From: Cal Redmond (email@example.com)
Date: Wed May 31 2000 - 15:15:01 EDT
When I get the class, I will have to gauge their level and plan accordingly. I agree
that the obvious answer is that they should read as much as possible. I thought about
beginning by having them read 1 & 2 Corinthians, a Gospel (perhaps Mark?), and a
"general epistle" which would probably not be Hebrews. This is a one term class.
If they haven't already been tested from Metzger's Lexical Aids, I would also do that.
I appreciate the suggestion. I was tested in this during intermediate Greek courses,
and I found it useful. I plan toll suggest they use Sakae Kubo in their preparations
for words used less than 10 times in the NT.
The one-term courses like these that I have heard of have typically had the expectation
of reading about one-third of the NT.
Michael Hildenbrand wrote:
> I haven't taught one, but took a rapid reading class as an
> undergrad. If you are going to have *rapid* reading, you should be
> prepared to have them read *lots* of Greek. You shouldn't try to analyze
> the sentences to death, force them to parse every form, etc. The emphasis
> should be on speed. In my course we did the whole NT (except for John and
> Matthew) in two semesters. Now some chapters went slower
> (Luke/acts/Hebrews), but others went faster. In some books we covered two
> chapters in an hour class. You can guess we did not go into detail on the
> material. You want (I hope) your students to get *comfortable* with Greek
> and to be able to read it easily. We were also tested out of Metzger's
> lexical aids every day during one semester, and Muller's book the next
> semester. As a result, I could read Greek just about anywhere
> comfortably, if I was familiar with the vocabulary. When I dipped into
> the papyri, LXX, and Josephus, etc., there was more vocabulary I needed to
> pick up, but often I could read most of a chapter without having to look
> up words and/or forms.
> On Mon, 29 May 2000, Cal Redmond wrote:
> > Dear List Member,
> > I am scheduled to be teaching a "Rapid Greek Reading" course for Th.M.
> > students beginning in January. I have never had such a course as a
> > student, and learned to read rapidly essentially by being forced to do
> > so to do well in my courses. Have any of you taught such a course? If
> > so, is there a specific methodology or even a syllabus that you could
> > make available to me?
> > I have no doubt that I can come up with something useful, but I think I
> > could also make the course even better by learning what other folks have
> > done.
> > Thanks!
> > Cal Redmond, Ph. D.
> > Professor of New Testament-Designate
> > The International School of Theology-Asia, Manila, The Philippines
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