[B-Greek] Blog articles of particular interest to B-Greekers

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Thu Jul 12 07:19:09 EDT 2007

Yesterday and today I've been especially impressed by two entries by  
John Hobbins, a Waldensian Hebrew Scholar (not many of those around,  
are there? There's a town called Valdese less than 50 miles from  
where I live that was founded by Waldensians who once operated a  
significant bakery in this area) in a blog entitled (somewhat  
misleadingly, considering his topical range) "Ancient Hebrew Poetry."  
The first, though focused on an OT Hebrew text, is relevant to NT  
Greek texts, "Use and Abuse of Etymology in Exegesis of the  
Bible" (http://tinyurl.com/2eb3za) -- this was posted July 10; the  
second, posted yesterday (July 12) is entitled, "Language Study and  
Seminaries: A New Paradigm" (http://tinyurl.com/yocrqw). I think  
there have been some efforts toward what he calls "parish-based"  
teaching of Biblical languages, but I find it difficult to believe it  
could be successful on a large scale. But he does talk about problems  
of second-language learning and when and how it is best done; we  
haven't talked much about the "when" of second-language learning  
(Solon declared that he EGHRASKEN "AEI POLLA DIDASKOMENOS" and Cato  
the Elder took up Greek in his dotage); we have discussed the "how"  
of second-language learning ad nauseam without reaching much of a  
consensus, a fact which makes me hesitate to call this blog to the  
attention of B-Greekers -- it runs the risk of opening up a new  
Pandora's Jar (a PIQOS, not a box) of discordant reiterations of  
everybody's stance on Greek pedagogy. Nevertheless ...

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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