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Description

The aim of this course is to help students develop a working facility with the Greek New Testament. Its primary objective is to enable students to read and exegete the original sacred text, to their profit and that of their hearers. In keeping with this goal, exercises and readings will be taken almost exclusively from Scripture, and students will begin exegesis as soon as a very fundamental knowledge of the language allows.

As the Lord in his providence has preserved His Word over the centuries, so He has preserved the knowledge of the Biblical languages, that His Church may continue to rightly divide the Word of Truth. To each generation is given the joyous “privilege and responsibility”:/articles/the-importance-of-biblical-languages/ of learning the ancient languages of Scripture. It is especially needful in this time of cultural decline and famine for the Word, that we equip the next generation to faithfully hold forth the Word of Life.

The primary text for the course is William D. Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek text, and its accompanying workbook, both available from Amazon. You can learn more about Dr. Mounce and his work on his personal website.

Requirements

The course is open to students in good standing 15 years of age and older, and adults. Exceptions to the minimum age limit will be considered on a case by case basis. The course is 4 semesters, and the tuition is $150 per semester. Class size is limited to 12 students, first come, first served. Initial enrollment of up to 15 students is accepted, in consideration of probable attrition. Tuition is refundable if the student drops within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Scholarships will be considered on a case by case basis. Specific inquiries about this course may be made to the instructor .

Demands of the Course

Before committing to take this class, you should count the costs. The rewards are indeed great, and the time commitment is commensurate. To reap the rich fruits of success in this course, you should plan to study at least 1 to 1.5 hours a day, 5-6 days per week. Study groups can be quite helpful, and are strongly encouraged.

Time and Place

Classes are about 2 hours long, with a short break in the middle. They will be held once per week, probably in the early evening. We will make our best efforts to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Classes will begin in the 2nd week of September, and there will be scheduled breaks for holidays. The full schedule for the semester will be available here once it is finalized. Location is yet to be determined.

The Teacher

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The course is taught by Andrew vonderLuft, B.A. Classics, who has studied a few bits of Greek literature, including Homer, Xenophon, Plato, and the Greek playwrights. But his best love is for Scriptures, and hence he regularly reads and studies the Greek New Testament and the Septuagint.

Updates and Collaboration

This website, GKNT.org is meant to be an information portal and place of reference. Check here regularly for class updates and new resources for your study of Greek. We also have [a slack site, gknt.slack.com (http://gknt.slack.com set up for class collaboration. The teacher will be available there to respond to questions throughout the week.

Class Books

We will be using Dr. Mounce’s text and workbook. There only minor differences between the 2nd and 3rd editions. Therefore if you already have the 2nd edition, you may use it. If you do not, you should go ahead and get the 3rd edition text and workbook. Both are available now at reasonable prices at Amazon.

Here is the list of books: required, recommended, and resources.

REQUIRED

  • Biblical Greek Study Guide - a set of laminated ‘cheat’ sheets.

  • Basics of Biblical Greek Flash Card Set. These are very helpful for learning vocabulary. You can download the free Flashworks computer program for PC and Mac from Bill Mounce’s site. However these traditional flashcards have no dependency on a computer and are hence more desirable, since you can easily take advantage of travel time in the car, etc.

  • Greek New Testament. This is after all the whole point, viz. to gain facility reading the Greek New Testament, but you don’t absolutely need to have your own copy right away. 3rd or 4th edition is fine, and the with Dictionary version is handy and helpful.

  • Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament This gem is out of print, and getting a used copy can be fairly pricey. You may be able to get a good price at Amazon, and it is well worth it if you can. But be sure to get the earlier edition linked to here, as the new edition has been thoroughly revised and is laced with much theological axe-grinding, unlike the earlier edition.

RESOURCES

Preparation

Before the first class:

  • Acquire the required books listed above
  • Read the first 3 chapters of BBG (Basics of Biblical Greek)
  • Master the Greek alphabet