by Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle, and Robert Plummer
The authors of this textbook are on a lifetime journey to read, study, and teach the Greek New Testament (GNT). We hope you will join us. Below are a few suggestions to help make this journey a success:
- Read the GNT as part of your daily devotions. Don’t be afraid to use the digital tools or reading helps mentioned above. Some Christians will be able to read a chapter of Greek every day; others could aim for five to ten verses. Some daily readers of the GNT like to overlap with the previous day’s reading to help solidify unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Include Greek study in your weekly ministerial preparations. Whether preparing for a Sunday School lesson, exposition of a text in a denominational newspaper, or a sermon, the pastor should make study of the GNT a regular part of his teaching preparations. When study of the GNT is incorporated into both your private devotions and formal ministry preparations, you have a good chance of faithfully journeying in the GNT for the rest of your life.
- Take a “Greek retreat” once or twice a year in which you read longer sections of the GNT, a technical Greek resource, or a Greek grammar. The Greek retreat need not last more than a day. If you want to get up to speed on recent debates and developments in New Testament Greek scholarship, take a weekend to read Con Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament.
- Consider what elements of accountability and self-discipline may be applied to incorporate study of the GNT into your life. For example, consider the following suggestions:
Do not eat breakfast until you have done your daily devotional reading in the GNT.
On a sermon preparation day, do not check your phone or email until you have completed a pre-set amount of time in the text of the GNT.
Formalize a Greek accountability relationship with a fellow pastor who wishes to journey for a lifetime in the GNT. Clarify expectations, goals, and how those matters will be reported to your accountability partner. Have repercussions for failing to meet your goals—buying an expensive Greek resource for your accountability partner, for example!
Take (or audit) an online or intensive Greek exegesis course at a seminary or college. If you live near a college or seminary campus, choose an upper-level elective book study and preach through that book as you sit in the class.
Sign up for the free daily two-minute Greek screencast at www.DailyDoseOfGreek.com. In each daily video, Rob Plummer reads, translates, and comments on one verse from the GNT.
5. Teach Greek. One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. Teach Greek to your children, at a local Christian school, or at a Christian college or seminary. You can also volunteer to tutor Greek students in different settings. Create YouTube videos of yourself teaching Greek. Perhaps no one will watch them, but you will know the material better!
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Going Deeper with New Testament Greek.
“Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is the best intermediate Greek textbook I have ever used in over twenty-five years of teaching Greek, primarily because it was written by and designed for those of us who labor in the classroom. . . .”
—J. Scott Duvall, professor of New Testament and J. C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies, Ouachita Baptist University
“. . . The book is a ‘one-stop shop’ so that everything students need to know in a second-year Greek course is contained here.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, professor of biblical theology, and associate dean of the school of theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Going Deeper provides the teacher and student an intermediate grammar designed for their specific needs. While it can function as a reference grammar, it works best as a book to be read from cover to cover.”
—William Mounce, president, BiblicalTraining.org
“Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is certain to become a standard among intermediate Greek grammars. . . . It is up to date, built for the classroom, and aimed at careful exegesis of the Greek New Testament. While I differ on some points, it is my first choice for the classroom.”
—Constantine R. Campbell, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
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