[B-Greek] Difficulty of reading passages

Bryan Cox bccox99 at tx.rr.com
Thu Jul 5 21:58:15 EDT 2007

Surprisingly, I rarely see the book of Mark mentioned as good reading.
It is relatively short and tends to repeat words (especially 'euthus', the 
of which you will learn quite well), which is great for learning vocabulary. 
read that 1 John is another good book on which to begin, though from my
experience, I'm not sure I'd agree.  I think a good narrative story (rather 
abstract concepts) is much easier to wrap one's brain around from a
beginner's perspective.

Why is Mark so rarely suggested?  Is it because it is a relatively 'poor' 
with a lot of semitic structure?  Just curious.

Bryan Cox
Plano, Tx

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeffrey T. Requadt" <jeffreyrequadt_online at hotmail.com>
To: "B-Greek Mailing List" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 3:26 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Difficulty of reading passages

>I know that a frequent topic of discussion on this list is how best to 
> Koine Greek. I find myself generally agreeing that the more exposure one 
> has
> to a language (especially using it), the more natural it will become. 
> Thus,
> I would really like to start reading more of it without worrying too much
> about getting everything right, or for the purpose of exegesis, etc., but
> rather just to read it over and over and over and thus to become very
> familiar with it (not unlike the point of the C.S. Lewis passage referred 
> to
> earlier on the list). So I was wondering if those of you out there more
> familiar with the level of sophistication/difficulty of the New Testament
> (and other easily-obtainable texts) could recommend a starting point for
> reading just for the fun of it. I've tried reading James, and can make a
> little headway because I already know it in English, but there is too much
> vocabulary that I'm not familiar with. I've read through 3 John before; 
> that
> seems to be a fairly simple passage as the NT goes. I've heard that 1 John
> is easy to read without too much trouble. My purpose again is to read lots
> of text without trying to figure everything out. I remember learning to 
> read
> French by *actually reading French books* without trying to figure out 
> every
> single word and how it fit into the grammatical or syntactical structure 
> of
> the sentence, or doing discourse analysis, or literary analysis. In other
> words, the purpose was to understand French by reading and speaking 
> French.
> In the same way, when I taught piano, I didn't just teach about how the
> piano works, or the difference between whole steps and half steps, or how
> the diatonic scale works (although you need to know these things at some
> point to truly understand how to play the piano well). I focused more on
> actually playing the piano. I really think that's how our brains learn 
> most
> things. We connect the theory to our own experience. I want to be able to
> read the N.T. (and other early Christian literature) for understanding
> without resorting to lexica all the time, and I don't care so much about
> writing a technical commentary. I want to be able to connect the 
> linguistic
> theories to my own experience so that I can not only understand the "how" 
> of
> the Greek but also the Greek itself. So again, my question is, what texts
> would be good to start out with, and where would I go from there? If 
> anyone
> has a "graded" list of difficulty, that would be helpful too.
> Jeffrey T. Requadt
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