[B-Greek] Learning Greek

Shumaker, Dave R. dshumaker at bbc.edu
Wed Mar 15 07:43:13 EST 2006

May I recommend a great book that is very minimum on Grammar, but very
high on reading?  "Learn New Testament Greek" is a very good source if
you want to become a fast Greek reader.  I have used it with first year
Greek students and have found it to facilitate very fast reading.  

I cannot use it by itself as a first year text, however.  LNTG does not
cover enough grammar in detail.  So, I use it along side another, more
technical text.  With the two books, we are able to get through I John
by the end of the 1st semester.

Please let me know what you think of the book.

God bless, 

David R. Shumaker
Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Professor of Biblical Greek
Baptist Bible College
(570) 585-9304
dshumaker at bbc.edu

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To: Joe Hightower
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Learning Greek

On Mar 14, 2006, at 5:29 PM, Joe Hightower wrote:

> I would like to have more detail regarding the best way to learn  
> Greek. Many have said that reading is the best. My reading skills  
> are quite poor, I cannot read more than a paragraph at a time. I do  
> not think in Greek, I cannot help but to think in English. Any  
> suggestions? Are there books or courses that will help? Or will the  
> process of trying simply pay off in the end. no matter how slow I  
> am now?
> It is easy to qet discouraged.

Yes, I know that's true. But I've seen that sense of helplessness  
about Greek (or Latin) turned around dramatically in some.
It might be easier to advise you if we knew exactly what textbook(s)  
and/or methodologies you've been using with little success.

Something a little bit different that you may find helpful is a  
(relatively) recent reprint of an older book from 1965: Colwell and  
Tune, _A Beginner's Reader/Grammar for New Testament Greek_  
(Hendrickson, 2001). It has minimal but accurate grammatical  
explanations and an excellent sequence of carefully graded readings  
in rather surprisingly good idiomatic Koine. If that doesn't work, go  
to Israel and study with Randall Buth (I'm sure he'll appreciate this  
advice ;-) ).

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
cwconrad2 at mac.com
WWW: http://www.ioa.com/~cwconrad/

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