[B-Greek] Fw: Recommendation for Koine Greek text

Gene Cockerham gene.cockerham at ncpres.org
Wed Apr 14 10:02:15 EDT 2010

The first Greek class I took more than 10 years ago was with Machen's
original 1920's text.  I am currently teaching Greek at a small Christian
school in Maryland and have found his methods to be indispensible.  My
students are 7th & 8th graders, 50% of which have come from public grammar
schools and therefore have had no formal grammar lessons.  Without Machen's
style of repetition, simple introductory exercises, and English to Greek
translation I would never get through to these students.  We had chosen
Mounce's text for our curriculum, but I find that his audience had to be
rhetoric age students and his method of using scripture for his exercises,
while he translates for you, all of the words and parts of speech that he
hasn't yet introduced to be as cumbersome as this sentence that I just

Does any know of any other curricula that teaches Greek at a logic level of

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Subject: [B-Greek] Fw: Recommendation for Koine Greek text

Ernie and Berel,

I am on the last chapter of the first edition of Machen's New Testament
Greek for Beginners. There are 33 chapters 
by the way. There is a study guide with an answer key put out by David L.
Thompson. The study guide is very thorough 
but there are some errors in the answer key, more than I expected. You are
correct that the end of the book, namely
the last two chapters are rushed. Overall, despite criticism of the book
being antiquated by some in b-greek, 
the book's main benefit is the English to Greek translation exercises in my
opinion. I found that I learned the 
material better than the book I originally studied which was Summer's
Essentials of New Testament Greek. One 
can also search under Yahoo! Groups with the search word <Machen> to see our
group's answers to the exercises 
under the messages' link if a study guide is not appropriated. Thompson also
gives you translation exercises from
the New Testament in each chapter of his study guide but not from the

Michael Lawson
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  From: Ernest Sjogren<mailto:esjogren at nc.rr.com> 
  To: Berel Beyer<mailto:berelbeyer at gmail.com> ;
greekstudy at nxport.com<mailto:greekstudy at nxport.com> 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:11 PM
  Subject: Re: Recommendation for Koine Greek text


  > learn Koine Greek specifically with an eye to reading the Septuagint.

  If the student will accept a traditional approach,  Machen's New Testament

  Greek for Beginners is good.  There's a new edition that I haven't seen,
  the old one was republished constantly from 1923, so it should not be hard

  to find, although it is often a bit pricey, for as small a book as it is.

  It is like (if you don't know it) a very bare-bones Wheelock, but for
  Greek.  If I recall correctly, the end is a bit rushed, and in a couple of

  places too-similar material is presented in the same (consecutive?) 
  chapter(s), but I used it 20 years ago, helped by an extremely kind friend

  who corrected the exercises, and it was excellent.

  Towards the end of working through it I easily began reading Mark, then
  other Evangelists, and then Tobit from the Septuagint, etc

  But it is _very_ traditional.  Grammar presentation, paradigms to
  and vocabulary to learn.  20 (usually) Greek-to-English and nearly as many

  English-to-Greek sentences per chapter, of which there are about 38.  You 
  would have to correct the exercises for the student, or a key would have
  be found.  There is no "cultural studies" type of material, other than
  is in the introduction.  That sort of thing would have to come from 
  elsewhere, if it is important to the student.

  Ernie Sjogren

  P.S.--I could be wrong about the number of chapters. I do not have a copy
  English, here, but my Russian translation ("and adaptation") has only 33 

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