Re: How to study, what to use....

From: Steve Long (
Date: Wed Jun 10 1998 - 08:08:45 EDT

>Dear B-Greekers,
> Having just completed my "formal" study of Greek, I am left wondering
>where to go next. I want to continue working with my GNT and learning more
>and more, but I'm not certain if my method of study is the best. This was my
>method for my last year of college:
>1. Translate the verse (or paragraph, book, etc.).
>2. Diagram if it wasn't too terribly difficult (I'm not very good at it).
>3. Do Word Studies on words that seemed particularly interesting.
>While doing this I would frequently use BAGD and Reinecker and Rodgers.
>Now, what I need to know, is if this is a beneficial way for me to continue
>my study of Greek on my own, and if I should purchase these books for
>myself. Any information about good study tools and/or study methods would be
>a great help!

This is my first post to the list and I am definitely a little greek, but I
have found a study method that helped me quite a bit.

I was teaching a Sunday school class back in the early '80s and I wanted to
learn enough Greek to share some of its richness with my students, so I
studied with a tutor, bought all the right reference books etc. and I got
to the level of proficiency where I could parse the verb, do word studies
and not make to many stupid statements about grammar when teaching (ie.
learned to say nothing).

About 2 years ago, I wanted to enrich my personal understanding of the New
Testament by becoming a fluent reader. I found my copy of Marshall's
interlinear of the Nestle text and I started reading a chapter a day from
the Greek with modern pronunciation (I know several Greeks who would laugh
at me if I used scholarly pronuciation). The value of using an interlinear
was enormous, I began to recognize words by their sound without having to
look them up. The audible Greek helped me to memorize vocabulary by
sounding like an English word. You can cover a lot of ground if don't have
to look up every verb ending. I very quickly gained enough fluency so that
now I can read most of the New Testament (noninterlinear) without
consulting a lexicon and I can even appreciate some of Paul's puns or
double entendres. Even on less familiar ground like the Septuagint, I find
my comprehension greatly increased.

I wanted the New Testament to become less like a secret code that has to be
decoded and more like a living language. The goal I set for myself (which I
am a very long way from obtaining) is to be able to think in Greek. So I
have also set myself to learn modern Greek using a modern Greek grammar,
modern Greek-English dictionary (also useful for word studies to see how a
word meaning has been distilled) and a CD-Rom, so that I can converse in
Greek (the first step toward thinking?) (do we always learn to speak before
we learn to think?) (am I even beginning to write like Paul?) MH GENOITO!

Any way there may be others who have had different experiences, but this
worked very well for me. I gained more ground in a few months than I did in
years of look-it-up type of study (I still look stuff up for topical or
word studies, I'm just talking about daily devotional reading).


Steve Long
Allegro Graphics, Inc., Allegro Digital Media, Inc.
4132 Industrial Drive, Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
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