Jason Hare wrote:Eduardo Ortega wrote:Many times I thought about studying Greek (and if everything goes right, later Hebrew).
When? First I'll have to figure how to do it.
What do you recommend to start? books? a teacher? a course?
I didn't see much advertising about "study koine Greek" here, LOL
At this point, there is discussion all over the forum on the best grammars for beginning to learn Greek, for continued study, for precision and reference, etc. There is also discussion about learning to use ancient Greek as a spoken language.
If you're interested in starting up a study online, you can check out Textkit's Greek and Latin Forum. They often have people who get together for online studies by email or on the forum. There is also the GreekStudy list for the same thing.
I would encourage you to study Attic Greek as a starting point. Once you've got the sense of Attic (the language of ancient Athens), you'll be able to read the New Testament without any real problem at all.
If you would like specific resources, we can provide you with links to specific threads here on B-Greek for discussion of the various grammars available (free and otherwise), with their various pros and cons.
I can help you with Hebrew connections whenever you're ready for that. I live in Israel and actually teach Hebrew over the Internet to Americans.
What could be the point to learn ancient Greek as a spoken language? Perhaps I should go to those threads to ask this question.
If I go to Greece I would need to speak modern Greek. I only suppose it useful to talk to the first century people in Jesus second coming.