Jonathan Robie wrote:
Thomas Dolhanty wrote:The project is to establish a community of brethren reading the Greek Bible together in Greek - and hopefully also, the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew at some point. There are lots of competing pressures, and no guarantee of ongoing support. Thus, visible success at this stage is almost more important than anything else. I think we have achieved that so far, which has allowed the next phase of the program to be put in place.
Can you say more about that? I have been running a Sunday School class where we study the text together in Greek (and only in Greek). I'd love to compare notes with anyone else doing something similar.
The program I teach for is a Bible School program primarily for lay people, in a church of +-5,000 adherents. Although we are not formally accredited, nor are we interested in seeking accreditation, students graduating from our program often receive credit for much of their work in other schools. Also, it is very normal for a class to include pastors, pastoral interns, missionaries on furlough, etc.
I teach a couple of courses there, but the languages have always been seen as beyond the scope of our mandate. Thus, in the past I taught Intro Hebrew to a small group, and I'm teaching Koine Greek to a group this year - under the aegis of the Church, but not as a formal part of the Bible School. Seeing the success of this year's Greek class (which includes a former elder), a decision was made to incorporate Koine Greek into our Bible School program, to recognize this year's class, and to add 2nd year next year. Because of the size of our Church, we serve students from many other churches in the area. When we started Greek this year, I think 5 different churches were represented in our small group.
it would be great to compare notes with you on what you're doing Jonathan, with whom (typical student), expected outcomes, and how it is going.