Ten techniques for keeping your knowledge of Greek fresh long after college.
Seminarians spend countless hours mastering biblical languages and learning how the knowledge of them illuminates the reading, understanding, and application of Scripture. But while excellent language acquisition resources abound, few really teach students how to maintain their use of Greek for the long term. Consequently, many pastors and other former Greek students find that under the pressures of work, ministry, preaching, and life, their hard-earned Greek skills begin to disappear.
Constantine Campbell has been counseling one-time Greek students for years, teaching them how to keep their language facility for the benefit of their ministry. In Keep Your Greek, he shows how following the right principles makes it possible for many to retain--and in some cases regain--their Greek language skills.
In Keep Your Greek, you will acquire strategies such as,
- How to wisely use Bible software tools so that you don't become dependent on them.
- How different methods of reading practices can assist your memory and keep you from becoming discouraged.
- How to make time to keep up on your language skills for the sake of your busy ministry.
Pastors will find Keep Your Greek an encouraging and practical guide to strengthening their Greek abilities. Current students will learn how to build skills that will serve them well once they complete their formal language instruction.
Loosing a skill or knowledge set is always discouraging, but with a little guidance, you can dust off your Greek and continue making linguistic insights a regular part of your study and teaching.
About the Author
Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Advances in the Study of Greek, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, Keep Your Greek, Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, and 1, 2 & 3 John in The Story of God Bible Commentary series. Con is a scholar, public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois with his wife and three children.
“Rightly does Campbell insist that Christian teachers and preachers need to keep their Greek going, and shrewdly does he spell out ways and means of doing that.” -- J.I. Packer
“Why hasn’t anybody ever written a little book like this before? First-year Greek students should read it. Exegesis students should read it. Preachers who have had a year or two of Greek should read it. And it’s so short and straightforward, the same person should read it in all three capacities. Do what Con Campbell says and you will keep your Greek. But don’t just believe him; read the exchanges from his blogsite which he includes that prove it!” -- Craig L. Blomberg, PhD
Part of a two-course series, Basics of Biblical Greek 1 will introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek, so you can begin studying the New Testament in its original language.
The second part of a two-course series, Basics of Biblical Greek 2 picks up where Basics of Biblical Greek 1 leaves off, digging deeper into the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek.