First year grammar

Steven Craig Miller scmiller at
Wed Nov 24 22:41:51 EST 1999

To: Mark Gibbs,

<< Question: I would like to take a survey of the B-Greek participants as 
to the recommendation for first year Greek text... >>

My personal opinion is that students of NT Greek should study from a 
grammar which aims to teach ancient Greek generally rather than from a 
grammar which aims to teach ancient Greek limited to just the NT text. I 
would recommend something like: "Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient 
Greek" by Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall (Oxford UP).

My first year was from "Reading Greek" by the Joint Association of 
Classical Teachers (Cambridge UP), which would be a good alternate if one 
didn't like the "Athenaze" course. My third semester was reading the Gospel 
of John. My fourth semester was reading "Medea" by Euripides. I had the 
good fortune to be attending a Jesuit university, so in addition to reading 
Homer, Sophocles, Plato, etc., one semester we read "The Oecumenical 
Documents of the Faith" by T. Herbert Bindley and F. W. Green, which 
included various early creeds (e.g. the Nicene Creed), the Chalcedonian 
Definition, and three letters from Cyril to Nestorius.

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
scmiller at

"The pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword, fiction mightier than truth, 
and belief more important to human motivation than knowledge" (Philip R. 
Davies, "In Search of 'Ancient Israel,'" 161).

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