Welcome to the Greek portion of my website. You will find this page helpful if you want to maintain your Koine Greek from one or two years of previous study. You may also find this page helpful if you are a part of my weekly Greek reading group or tutoring. I have attached below the books and resources that I used to learn Koine Greek and to maintain it. Soon I will also attach links to the reading schedule of my reading group, the grammar and vocabulary notes I make for the people I read with, and a password protected page for the students I teach.
Daily Dose of Greek – This free resource provides you access to 2 minute videos uploaded daily which keep the principles of biblical Greek fresh. It also has a fairly deep backlog of these videos. Its Twitter account provides you with a Greek word of the day, and it even has a video lecture series for complete beginners. (Although not ideal, this free video series may be your best option to learn Koine Greek.)
If you are fortunate enough to have someone to instruct you in learning Greek, there is not a better beginner grammar than Croy’s A Primer of Biblical Greek. However, it is not very popular. In the case that your instructor uses a different grammar, it may be a useful one for independently reviewing concepts in a brief, yet comprehensive, fashion later on down the road.
Mounce’s Greek grammar for beginners is quite popular, but I personally find it to be far too cluttered and to follow a difficult trajectory in learning the language. It may suit some rather well, and it may be better for someone trying to learn mostly on their own.
For intermediate students, Wallace’s intermediate Greek grammar is superb. It doesn’t overstay its welcome. It provides you with the complexities and commonalities of New Testament Syntax. It makes a great resource when trying to decide how to translate a genitive or how a participle is functioning or for some other difficult grammar issue.
GREEK NEW TESTAMENTS
The essential Greek New Testament is the NA28. No other edition can challenge its scholarly work. I would not learn Greek without this being your edition. However, if you would like an edition that is easier on the eyes after some time with the NA28, the Tyndale Greek New Testament has a very nice, clean format. It has the odd downside of not displaying the books in canonical order (the order English New Testaments would have). Personally, I relied on the NA28 through my first two years of Greek, but for casually reading, I use the Tyndale Reader’s Edition which has the advantage of providing a gloss at the bottom of the page for words that are less common in the New Testament.
Non-New testament greek texts
Once you have spent a decent amount of time in the Greek New Testament, you may want to expand your Koine Greek horizons. There are several other non-New Testament texts within the Christian tradition that are written in Koine Greek. To begin with, the Hebrew Scripture (i.e., the TaNaK or Old Testament) was translated from its original languages (predominantly Hebrew) to Greek with the Jewish Apocrypha. This translation is called the Septuagint (or LXX). Therefore, the student of Koine Greek can read the entire Bible. The LXX includes quite a bit of vocabulary not found in the New Testament, so I recommend getting the two-volume reader’s edition.
Besides the LXX, you may also want to read the writings of the postapostolic period of the early church (c. 70-150 AD) known as the Apostolic Fathers. Like the LXX, these works contain a good deal of vocabulary from outside the New Testament. The best reader on the market is Alan Bandy’s A Greek Reader’s Apolostic Fathers. Bandy’s work contains a footnoted gloss for vocabulary that occurs less than thirty times in the New Testament! Other Greek texts of the Apostolic Fathers include an English translation mirrored on each page which makes it far too difficult to immerse oneself in the translation while still having quick access to much needed definitions. It also has the added bonus of placing each work in order of easiest to most difficult Greek. It is the perfect textbook for an advanced Greek course or an independent, intermediate Greek reader.
Greek reading group
Greek Reading Schedule.
Translation notes for John 1:1-14.