As a student of Biblical Greek, of which this mastery did not come easy, I am always on the lookout for new aids in the study of biblical original languages. Most of these works are in the form of reference materials, such as grammar books. The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series is a lexical aid and exegetical Biblical Greek commentary. One of the more phenomenal works in this fantastic series is Philippians by Joseph H. Hellerman, and edited by series editor Andres J. Köstenberger and Robert W. Yarborough and exceeds all of my preconceptions.
Needless to say , one must have a through knowledge of Biblical Greek to use this work. Yet if you do have a thorough knowledge of Biblical Greek then this exegetical guide is an invaluable resource for those who want to dig deeper into the text and shine light into difficult to translate passages. Digging into the work itself, it begins with the traditional introductory matters. This might be the only weakness of this aid, and the reason is that it is only two pages long, which could be expanded upon. Yet with these matters not being of primary importance in a lexical aid with some added commentary, two pages is all that is needed.
One of the greatest strengths is also found in the introduction section. Hellerman has a small section that details what he perceives are the greatest and most helpful commentaries on the gospel of Philippians. After seeing the scholarly work which Hellerman put into this exegetical guide these recommendations are worth the cost of the guide itself.
This aid to Philippians is truly unique in its approach; each verse is broken down with each Greek word being expertly dissected with a small argument about syntax and commentary. I look forward to the new installments in this recently begun series. In the end I fully recommend this work to any pastors who know their Biblical Greek and want to use it in their sermons.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B & H Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians
© 2015 by Joseph H. Hellerman
Publisher: B & H Academic Publishing
Page Count: 368 Pages
Publishers Website: http://bhacademic.com