[B-Greek] Textbook for Beginning Greek

cwconrad2 cwconrad2 at mac.com
Sun Dec 12 09:13:17 EST 2010

This is a recurrent question and it is one upon which those B-Greekers who have an
opinion have been repeatedly found to be at odds with each other. I thought that I
had written a response to this covering a whole lot of possible choices, but can't find
in the archives the particular one I'm looking for. Here's one of my older replies:


but the URL for Funk's Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek has changed
since then. Now it's: http://www.ibiblio.org/bgreek/project/funk-grammar/pre-alpha/

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (ret)
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On Dec 11, 2010, at 09:39 PM, Shirley Rollinson <rollinsondr at yahoo.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Any ideas ?
> thank you
> Shirley Rollinson
> Eastern New Mexico University
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