What would be a good source for getting the basic basics of the language?
Here are my Top Ten Textbooks, in the order that I encountered them.
1. J. Gresham Machen, New Testament Greek for Beginners (the best of it's type, simple, systematic, 100% inductive)
2. Paula Safire, Ancient Greek Alive (wonderfully entertaining stories)
3. Athenaze (excellent free audio available, interesting and easy extended readings introduced early on)
4. Frank Beetham, Reading Greek with Plato (he's the only guy who admits how hard Greek is. He spoon feeds you, but Plato, like cheesecake, tastes good when eaten with a spoon. He has an answer key.)
5. Schoder/Horrigan, A Reading Course in Homeric Greek (more complete and systematic than Pharr or Betham. First half has good made up exercises, then you read real, heavily annotated Homer)
6. Christophe Rico, Polis (best Greek audio ever. He teaches you to speak Greek.)
7. JACT (excellent adapted readings. The audio c.d. is great and not too expensive for what you get.)
8. Gerda Seligson, Greek for Reading (the only book that uses linguistic/grammatical analysis not to pin down the precise meaning of the Greek but to alert you to what makes reading Greek so hard. Lots of good and easy sentences to read.)
9. Assimil, Ancien Grec sans peine (living language but also covers the entire Greek grammar. The audio is pleasant.)
10. C.A.E. Luschnig, An Introduction to Ancient Greek, A Literary Approach (many more exercises than are found in most texts. She also teaches you some conversational stuff. I think she is a she.)
I feel that I am being compelled to learn Biblical Greek.
..but people have a way of messing things up,) within the Bible, therefore I feel that I should 'cut through the fog' and really study some Greek, the original language the Bible was written it.
Mark Lightman wrote:Joseph went on:..but people have a way of messing things up,) within the Bible, therefore I feel that I should 'cut through the fog' and really study some Greek, the original language the Bible was written it.
I feel...I need to point out...how do I want to say this? If you think people can mess things up with the English interpretation of the Bible, be expected to see even worse once Greek is brought up. I don't want to discourage you, but learning Greek is likely to INCREASE the fog. The best way to cut through the fog of what is an extremely ambiguous Greek text is to read as many English translations as possible.
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