Learning Greek Update

When I mentioned I was going to start learning Greek some people wanted to know how things are coming along.

I don’t know what happened, but Greek became interesting to me starting a couple of weeks ago. It’s not just something I’m trying to learn so that I can use a reader’s NT and understand a good bit of what I’m reading, but it’s actually interesting to learn how things work, understand things that perplexed me for a while and a light bulb goes off, word order (not that I understand it), how economical it is etc. This makes the exercises much less frustrating. I won’t say it’s fun, but it’s interesting.

That’s a great thing God has done because I’m not naturally interested in languages.

It’s going slow because of my age, time I’m willing to spend (although I’m working on it every day), mental energy or lack of, especially with all the medical stuff, and wanting to learn it well. I decided not to think negatively of this in any way. In fact I’m glad I’m not learning Greek in school or I would forget the majority of it by the time I’m finished racing through it at college speed.

I’m on Chapter 11 out of 32 in the Croy book.

I still don’t think I’ll go beyond Croy’s beginning book, Black’s linguistics book and Campbell’s Verbal Aspect (just because I have it) but hopefully that will be enough to really benefit from it.

A Primer of Biblical Greek by Clayton CroyLinguistics by BlackBasic of Verbal Aspect by Campbell

7 Responses to “Learning Greek Update”

  1. 1 Joel (Polycarp)

    You know, I found that Bibleworks 8 has really improved my desire to further my education into Greek.

  2. 2 tc robinson

    Jeff, Why not start with either Mounce or Black?  Well, I’m speaking from experience.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Joel, how so? I have BW 8 also.

    TC, it was a toss up between Croy and Black for a number of reasons. I went with Croy.

    BW 8 has the vocab set from Croy (and Black and Mounce) which is great. Only last week I discovered that you can limit it to certain chapters. (Duh)


  4. 4 Daniel Doleys

    I think its awesome you are trying to learn Greek on your own.  You are definitely smarter than me because  there is no way I could have handled it without a teacher.  But I would also suggest you go through an exegetical grammar book like Wallace.  Croy is good for morphology, Black on linguistics and Campbell on aspect, but the syntax you can learn in an intermediate grammar like Wallace is the bedrock of Greek exegesis.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    Daniel, believe me I’m not that smart. I learn everything much better by self teaching (autodidact) than in a school setting. I have had and will have a little tutoring from Esteban. He helped me through pronunciation while I was going through Greek For The Rest Of Us and gave me some tidbits that I have put into use or remember all the time.

    I doubt I’ll get to an intermediate grammar like Wallace but I do have it in BW 8. I also love exegesis though so who knows. I’m even more of a beginner at that.


  6. 6 Joel (Polycarp)

    Well, it has interactive tools, vocabs, etc… I love learning it as a novice, but BW has a teacher like feel.

  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    I’ll be using those tools more.

    I like how it takes you through the steps of exegesis.


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