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Posted: 3/15/16
Dr. Schwandt is currently on a sabbatical from offering Greek courses and reading groups. We are currently working on a way to offer the educational materials without the live component.


Why Study Greek?

As Christians we testify that our Holy Scriptures are our only rule of faith and the only foundation upon which we may construct a true education. All else is shifting sand. Unfortunately, many Christians only learn to read the Bible secondhand from varying translations. Our online classes offer a unique program to equip you to understand the New Testament firsthand, in the language in which it was written. Learning Biblical Greek will establish the solid foundation for your Christian education.

In addition to enabling Christians to read the actual words of the New Testament, learning Greek provides an essential element of a broader classical education. The Greek language of the classical age (roughly speaking, from Homer to Alexander the Great, or about the eighth to the fourth centuries B.C.) gave to western civilization the great myths, fables, plays, prose and poetic forms, philosophies, scientific and medical studies, political ideas, and histories which have informed our culture beyond calculation. Think of the Trojan War, the tragedy of Oedipus, Socrates' dialogues, Plato's philosophy, Aristotle's science, and Plutarch's biographies. The very similar Greek of the Hellenistic age (Alexander to Constantine, or about 330 B.C. to A.D. 330) was the language of an equally wide variety of literature, including especially the writings of the New Testament and Church fathers. Greek again became part of the common education in the western world from the Renaissance onward until less than a hundred years ago. A student of Greek will have direct access to the great literature of the ancient and early Christian world unimpeded by translations.

"I have become convinced that of all that human language has produced truly and simply beautiful, I knew nothing before I learned Greek...Without a knowledge of Greek there is no education." --Leo Tolstoy

"Learn Greek; it is the language of wisdom." --George Bernard Shaw

What makes the online classes unique is our commitment to impart the understanding of Greek through both conversation and composition. This method provides students with the best opportunity for fluency. Since active composition is a greater accomplishment than passive reading, after learning how to write, students find reading Greek enjoyable. Attaining the place where reading comes relatively quickly is the only way to ensure that this skill will benefit the students understanding of the Bible for years to come. Unfortunately, most Greek courses do not teach composition and hardly any teach conversation. As a result the majority of people who learn only to decipher the written Greek word find that skill too cumbersome to maintain and quickly forget the language. However, people who are able to read without having to look up every word and have a natural feel for verb forms, are blessed with a life skill of enjoying the nuances of the New Testament as it was written. By teaching student to dialogue in Greek, the Institute of Biblical Greek online classes endow students with natural parsing and vocabulary skills that come readily to mind when presented with the language. Of course, the online class also presents all of the basic grammar alongside of the dialogues and oral exercises. This basic grammar is primarily learned through composition exercises that enable students to enjoy quickly translating from Greek into English.

Online Classes

The Institute of Biblical Greek offers two online courses. The beginning course is a year long course starting at the end of September. The Intermediate Reading Group in ongoing and participants can come and go as they please.

The academic year consists of 30 sessions from September to May. Each session is a two hour web class with live audio and chat capabilities.

To ensure personal interaction and optimal web performance class sizes are limited.

  • Classes are filled on a first come basis.
  • The class tuition is only $450. This works out to $7.50 for each hour of class. (Compare this to the price of piano lessons.)
  • Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not delighted by the course within the first month you may withdraw with a full refund minus $50 (the included conference deposit.) (See details here)

The Intermediate Reading Group will begin at the end of September and with run indefinetly. The group is run on a subscription basis so users can participate whenever it is convenient. Members can come and go as they wish according to their schedule or the New Testament books that interest them.

  • Classes are filled on a first come basis you are welcome to sign up to secure your spot when the group begins.
  • The group subscription is only $25 each month.
  • If you are looking for professional guidance or advanced grammatical instruction as your read through your Greek New Testatment this class is perfect for you.

Get started learning Biblical Greek today! Email any questions you may have or call 1-800-445-2456. For more information on specific classes see the Beginning Web Class and Intermediate Web Class.

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