Biblical Greek

Learning the Basics for the Glory of Jesus Christ


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Bill Mounce & The History of Basics of Biblical Greek

First, the Koinonia blog has posted a short interview with Bill Mounce telling about the authors who have impacted his life and ministry.

Basics of Biblical Greek

Also, Dr. Mounce posted a entry explaining the history behind his book that we use in our class. Here is an excerpt, but read the whole thing here.

I know this is a bit off topic, but someone asked the other day about the history behind my grammar and suggested that people might be curious. So for what it’s worth, here it is.

Rote memory has never been my strong suite. In high school I memorized tons of poetry and found it easy to do, but when it came to just individual words, well, I’m not wired that way. This made high school Latin especially difficult. What I discovered about myself, however, was that I like charts; and if I could lay things out visually in a way that made sense to me, paradigms and the such were much easier to learn. So I became the chart maker in Latin, and many of my fellow students adopted my charts in preference to our text.

I learn Greek at Western Kentucky University with a totally inductive text, reading the gospel of John. I enjoyed the exposure to the biblical text, but the lack of structure was the undoing of the class. Midway through the first semester we switched to Machen’s text and used both texts to get through the two semester class. And once again I started making charts.

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Mondays with Mounce

Hello Class! I’m excited to announce that Dr. Bill Mounce, the scholar who wrote our class textbook and workbook, has joined up with other scholars to do a daily weblog called Koinonia. And best of all, Bill is going a weekly article on Biblical Greek called “Mondays with Mounce.” The first week is up and it is a great post that really starts to deal with the reality of the Greek language and how it translates into our own language. Here is a link to that article. Below is a brief excerpt to entice you to read the whole thing:

“Does Greek help us make a decision? Well, only partially. Wouldn’t it be great if a knowledge of Greek made all the answers clear to us? It would make all the hours of learning the language seem more worthwhile. But as you will hear me say over and over again in this blog, grammar usually shows us the possible meanings, but it is context that determines which of the options is right for any particular passage.

True, by showing us the options, Greek grammar thereby limits possible meanings. There will be some possible meanings in English that simply lie outside the scope of what Greek allows. So in that sense grammar helps us interpret a passage. But for the most part grammar simply shows us the available options.”

I hope you will visit their blog each Monday and read his article as we continue to study New Testament Greek. It will be very helpful and it’s also going to help bring what we are studying in class down to a practical and very applicable level in how we understand Scripture in our own language.

Enjoy the reading and please let me know your questions or comments after you read his first article. 🙂