Greek: Back to the Basics – Again

Now and then I’ve been writing about how frustrated I am with Greek and that I’m not sure if I really want to do it. This last time around I did a lot of thinking and realized that part of it may be I just don’t know what I’ve ‘learned’ well enough. It’s like college where they go too fast (for me). I was never good in a classroom.

I enjoy everything more the better I am at it and the more I know whether it’s a hobby or profession. I usually treat hobbies almost like they’re a career. I’ve gone back and read through Black’s book, my main one, from the beginning a couple of times, but that’s not enough.

Someone, I can’t remember who, said to be sure to get out that workbook I have. So I decided to start over yet again and this time use the workbook. There are a lot of exercises. But I think that’s what I need. So now I’m starting Chapter 6 after having done it for a few weeks and I’m a little more positive about it, even though it will set me way back time-wise. I was originally about 4/5ths of the way through the book.

I also want to do a little learning by immersion by reading passages I have memorized in English in the Greek NT, unless some of you think that’s a bad idea for some reason.

So I hope by the time I get back to where I was, along with reading Mounce and Croy again along with it, that I’ll have a much better understanding and not feel lost because I wasn’t really learning the material like I should. There are no deadlines or semesters for me.

8 Responses to “Greek: Back to the Basics – Again”


  1. 1 Gary Simmons

    Keep it up, Jeff. Doing work from the workbook definitely helps.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the encouragement.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Craig Bennett

    Hang in there Jeff, it will eventually come together…at least that is what I am believing for myself. 🙂

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you. I know you know about this better than I.

    Have you done anything out of the norm in your learning? Not necessarily because of the temporary memory problem, but other ways of learning on your own? I still need to try reading passages that I have memorized.
    Jeff

  5. 5 Stan McCullars

    Jeff,
    I think I’m about to join you in studying Greek. I studied it a little about 20 years ago and that still helps me a little in reading commentaries. Anything learned will benefit understanding of the New Testament so it will be worth it.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Great! We’ll have to keep up with how each other is doing. Right now in ‘starting over’, I’m having a hard time with chap 13 and 14 of Black’s book but am about to get past that. I also want to get back to just reading through Mounce at the same time. But going through the workbook takes a lot of time.

    What book will you use?
    Jeff

  7. 7 Stan McCullars

    Not sure which book yet. I have a compulsion to research such purchases for endless hours before making a decision.

    I’m leasing toward Black based on your review. I suppose I’ll need the workbook as well. Flash cards?

    Mounce has all the accessories like flash cards and such.

    Not sure.
    Stan

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    David Black has PDFs that you can print out and cut up for flash cards, which I’ve done. The workbook costs more than the book but I got a review copy. It has some mistakes and was put together by some different people. Mounce’s method is very different. I don’t know how to describe it so hopefully someone else can help you.

    I research like crazy too. I switched from Croy to Black mid-way and had been planning on using Mounce as a secondary the whole time. Then there are others of course which you’ve seen already.
    Jeff

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