Devenios Doulenios wrote:And Barry is right, it definitely does stretch your vocabulary muscles to read outside the NT. I heartily recommend it.
Try some Attic or Homer too. I'm reading some selections from Xenophon's Memoriblia and the Apology for Socrates with some "review" lessons in Attic grammar and it is very interesting.
When the Romans learned Greek formally, they usually started with Homer. 2 years ago I did a unit in Homer with my advanced Greek class. I hadn't read Homer extensively since grad school, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, and ended up reading far ahead of the class. It struck me as I did so that it was really often quite easy Greek. All one has to do is forget the dactylic hexameter and use a more prose word order, and much of it is no more difficult than NT Greek, once one gets used to the vocabulary and forms (which really aren't all that different). I thought, "Maybe there was a good reason the Romans started with Homer..."
N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Instructor of Latin
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy