10 February 2006

NT Greek

I have begun trying to relearn NT Greek. I studied Attic Greek in college. Attic Greek is much older and is generally referred to as Ancient or Classical Greek. NT Greek is not as complex as Attic Greek. NT Greek is also known as Koine Greek.

I am working on learning the language for two reasons.

First, I want to be able to use the Greek to study the New Testament. I don't know that I will use it on a daily basis, but I want to at least be familiar enough with the language to be able to use it to enrich my study of the New Testament.

Second, we homeschool our oldest two kids. I am having my son learn NT Greek as part of his studies. I found that studying Greek in college really helped me learn English grammar much better than I ever had before. I hope that by studying Greek, he will gain a better grasp of language in general, and also enrich his knowledge in the process. He might even enrich his soul by studying the NT in Greek as part of the learning process.

I hope to put some of my use of Greek here on the blog to highlight some of what I am working on. In the meantime, let me summarize how I am studying.

First, I bought a copy of Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek. It is one of the standard texts used in seminaries to teach students Greek. It comes with a CD that includes summary lectures on the chapters to help teach the subject. I also bought the workbook that goes with the text.

Second, I have found a website: www.zhubert.com. This is a site that an individualy put together to help himself and other students of the original languages. The site allows you to work through the NT text and do your own translation. It has built in tools to help you parse words and easily look up vocabulary. It makes it much easier to get back into the language after being away for a long time.

I working my way through 1 John on the website. It is generally considered the book with the easiest grammar.


At 4/02/2006 1:54 AM, Blogger Pretty Neddie said...

I learned attic Greek--just one semester, then went to 2 years of koine Greek. But, this was way back in the late seventies and I have not used it since my first trip through seminary. I want to learn it again. I want to attend Luther Seminary and they require a proficiency test in Greek--on all words used in Greek at least 50 times in the NT.


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