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Posted: 2/17/14
The 2014 Online Beginning Greek Class (evenings) has just started. This Thursday we begin with the first chapter of the textbook. There still are some spots open and you can still sign up. Click here for more information and to sign up.

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Recommended Greek Texts and Learning Tools

There are so many Biblical Greek (Koine) texts, references, and learning tools that simply trying to find the right books to get started has become a major task. No matter what your level of experience, your goals, or your preferred learning methods, this site seeks to provide a quick and easy reference to the most recognized and helpful Biblical Greek resources in print. You can start looking at texts by selecting a category from the sidebar on the left.

Even though the focus of this site is Biblical Greek, important Classical and Modern Greek texts have been included in some of the lists. If you know of a helpful text that I have overlooked please let me know.

Simply use the sidebar to see the recommended books.

Some frequently asked questions:

How should I start my personal Biblical Greek library?
How do I choose a Greek New Testament?
Which Beginning Greek Grammar is right for me?
What should I do after I finish a beginning Greek textbook?
Where can I find reference materials (e.g., dictionaries) and learning aids (e.g., parsing tools)?

Question:

How should I start my personal Biblical Greek library?

Answer: The Essential Library III links in the sidebar outline what texts I think are necessary for students of Greek. If you need to begin or improve your library on a limited budget, these categories can give you some direction.

Question: How do I choose a Greek New Testament?

Answer: The Greek New Testaments link in the side bar displays a comprehensive list of Greek New Testaments including parallel translations and interlinears. Each entry has a brief description so you can decide which Greek New Testament is right for you.

Question: Which Beginning Greek Grammar is right for me?

Answer: This is perhaps the most common question in Biblical Greek education. There is an amazing number of beginning Greek grammars and primers. There is also no shortage of conflicting passionate opinions concerning which is the best and which is the worst. The Beginning Grammars link in the sidebar displays a comprehensive list of current beginning grammars in print. They have brief descriptions and links to any supporting texts or answer keys. The sheer number of available texts should give the impression that there are many ways to learn the language. For this reason I recommend using more than one. Don't get stressed out or overwhelmed by attempting to find the perfect grammar. Instead, get two or three that sound like a good complements and work through them together. It is quite helpful to learn aspects of grammar presented in slightly different ways. Most importantly, just get started. You won't learn any Greek simply by shopping for the perfect text book. So dive in!

Question: What should I do after I finish a beginning Greek textbook?

Answer: It is amazing to me how there are so few intermediate texts compared to the abundance of beginning primers. It is quite common for students to find themselves in an educational no-man's-land after learning the basics but not feeling comfortable enough to read the Greek New Testament on their own. Thankfully there have been several texts recently published to help fill this gap. Many are designed to keep students sharp over a summer vacation; others are simply New Testament readers with helps for difficult points of grammar and introductions to intermediate and advanced grammar. The sidebar link, Intermediate Grammars, has a descriptive list of these types of books. If you are planning to begin working through the New Testament it is best find a small group who is doing the same thing to provide accountability and guidance through difficult passages. The Institute of Biblical Greek has an online reading group that meets once a week to work through the New Testament chapter by chapter with the assistance of a Biblical Greek professor. There is no long term financial commitment. You are welcome to use it for as long as you find it helpful. You can find out more about it in the Online Classes section of the site. Of course even if you are in any intermediate course it is helpful to buy an intermediate reader text for the course (even if it isn't required). Intermediate readers are also listed in the Intermediate Grammars area of the site.

Question: Where can I find reference materials (e.g., dictionaries) and learning aids (e.g., parsing tools)?

Answer: The sidebar link Reference Texts will take you to a comprehensive list of in print lexicons, dictionaries, reference grammars, learning aids, and pronunciation resources. All resources have a brief description to help you decide which will suit your current needs.



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