[B-Greek] Textbook for Beginning Greek

Barry H. nebarry at verizon.net
Sun Dec 12 08:05:25 EST 2010

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From: "Shirley Rollinson" <rollinsondr at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [B-Greek] Textbook for Beginning Greek

> Textbook for Beginning Greek
> I'm currently "between textbooks" for the Beginning Greek courses I teach.
> I'd appreciate some ideas for a textbook which uses a blend of inductive 
> and grammatical methods.
> I used Dobson's "Teach Yourself NT Greek" for years, and my students did 
> well with it. I had to give them plenty of additional grammar and 
> vocabulary hand-outs, but the book got them reading fluently and with 
> confidence. Within one semester they were reading (and enjoying) large 
> passages from the NT. However, the earlier edition has been edited and 
> "improved" several times. The later editions became less and less 
> satisfactory, until I just gave up on it.
> Wenham is out of print.
> I've tried others over the years, including Duff, Mounce, Croy, and 
> MacNair, and none of them get the students reading and understanding as 
> quickly as the original Dobson.
> What's more frustrating is that I also teach Latin, using a blend of the 
> Cambridge Course and Wheelock, and my Latin students are up and running in 
> one semester. But so far I haven't found a Greek equivalent of the 
> Cambridge Latin Course.
> I'm teaching at the College level, up to a Minor in Greek, as part of a BA 
> or BS degree, with students who may or may not go on to seminary (most do 
> not). What I want is a book which will help to get them started, will give 
> them confidence in reading and comprehension, and which they can use by 
> themselves if they drop out of College.

Try Athenaze -- I nearly switched to that this year, but decided to keep it 
as a supplementary text to use with Crosby & Schaeffer.  It's based in 
Attic, but includes NT readings regularly (and if you've had Attic, NT Greek 
is like rolling out of bed in the morning).

N.E. Barry Hofstetter, semper melius Latine sonat...
Classics and Bible Instructor, TAA
(2010 Salvatori Excellence in Education Winner)
V-P of Academic Affairs, TNARS
bhofstetter at tnars.net


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