Keeping up with NT Greek after class

From: Bret A. Hicks (
Date: Thu May 20 1999 - 17:04:17 EDT

    I was wondering if any of the "middle" or "big" Greeks could offer a
suggestion on keeping up with your Greek skills after you have finished
your Greek classes. I took Greek 3 or 4 years ago and find it difficult
to keep my skills up, much less improve on them. This is especially true
when I am teaching a lot out of the Old Testament as I am this year. I
simply do not get to study the NT much this year, so I am not using
Greek very much.
    I guess my basic question is "what is the best way to spend my
time?" I do not have a lot of time (family, pastoring, still in
seminary, etc.). If you could only devote 15-20 minutes a day, where
would you devote it? Working on vocabulary, reading through grammars to
brush up, reading some portion of the NT, or a combination of the
above? If you recommend reading, do you recommend using a reader such
as the Graded reader by Mounce, or simply opening the NT a little each
day and reading. Finally, if it is reading the NT, what books would be
most profitable to start with (few "unusual" constructions, easier
grammar and vocabulary, etc.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

In Christ,

Bret A. Hicks
Bay Ridge Christian Church

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