Is Carl right? Are there really so few people who are proficient in ancient Greek?THIS IS RIGHT AT THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM, I THINK. We have a dwindling group -- 100-200-300?+ people who are really proficient in ancient Greek in the world. I have no idea what the actual number might be. But the seminaries, by and large, have given up the effort. Secular colleges and university Departments of Classics are doing a better job of producing new scholars in ancient Greek than the seminaries and denominational colleges, by and large, but the secular Departments are suffering attrition too. I honestly believe that NT Biblical Scholarship is dependent increasingly upon two or three handfuls of competent Greek scholars who write the commentaries that others are dependent on -- and the give-away evidence is the fact that these commentaries always offer an English translation of the Greek text under discussion -- if they offer the Greek text at all; the commentators don't really expect the ultimate reader to be able to judge the underlying validity of the analysis of the Greek text. That's sad, but I'm afraid it's true.
Can B-Greek be helpful to this small group? What do they need to interact with each other fruitfully? Are they likely to use online forums like this?
Can B-Greek be helpful to the small group people who would like to become part of this group over time? If so, how? Do we need to be careful about how we relate to true beginners in order to make room for this to happen? That's one of the ideas behind the Beginner's Forum.
Would it be interesting to have "fishbowl" discussions among experts from this group, threads that are open only to invited members, so we can listen in on their conversations without pretending that we're all on equal footing?