[B-Greek] Reading Instead of Dissecting

Dr. Don Wilkins drdwilkins at verizon.net
Tue May 27 13:51:22 EDT 2008

Excellent question. My advice is, do a complete dissection and  
analysis of whatever text you are reading, then reread it over and  
over until you no longer have to look at your notes or recall how you  
parsed something; like you would for an exam, only reread it until  
you are completely comfortable with it. Then take a break from it for  
a week or so and return. Chances are you'll see something that has  
not occurred to you before, perhaps another way to view the syntax or  
another way to interpret it, and that's the reward for your effort. I  
doubt that the need to do some parsing will ever go away, unless you  
have ample time to review the text daily. But you can master a  
reading knowledge of chunks of the NT one at a time, working your way  
through the whole NT. You'll feel like you "own" these passages, and  
it will be a great feeling (just don't get cocky).

Don Wilkins

On May 25, 2008, at 2:12 PM, David Pettys wrote:

> I have a very simple, but important question.  How does one read  
> the Greek text of the New
> Testament without attempting to "dissect" it?
> By dissect, I mean consciously parse, decline, or otherwise
> "translate" it..  My goal is to
> actually read the text before me without converting it to my native
> language.  Unfortunately, I consistently
> find myself tearing the sentence apart into smaller pieces and  
> analyzing
> it.  I don't read English in this manner.
> I have a year’s worth of study behind me.  Is this habit of mine  
> something that will go
> away once I have more “experience” with the text?
> Thank You,
> David Pettys
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