Preparing texts for study
Posted: November 15th, 2011, 9:02 am
How do you go about preparing a Greek text for personal study, reading groups, or teaching in a classroom? Are there examples of handouts or prepared texts that you can point to?
Hi, Jonathan,I have no idea how to bring "living Greek" into play in study of a text. Suggestions? I imagine at least reading the text out loud at the beginning would be important. Perhaps we could read it again once we're all confident on the vocabulary and grammar. Anything else you would suggest?
Does anyone out there participate in a group like this? What do you do?
I could imagine doing some of that.Mark Lightman wrote:Looking back, I really wished we had run the group differently. What we should have done is asked each other questions IN ANCIENT GREEK, about the Greek text, and answered the questions in Greek. I have since done this face to face, on the phone, through Skype, and via audio/video exchanges. I think this is a much more effective way to improve one's Greek skills. The questions tend to be very basic: We've been working through Mark. τί ἐστιν ἡ ἐργασία τοῦ Λευιν? τίνα ἐνόμισεν ὁ Πέτρος τὸν Ἰησοῦν εἶναι? τἰνα ἐξουσίαν ἔδωκεν ὁ Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς? You are not going to be fluent enough in Ancient Greek to get into any grammatical subtleties (no loss, from my perspective) but you are going to get practice after practice drilling the forms, and by active use of the vocab you are going to retain it. You can get into BASIC theology. τίνα σὺ λέγεις τὸν Ἰησοῦν εἶναι, ὦ Μᾶρκε?
Yes, it probably would. But what I found was that discussing in English the types of things you mention did not at all improve my ability to read or understand Greek. Those things may be interesting in their own right, but it depends on one's priority. If you goal is read NT Greek the way you would read English, your time is better spent, IMO, by a limited discussion in Greek instead of a more detailed discussion in English.But I wonder if that wouldn't significantly limit the scope of discussion - wouldn't our lack of fluency make it difficult to discuss the text in depth, point out parallelisms, make sure we all correctly understand grammatical constructions, discuss what we know about the character of a person from other texts, etc?