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by daveburt
December 11th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: Can ἄνθρωπος in the singular refer to people in general?
Replies: 10
Views: 4550

Can ἄνθρωπος in the singular refer to people in general?

Bill Mounce's current gloss for ἄνθρωπος includes 'humankind, people' as one of the options, but he is reconsidering it.

Can ἄνθρωπος in the singular refer to people in general? (Dr. Mounce's blog post asking the question is here.)
by daveburt
December 7th, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Why is the Johannine corpus so easy to read?
Replies: 8
Views: 2382

Re: Why is the Johannine corpus so easy to read?

You're right in pinning this issue on vocabulary. There are only a couple of dozen words in the NT that use morphs Duff doesn't teach the parsing for (non-indicative verbs in tenses other than aorist and present from memory). 'He wants his audience to get it' sounds good to me. The 'easy paratactic ...
by daveburt
December 5th, 2017, 10:15 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Why is the Johannine corpus so easy to read?
Replies: 8
Views: 2382

Why is the Johannine corpus so easy to read?

John, 1 John, 2 John are very easy to read. Reading the elder's address in the letters to 'my children' I wonder whether they were intended to be understood by young people, or perhaps foreigners with Greek as a second language, or if there's some other reason underlying John's choice of simple word...
by daveburt
December 4th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Re: A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar

I've put the very rough demo up at http://duff-graded-gnt.herokuapp.com/. The client-side speech synthesis only works if you've got a Greek speech synthesizer in your browser. For me it works on Firefox and Chrome on my Mac but not on my Windows machine.
by daveburt
December 3rd, 2017, 11:05 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Expertise in Greek
Replies: 23
Views: 8655

Re: Porter's SBL review of "The Greek Verb Revisited"

So my silly question: do Professors of Greek have reading fluency in Greek? I've always assumed that if you stuck a text of Plato, St. John Chrysostom or Plutarch in front of any "Professor of Greek," they could just read it straight off, about the same as their first language. If I may add an anec...
by daveburt
November 30th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Is learning accents really important?
Replies: 15
Views: 6144

Re: Is learning accents really important?

Mitch Tulloch wrote:
November 30th, 2017, 12:31 pm
I'm only interested in reading Koine Greek, not in speaking or writing it :-)
Is it possible for a human to read a language without hearing it in their head? Or to understand a language without being able to produce a sentence of their own?
by daveburt
November 28th, 2017, 12:28 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Re: A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar

Thanks, I look forward to that, hopefully not too far off. Meanwhile, Duff does do pretty well at getting students reading the GNT quickly, but I wonder if there is a better order for learning available, something like James Tauber has been talking about in his BibleTech talks (I'm thinking of part ...
by daveburt
November 23rd, 2017, 6:56 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

A Graded Reader keyed to Duff's Grammar

Introducing A Graded Reader for Duff's Elements [docx] It lists all the verses in the SBL GNT which are readable without help after completing each chapter of Jeremy Duff's Elements of New Testament Greek . It's 103 A5 pages; from memory I think it's about 15% of the verses in the NT. Duff is the G...
by daveburt
November 7th, 2017, 11:02 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Opinions about the book "Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek"
Replies: 30
Views: 6464

Re: Opinions about the book "Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek"

I would suggest simply focusing on the basics. People have been successfully studying and learning ancient Greek for the past couple of millennia or so before there was any academic discussion on verbal aspect, and you can do it too. Learn your paradigms, increase your vocabulary, read lots of Gree...
by daveburt
November 7th, 2017, 5:14 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Opinions about the book "Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek"
Replies: 30
Views: 6464

Re: Opinions about the book "Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek"

The NT verb debates do not reflect Greek reality or Greek options, but they did reflect fairly widespread weakness in Greek and in linguistics among NT practitioners. I hope this is not stretching the thread too far off topic, but it's a concerning statement on a confusing area. As a student and a ...

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