Score: 9/10

pros: very even pacing; has you reading and understanding Greek very early; intuitive introduction of grammar – it’s only tabular when tables help!; lots of exercises; smart selection of examples; introduces new words and grammar at a good pace, sometimes challenging you with new ones just before they’re explained to see if you can pick up more on your own; fully-contained, so useful for self study along with classroom use

cons: inadequate treatment of the written language (BUT still better than most grammars and textbooks); fails to represent wider koiné Greek (to be fair, this is due to its intended audience) – if you’re averse to reading loads of New Testament passages (and, just at the end, doctrinal assertions about the text), look elsewhere

Beginning autodidacts have a convenient, meaty text at their disposal. Dobson’s New Testament Greek is a fully-featured textbook complete with treatment of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and exercises. Many, many exercises that are paced out so very well. It’s stated to be intended for classroom use – indeed, the author created the book because of a demand for an easy classroom text on the subject.

However, the book stands up to most any beginner’s needs. I picked up this book after a couple years away from Greek. I felt that odd craving that infects classics aficionados when they spend too much time away from dusty texts and tough verb charts, and this quickly filled my craving. It proved too easy for me, but it struck me how useful this text would be for other self-taught learners. I’ve since recommended this book to new learners of Ancient Greek. And now I recommend it to you!