[B-Greek] Reading Instead of Dissecting

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Tue May 27 19:11:45 EDT 2008

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dr. Don Wilkins" <drdwilkins at verizon.net>
To: "David Pettys" <david.pettys at yahoo.com>
Cc: <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Reading Instead of Dissecting

>>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).<<

Right.  And the more you do it, the more second nature it becomes, until you 
find yourself reading instead of dissecting, and you no more have to say to 
yourself "third person singular aorist active indicative" than you have to 
say to yourself "I'm reading" -- first person singular present active 
progressive present, for the English.

N.E. Barry Hofstetter

Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum, donec requiescat in te...
    -- Augustine, Confessions 1:1


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