analogmusicman wrote:so now I'm finished with the basics (all of Mounce's material) and I've started going through John's gospel using my UBS rev 4 Greek NT and an "interlinear" to check my translation. (this particular interlinear has the NIV on one side of the page and the NASB on the other,real helpful,the NASB translation is more useful since it 's more "word-for-word" whereas the NIV is more "thought-for-thought" or so it seems)
whenever I finish the NT I'll probably go for 2nd year Greek. any suggestions for a good text? Wallace?
Wallace is a good text but it is not a text to work through like Mounce. I think it is meant for reference. There are a multitude of first year texts or primers but not very many for further study. If you want to stay with Koine, there are some readers with notes (I gather you have finished Mounce's reader).
-A Beginner's Reader/Grammar for New Testament Greek by Ernest Cadman Colwell and Ernest W. Tune. ISBN 1-56563-599-x (Inexpensive but good.)
-Koine Greek Reader by Rodney J. Decker. ISBN 978-0-8254-2442-7
-A patristic Greek Reader by Rodney A. Whitacre. ISBN 978-1-59856-043-5
I have another good suggestion but this doesn't concern the text but your method. Do away with the intralinear to help you. I tried it but it didn't work for me. The "crutch" is way to close to the text. I found it much more effective to use the Greek text and if you get stuck, use the English Bible to help you out.
All the best.