[B-Greek] The GRONT Scale
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Tue Nov 2 08:11:10 EDT 2010
GRONT stands for Greek Readings Outside the New Testament. The GRONT Scale is
designed to determine which Greek texts are best for NT Greek learners to read.
The Scale combines three factors:
1. Close to the Greek of the NT.
3. Good Greek.
I can only rate, and I have only rated, the few Greek writings outside the NT
that I have read, but I doubt that any other Greek writings would score higher
on the GRONT Scale. Here are the highest GRONT scores:
IGNATIUS Close to NT 9 Easy 7 Good 6 TOTAL 22
DIDACHE Close to NT 9 Easy 9 Good 3 TOTAL 21
PLATO Close to NT 7 Easy 5 Good 9 TOTAL 21
LXX Close to NT 8 Easy 9 Good 3 TOTAL 20
HOMER Close to NT 3 Easy 7 Good 10 TOTAL20
CHARITON Close to NT 8 Easy 8 Good 4 TOTAL 20
LONGUS Close to NT 7 Easy 7 Good 6 TOTAL 20
EPICTETUS Close to NT 8 Easy 7 Good 4 TOTAL 19
The margin of error for the GRONT Scale is plus or minus 4.5.
The GRONT Scale confirms the subjective consensus established on B-Greek, that
the Apostolic Fathers are probably the best thing for GNT learners to read, but
since the numbers are so closely bunched together, you should just forget about
the GRONT Scale and read anything in Greek that you want.
I would like to see other B-Greekers rate some other writers that I am curious
about. Outside of a few selections, I have not read Plutarch or Philo or
Josephus, but my guess is that they would rate lower on the GRONT Scale than the
authors I have rated. Herodotus and Thucydides might produce GRONT scores in
the low teens.
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