[b-greek] Re: The Minister and His Greek NT

From: Alex / Ali (alexali@surf.net.au)
Date: Sat Nov 11 2000 - 05:39:29 EST

Myron C. Kauk wrote:
> A while back somebody posted a link (or did I find this myself) to
>an article by A.T Robertson on "the Minister and His Greek NT." As I
>recall, there was also an article by John Piper on this subject.
>Unfortunately, I have misplaced both. If anyone can help me relocate them
>or point me to other resources on "why study Greek?" I would appreciate it.


My library is at the moment in confusion owing to renovations, but I
searched and found ATRobertson's book. I don't know of the Piper article. If
there's any specific help I could give from the book, let me know (perhaps
off-list unless of broader interest to list members).

As for other resources on 'Why study Greek? ', I introduced my own classes
this year with a superb answer to that question given by Karen Pitts on this
list. It is appended below. It and others can be found in the archives. I
think Karen's response came in a few days after this theme had been
introduced, so search around December 10, 1999 onwards.


Dr Alex Hopkins (Melbourne, Australia)
Subject: RE: "Why Study Greek?"
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:23:09 -0500
X-Message-Number: 11

Since I learned Greek through a class at church, let me talk about why I
keep it up (I started in late 1991).

1. I love the language. I did not anticipate this when I started it.

2. I do get nuances out of the text that I don't get in English.

3. Reading from the Greek slows me down and makes me think. Probably
reading from any other than a very familiar language would work. One of my
friends that reads Greek with me also reads her Bible in French and German.

4. I now know enough to recognize faulty arguments made by other speakers.

5. I find reading from the Greek more moving. I was gripped by reading
the Passion passages in the Gospels, something I don't think I get from
reading English.

6. I am a resource for the Bible study I am in. I don't answer a question
every week, but there's an interpretation question I can answer, or get the
answers to, with some frequency. Sometimes its a simple as whether "you"
is in singular or plural.

I keep my skills up with B-Greek, teaching (although I'm not currently
teaching a class, I have for most of the last seven years), and reading
regularly with other graduates from our original class.

I'd have a plan in place for keeping the skills up before you start. There
have been very high attrician rates. My class started out at 25 and I
think about 6 finished the equivalent of one semester. The next class
started with about 12-15, with two completing, although both of them are
keeping it up.

Anyway, good luck and God bless.
Karen Pitts

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