I’ve previously highlighted two of Con Campbell’s books written primarily for NT scholars:
- Con Campbell’s Book on Verbal Aspect Released in Carson’s SBG Series
- Con Campbell’s Second Book on Verbal Aspect Released in Carson’s SBG Series
After studying verbal aspect theory a bit, I recognized that nearly everything written on the subject was by scholars and for scholars. I attempted to bridge that gap a little with a short journal article: “A Brief Introduction to Verbal Aspect Theory in New Testament Greek” (Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 12 : 17–28). Now Con Campbell has superbly bridged the gap with a short book. I’m grateful that Zondervan is publishing a reasonably priced, reliable, concise primer by Con Campbell for students and pastors as well as scholars:
Constantine R. Campbell. Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008 (coming November 1, 2008). 159 pp.
It is clearly written, addressing the subject in a logical order with helpful subdivisions and diagrams. (See the table of contents followed by a sample chapter.) It also includes exercises with an answer key as well as a short glossary of key terms (which is important to make sense of the lingo for linguistics!) This would make a fine supplementary text for a Greek class on any level.
More product info is available here, including an impressive group of endorsements by the following scholars:
- William D. Mounce
- Steve Walton
- D. A. Carson
- Stanley E. Porter
- Peter T. O’Brien
- Rodney J. Decker