[B-Greek] Fw: write - was suggestions please

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 1 09:01:24 EDT 2011

John is, of course, easy reading.  That is why many beginning NT Greek 
classes start with that.  It's also extremely tedious.  It is tedious because of 
the continual repetition with the circling around and around a subject ("All 
mine are yours, and yours are mine..."), but it is this repetition which also 
makes it easy.


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learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth, 
defend the truth till death.

- Jan Hus

From: Barry H. <nebarry at verizon.net>
To: Shirley Rollinson <rollinsondr at yahoo.com>; b.nyberg.ntm at gmail.com
Cc: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Tue, May 31, 2011 7:06:53 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Fw: write - was suggestions please

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From: "Shirley Rollinson" <rollinsondr at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:11 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Fw: write - was suggestions please

>By now you have had many great suggestions from the B-Greek list,

He really has, hasn't he?

>but I'd like to add my 2-lepta also :
>You say you're thinking of translating 1 John - Yes, it is one of the 
>"standard" texts to start NT Greek study, but be prepared for relative 
>pronouns, and a bunch of perfect tenses.
>Revelation would be a simpler "read" - with a good story-line, though some 
>vocabulary which you don't meet elsewhere in the NT.

I would suggest the gospels.  I like starting with Mark, and then Luke-Acts. 
Nothing like good sequential narrative to get a flow of context and see how 
the language actually moves.  Revelation I would argue against as a first 
read, simply because the Greek is so idiosyncratic (and in a few places, 
downright solecistic).  Then a Pauline epistle or two, and then maybe John 
and 1st John, which are, shall we say, deceptively simple on a syntactical 
level.  After that the order shouldn't matter too much.  Just read lots of 

>As you descibe yourself as "budding", I think some of the texts which folk 
>have suggested may be a bit daunting, and to my mind the purpose of 
>learning NT Greek is to read the NT, so start with that first.
Then try the LXX (maybe next year), then (maybe some years in the future) 
Church Fathers, then Classics. Homer only if you are prepared to learn a 
bunch of new grammar.

For extra-biblical authors, Epictetus, Josephus, and Lucian of Samasota.

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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