Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

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Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby Jeremy Adams » December 28th, 2013, 1:00 am

I am curious if anyone has used these resources?
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/
or
www.biblicalgreek.org/

I don't think formal classes are in the cards for me in the near future so I was considering doing the year long online course at the Biblical Greek Institute and using the books from The Biblical Language Center to supplement. I have not been able to find reviews of BGI's classes, but from the teacher's credentials and such it seems like it would be effective. I am a bit hesitant to lay out the money though, as it is nearly $500, without having more information. Could anyone here offer any advice? I have several Biblical Greek books that I have worked on some, as well as a few Attic books. I think a curriculum to follow would be handy though, as I find unguided self study difficult with Greek.
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Re: Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby Shirley Rollinson » December 28th, 2013, 6:53 pm

Jeremy Adams wrote:I am curious if anyone has used these resources?
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/
or
http://www.biblicalgreek.org/

I don't think formal classes are in the cards for me in the near future so I was considering doing the year long online course at the Biblical Greek Institute and using the books from The Biblical Language Center to supplement. I have not been able to find reviews of BGI's classes, but from the teacher's credentials and such it seems like it would be effective. I am a bit hesitant to lay out the money though, as it is nearly $500, without having more information. Could anyone here offer any advice? I have several Biblical Greek books that I have worked on some, as well as a few Attic books. I think a curriculum to follow would be handy though, as I find unguided self study difficult with Greek.

Dear Jeremy
you're welcome to try my online Greek course for free
It starts at
http://www.drshirley.org/gr201/index.html
and there's a textbook at
http://www.drshirley.org/greek/textbook01/contents.html

email me off list if you want to try it
rollinsondr@yahoo.com
Have a great New Year and read plenty Greek :-)
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Re: Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby MAubrey » December 28th, 2013, 7:19 pm

Jeremy Adams wrote:I am curious if anyone has used these resources?
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/
or
http://www.biblicalgreek.org/

I don't think formal classes are in the cards for me in the near future so I was considering doing the year long online course at the Biblical Greek Institute and using the books from The Biblical Language Center to supplement. I have not been able to find reviews of BGI's classes, but from the teacher's credentials and such it seems like it would be effective. I am a bit hesitant to lay out the money though, as it is nearly $500, without having more information. Could anyone here offer any advice? I have several Biblical Greek books that I have worked on some, as well as a few Attic books. I think a curriculum to follow would be handy though, as I find unguided self study difficult with Greek.

I can't speak to the Institute of Biblical Greek, but the Bible Language Center materials are excellent.
Mike Aubrey
Canada Institute of Linguistics & Trinity Western University Graduate School
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Re: Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby Philip Tollinga » December 29th, 2013, 9:53 am

Hi,

I have started IBG and enjoy it. The instructor, John Schwandt uses the Buthian pronunciation system, his own recordings of the textbook are available for download from the site. The textbook is Athenaze, a classical Greek textbook which is a lot of fun. The tests are done through Logos' National Biblical Greek exam. I have only sat in on the introductory online class from last semester, so I cannot comment on how the class is for learning, yet. Athenaze and the restored Koine recordings are fun to work with. This class is being taken after several years of self-study.

A note on self-study since little Greek 101 and B-Greek in 2005 were my first exposure, (Thanks Jonathon!) I continued to develop Greek according to the ad nauseums of Sir Carl, daily doses of B-Greek, and a reader's Bible. Those were the days of George Stomsel, Iver Larson, and Mark Lightman with lots of good answers to Newbie questions. I later bought Mounce's BBG and worked through it before testing out of first year Greek last summer. So with love for Greek and some prior language learning experience you can pick up a lot without a formal class. On the other hand, without a class it is easy to have blind spots, and focus on the things you like.

(a little context: I needed to have a certificate from a Greek class in order to get academic credit from the seminary for the class I tested out of- thus IBG).
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Re: Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby Ken M. Penner » December 29th, 2013, 3:05 pm

Buth and Schwandt are both reputable.
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Re: Institute of Biblical Greek and Biblical Language Center

Postby Jeremy Adams » January 5th, 2014, 2:57 am

Thanks for the input all! I have started working through Dr. Rollinson's on-line book and so far that has been very helpful. Lots of practice is better than just being given table after to table to memorize!

I would be curious to hear how things go as you progress through the course Philip. I would like to study Classical Greek as well at some point, but I have found Athenaze difficult to do on my own thus far so perhaps IBG would be helpful. If anyone else has input I'd be glad to hear it.
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