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Offline Isaiah53IsMessiah

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Resources for Koine Greek?
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:08:05 AM »
My Biblical Greek is pretty bad, I can only understand basic stuff and maybe I can write out some basic stuff too, and I do have an idea of the grammar, but I'm still really bad. I find myself tripping over a lot especially when reading St. Paul and his use of big words. I also find that St. Luke does that too. St. John's works are the easiest to understand. Any resources that can help me learn faster and help me better understand?
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Re: Resources for Koine Greek?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 01:58:51 AM »
Rodney J. Decker, Reading Koine Greek: An introduction and integrated workbook is a textbook that gives very clear grammatical explanations and extensive definitions of vocabulary to be learned. It uses brief passages from the NT, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers and other Koine writings for analysis and reading. But you need a NT Greek dictionary to work through it as not all of the vocabulary is glossed in the book itself.

Decker also has an intermediate Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint,and Early Christian Writers that has very helpful notes.

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Re: Resources for Koine Greek?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 09:21:28 AM »
The most difficult vocabulary comes from the Catholic Epistles, I find.
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Re: Resources for Koine Greek?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 02:25:10 PM »
I'd strongly recommend you start with a classical (Attic) Greek course. The "koine" courses tend to be highly simplified and Protestant-ized. Then you can read Hellenic Greek fairly well, consulting a "New Testament Greek" resource as necessary. My favorite is Greek: An Intensive Course. It does cover a little Homeric and Hellenic usage.
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Re: Resources for Koine Greek?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 12:22:46 AM »
I like "Learn New Testament Greek", by John Dobson. POD's recommendation is really good if you ambition to acquire a high level with time and dedication. My first tries at Greek were merely to check stuff on interlinear texts when I doubted something on the translations, so going through that step wasn't interesting for my own projects, but I would have grasped it much deeper if I had gone through Classical Greek first. Now I need it for classical philosophy and also to see more layers on the NT and liturgical texts.
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