Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

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Stuckiml
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Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

Post by Stuckiml » October 15th, 2018, 1:33 am

As one aid among many to help me internalize the core (i.e. most commonly used) Ancient Greek morphology and syntax, I thought I'd try to memorize an extended passage that represents this core. I'm wondering if John chapters 1-6 or Iliad book I would serve this purpose well. I'd be interested and grateful to hear any recommendations. Best Regards.
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Post by Barry Hofstetter » October 16th, 2018, 8:30 am

An extraordinarily helpful exercise that doesn't get enough press. Practically any passage from any ancient text of the length you are suggesting will be helpful. I think it might be good to do somewhat shorter passages from several authors. That way you get a broader range of styles...
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Re: Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

Post by Jonathan Robie » October 16th, 2018, 2:13 pm

And pick passages of the kind of Greek you want to read. If you want to read the New Testament, and don't particularly want to read Homer, then Homer is less helpful.
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Re: Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

Post by Stuckiml » October 16th, 2018, 7:20 pm

Thank you both for your thoughtful and encouraging replies! I'm going to focus on the first six chapters of John. My scheme is to repeatedly listen to Randall Buth's fine reading of it and to write out a verse each day on a 3x5 index card that I carry around with me and think on throughout the day.
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Post by Shirley Rollinson » October 17th, 2018, 8:04 pm

Also, you could add Matthew 6:9-13, Matt. 5:3-12, or some of the hymns from Revelation, eg Rev. 15:3-4
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Post by Devenios Doulenios » October 18th, 2018, 9:04 am

I also encourage you to dip your toe(s) into the Septuagint. You could memorize some favorite Psalm, e.g., Psa. 23 (22 in the Greek order), some of Proverbs, or passages from Genesis (e.g., the creation accounts in Gen. 1-2).

Whichever passage you start with, you are about to embark on a great adventure! Don't lose sight of that and don't let the need to learn some "nuts and bolts" discourage you.

All the best, and God bless!

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Re: Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

Post by Stuckiml » October 18th, 2018, 9:19 am

Shirley, Devenios: many thanks! I feel like a kid at his birthday party having fine friends bringing precious gifts, treasures new and old. God bless you! Please, any others, feel free to add to my list!
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Re: Extended Greek Passage to Memorize

Post by daveburt » October 18th, 2018, 10:30 pm

I'd second the Psalms and also suggest the rest of Matthew 5-7; Romans 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 13; 15:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11; Exodus 20:1-21.

Audio for the whole Greek Bible (modern pronunciation, ancient text, quite fast) is available here: http://listen.bible.is/GRKEPT/Matt/5
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