It is a well accepted maxim that faithful and accurate interpretation of the New Testament requires knowledge of its original language, Koine Greek. Entire passages and their meanings can hang on merely one little letter–a seemingly innocent variable whose importance nonetheless may dictate the shape, structure, and expression of entire doctrines.
But not everyone has time to become a Greek scholar or even to undertake a formal one-year course of intensive study. There is no question that learning Greek will expand your depth of biblical your understanding and knowledge of the NT in profound ways, and this reality makes the pursuit worth your time.
I’ve selected two resources that will help non-formal students get started on learning Greek in accessible and comfortable ways.
Both products are the labor of William Mounce author of the world’s most famous Greek text book Basics of Biblical Greek, now in its third edition.
This nifty resource is excellent for visually and/or interactive oriented learners. It enables you to teach groups or individuals enough Greek to use the language in their Bible study without requiring them to be able to read the language. It is word heavy, but grammar light and contains a basic introduction to the major elements of the language. Users of Strong’s various concordances will find the lessons directly compatible with their Bible study experience.
The Biblical Greek Primer includes 9 hours of video lectures and screen casts. Each lesson has a video lecture where Mounce explains the Greek in approachable, comfortable ways.
For those who learn best from books, alone, or for those with a quality Greek instructor in their church Greek for the Rest of Us may be the correct choice for your study. Similar in many ways to the Biblical Greek Primer, this book also focuses on words and on grammar as necessary. Basic grammatical concepts are covered, but the clear aim is to better equip students to study word meanings and for discernment in choosing translations. This is also a great tool for those who may have taken the Biblical Greek Primer course but want to obtain a resource that will allow them to maintain their knowledge of the laguage.