[B-Greek] 2nd year NTG on my own

Eric S. Weiss papaweiss1 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 27 22:27:27 EDT 2007

> My goal is to learn to read & use NTG for exegesis.
> I do have a lot of time to do this and want learn.
> Any suggestions would be VERY much appreciated. If possible be specific  with 
> direction for me.
> Thanks for the advice, in advance!
> Jim Montesano
> NJ

I took 2 years of NT Greek, using Mounce for 1st year. I 
then did a lot of self-study and have several times taught 
1st-year to 1st-and-a-half-year Greek (e.g., after 
completing 1st-year NT Greek with Story & Story's GREEK TO 
ME, I took the students through David Alan Black's IT'S 
STILL GREEK TO ME and we did a verse-by-verse translation 
and study of I Thessalonians), and am currently teaching 
a small group via N. Clayton Croy's A PRIMER OF BIBLICAL 

My advice would be to listen to what Dr. Carl Conrad has 
mentioned many times (ad nauseam?) on this forum - LEARN 
ATTIC GREEK. I am only now doing so (slowly and on my own, 
unfortunately, due to circumstances), and one reason is 
that I realized that even though I have been reading the 
NT in Greek for years, and have been teaching it to small 
church classes for almost the same number of years ... I 
DON'T KNOW GREEK. Even the little bits of Attic I have 
learned so far (and at earlier times when I tried doing it) 
has exposed me to things that none of my NT grammars 
mentioned. (And I don't mean things peculiar to Attic 
Greek; I mean things about words and grammar that for 
whatever reason the NT grammar books I used chose to omit 
or overly simplify.)

FWIW, for Attic I'm using Mastronarde, and Dr. Conrad has 
recommended the JACT series, and he or others have said 
that a person who has had NT Greek can probably work 
quickly through Hansen and Quinn to get a grasp of Attic.

This is not a good analogy but: We don't usually teach 
people to read English by having them read only the Bible 
and only the words that are in the English Bible. We teach 
people English and then we take people who know English 
and give them a Bible in English to read because, knowing 
English, they can then read and understand the Bible. 
Likewise, the precursor to reading the Greek NT should be, 
IMO, being able to read Greek - and that, I think, means a 
lot more than being able to read only NT Greek.

God bless you in your studies!

  Eric S. Weiss

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