Originally published in three parts between 1919 and 1929, Accidence and Word-Formation deals with three essential components of New Testament Greek: sounds and writing, accidence (word inflection, noun declension and verb conjugation), and word formation. Although written for the advanced student, the content never fails to be clear, precise and engaging.
Accidence and Word-Formation also includes a substantial essay on the prevalence of Semitisms in the New Testament. Moulton’s death in 1917 required his pupil W. F. Howard to finish this volume. However, the intent of the original author to emphasize the influence of common vernacular on NT Greek remains. The purpose of this essay is to reconcile this view with scholarship on Semitic idioms in the New Testament appearing since the Prolegomena’s publication.
James Hope Moulton (1863–1917) was born in Richmond, Surrey. A Wesleyan minister, Moulton held various academic appointments. The most important of which was Greenwood professor of Hellenistic Greek and Indo–European philology at the University of Manchester. He was awarded a number of honorary degrees by leading British and German universities, and published many books and papers on Zoroastrianism and the Greek texts that the Bible is derived from. His main writings are An Introduction to the Study of New Testament Greek, The Science of Language and the Study of the New Testament , Grammar of New Testament Greek Vol. 1, Early Religious Poetry of Persia, Early Zoroastrianism, Religions and Religion, From Egyptian Rubbish Heaps, British and German Scholarship, The Treasure of the Magi, A Neglected Sacrament and Other Studies and Addresses, and The Christian Religion in the Study and the Street. He died of exposure after the ship on which he was returning from a tour of India was torpedoed and sunk.
Wilbert Francis Howard (1880-1952) authored Christianity According to St. John, The Romance of New Testament Scholarship, and The Fourth Gospel in Recent Criticism and Interpretation.