Based on the research for his larger reference work, Grammar of New Testament Greek, Moulton's introductory grammar has been used by thousands of first year students since its publication. Unlike the vast majority of introductory texts available, Moulton's grammar brings a linguist's perspective to the introductory study of Greek. In a number of areas, his discussion is superior to that of modern introductions. For example, Moulton recognizes that the middle voice continues to be a viable grammatical category during the New Testament period and is more caution on the question of deponency than most modern grammars. These features and more make this introductory grammar an important and helpful volume for studying New Testament Greek.
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James Hope Moulton was born in 1863. The son of Dr. William F. Moulton, he followed in his father's footsteps as a scholar of Ancient Greek. Moulton attended King's College at Cambridge before becoming a tutor at the Wesleyan College in Didsbury, Manchester in 1902. As his renown grew as a linguist and scholar, he was appointed as the Greenwood Professor of Hellenistic Greek and Indo-European Philology at Manchester University in 1908. During the academic lull caused by World War I, Moulton traveled to India as a missionary in October, 1915. It was on his return home that the ship they were traveling on was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Gulf of Lion south of France. James Hope Moulton died at sea after three days in a lifeboat on April 9th, 1917. On hearing of the tragedy, Adolf Deissmann wrote to Moulton's brother William, "I received the sad news of the sudden tragic death of your brother, my most intimate friend in England and my deserving colleague."