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Greetings from Sunny Southeast Texas

Postby MJPhillips » December 22nd, 2012, 5:52 pm

My name is Matthew Phillips. My professor was Carlton Winbery when he was at Louisiana College in the 1990's, so I have been studying/reading Biblical Greek for over 15 years.

My wife and I live in Galveston, TX where she is currently a pediatric resident at UTMB. In fact, we both met at L.C. and both took Dr. Winbery for Greek classes, though, her professional interests have trended in a different direction than mine. I'm working on my M.A. through American Public University studying Ancient and Classical History.

I am looking forward to the discussions.
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Re: Greetings from Sunny Southeast Texas

Postby Louis L Sorenson » January 6th, 2013, 12:07 am

Matt,

Welcome to B-Greek. Could you tell us more about your experience as a student under Carlton Winbery?
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Re: Greetings from Sunny Southeast Texas

Postby MJPhillips » January 6th, 2013, 2:08 am

Louis L Sorenson wrote:Matt,

Welcome to B-Greek. Could you tell us more about your experience as a student under Carlton Winbery?


How does one begin to describe Dr. Winbery's class?

Well, the way he taught us not only simplified and made it more understandable, but made it so that, even though more than 15 years have passed, my grasp of Greek is much better and sharper than my grasp of Hebrew. (I minored in Biblical Languages at Louisiana College.)

Not only was he super-effective at making learning Koine, when I asked him question during or after class he was able to clearly and concisely explain the answer to me. The depth of his knowledge of Koine astounded me and every time I saw him read from the GNT in class I found myself thinking, "I want to be like that someday." His knowledge, command, and passion for Koine is beyond infectious and I've been very grateful that I had the opportunity to study under him those many years ago. Since then, I made sure to get my hands on copies of his and Dr. Brooks' morphology and syntax books. The syntax book has been one of my best friends over the years and I still refer to it for refresher information on the essential changes within the language.

(Interstingly, my father took Dr. Winbery for some courses at the New Orleans Seminary back in the 80's. So, two generations in my family have benefited from Dr. Winbery's classes.)
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