for meticulous New Testament research. Others, perhaps a majority of Greek New Testament readers, are reading it for preaching and teaching. I see Irons’s book as a useful tool for such readers, who would like a handy guide for reading not the vocabulary, or data on parsing, but syntactical information. Yes, it is pretty advanced material, but it’s certainly comprehensible for students that have studied Greek for a couple of semesters (and have retained their Greek). Overall, in my time reading through “A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament,” I have found some very helpful syntactical insights that I would likely have missed simply using Greek tools found in traditional Bible software and textbooks.

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions were my own.***


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