Essentials for NT Greek study?

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  1. thistle93

    thistle93 Puritan Board Freshman

    Hi! I have taken beginning NT Greek and one NT Greek exegesis of 1 Peter in seminary but in the almost 5 years I have been out and pastoring I have not been able to continue studying my NT Greek as much as I would like given the time restraints of pastoral ministry. So I want to restart my study. If you have a knowledge of NT Greek what would you recommend using? In your experience what were the best resources to help you with your NT Greek?

    I currently have:
    A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bauer and Frederick William Danker

    Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce w/ Workbook/Flashcards/CD-Rom

    Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek by Bruce M. Metzger

    New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition by Verlyn Verbrugge

    The Greek New Testament by Kurt Aland, Matthew Black, Carlo M. Martini and Bruce M. Metzger

    Should these suffice or would you add something? Where best to start from? Any good free online websites with NT Greek resources that you can recommend and especially ones for learning NT Greek?

    Thank you!

    For His Glory-
  2. JP Wallace

    JP Wallace Puritan Board Sophomore

    I'd reccomend a Reader's Greek NT if you don't have one (i.e. one with vocab helps at the bottom) - Zondervan have one and there is a UBS verson now as well but it is bulkier. It'll help you actually read the NT rather than just study the language isolated from the text.
  3. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    You might try the resources at

    They offer a good selection of Attic Greek grammar and study texts. And they have various study groups with some that focus only upon Koine.

    If you can handle the font you might also try Claude Lancelot's A New Method of Learning with Greater Facility the Greek Tongue.
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Biggest help in my estimation is to work at simply reading the text.
    That is where one of the reader's versions could be helpful. Do some research-- one of those editions hs sharper, easier to read text than the other, which has kind of faint! thin print.

    Another approach, at least initially, is to translate a verse or two per day.
  5. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    I have been tutoring Greek for the past 5 years. My recommendations:

    Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek by Bruce Metzger - the section on morphology is critical for understanding Greek and is usually not contained in beginning grammars

    Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by David Black - skip the phonology section; the rest is great

    Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics by Daniel Wallace - tough resource, but worth it, especially because it treats so many difficult resources; a reference grammar

    It's Still Greek to Me by David Black - covers in abbreviated form much of the same info as Wallace's GGBB, but much easier to read straight through and use on your own

    Koine Greek Reader by Rodney Decker - a great selection of annotated texts; well worth your time and effort

    A Grammar of the Greek New Testament by A. T. Robertson - oldie but a goodie; slightly dated, but often strikingly perceptive grammar
  6. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritan Board Doctor

    Looks like you've got the tools.

    Now comes the hard part of memorizing vocabulary and paradigms.

    Have fun!
  7. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

  8. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    Oh, if you used Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, then you may get some good use out of Mounce's A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek. It has progressively more difficult readings that reinforce concepts from the first book; it provides some good practice while one transitions to an intermediate text.
  9. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Can anyone recommend a large print Reader? It is hard to tell from pictures on the web.
  10. JP Wallace

    JP Wallace Puritan Board Sophomore

    Ken I'd don't know if there is a large print one...but the UBS is bigger than Zondervan I think.
  11. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    That is becoming more and more an issue for me as I get older. That's why I like the Kindle. For example, I bought Quicken 1.7.1 and can't use it because there is no way to adjust the font size. It makes my head hurt.
  12. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    From what I can tell, the font is different between the two Readers, but the size only 11 for both.
  13. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    For the iPad, the Olive Tree Bible Reader allow you to set the font sizes.

    Two Greek New Testaments--Scrivener 1894 and Byzantine unparsed, and the Westminster Leningrad Codex for the OT, are available.

    What you can't do is swipe the screen to increase the font size. Must be fixed in the settings section.

    The nice thing is that those editions are free. For the most part they have sufficed for my purposes.
  14. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

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