[B-Greek] How NOT to learn Biblical Greek

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Sat Jul 14 08:59:22 EDT 2007

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From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
To: "B-Greek B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2007 6:55 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] How NOT to learn Biblical Greek

>>I must say that the advice offered therein is not at all at odds with
what I've urged repeatedly in this forum myself, but I cite the key
headers and applaud in parentheses:

"(1) Reading Through Perseus: By far, the most egregious error that
students make is the extensive use of sites like Perseus, or software
like Logos or Accordance."
(That is to say, make an interlinear your primary resource -- and an
online interlinear is quicker and dirtier)

"(2) Study for the Exam"
(That is to say, memorize all the endings and rules so that you can
reproduce them on demand; I've seen all too many students who could
parrot the endings and rules of grammar and still couldn't make sense
out of a paragraph or two of Greek text.)

"(3) Skip to Koine"
(That is to say, read the Greek NT first and only, and by no means
make forays beyond the LXX.)

And finally: "No matter what you do, practice is essential. I
strongly suggest using flash cards and daily schedules. Treat it like
exercise. Heck, get religious and fanatical about it. Do it with
friends if that motivates you. Just find some way that keeps you
doing it day in and day out."
(Amen, Amen!)<<

Thanks Carl.  I linked this at my own blog and added:

I agree with everything the author says. I would add to beware of Internet
electronic tools mavens, who are able to cite various online and computer tools
(grammars, lexicons) to support their theological beliefs and religious
opinions, but never actually seem to have studied the languages they purport to

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