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Where and When are classes held?
New Testament Greek for New Testament Christians classes are held at Four Winds Community Nursing Facility, between Jackson and Wellston, OH. Classes are held on Monday nights, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
There will be an organizational meeting, for those who are close enough to drive, on Monday, October 2nd at 7 pm at Four Winds Community Nursing Home, to answer questions, explain how the classes will be conducted, show some of the materials that will be used in class, and order GNTs (Greek New Testaments) for those who do not have online ordering capabilities. The first actual class will begin Monday, October 9th at 7 pm at Four Winds . The lesson, vocabulary and word study materials you see on the site now are actual lesson materials, meant to give interested participants an idea of what to expect from this class.
Can anyone attend these classes?
Yes. These classes are primarily intended for lay people who desire to study God’s Word on a deeper level. But clergy, seminarians or other persons who have already had some exposure to New Testament Greek are welcome to come and refresh their knowledge as well.
Please NOTE: learning another language is always difficult, especially one which has non-Roman letters and alphabet. Therefore it is very important that all (local) participants plan to attend the first session(s) if at all possible, either the organizational meeting (October 2nd) or the first actual class (October 9th). We will be building our knowledge of NT Greek in incremental fashion, and missing early classes would make it very difficult to catch up.
Are there any costs associated with this class?
There is no charge for this class.
However, we encourage all participants to purchase their own copy of the 28th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament (GNT), if possible (see 4(γ) below), so that they can mark text as we go along in this class. If cost is an issue people from the same church or couples may prefer to share a GNT rather than purchase them individually. That’s perfectly OK, although sharing a GNT will interfere a bit with each participant’s ability to markup certain textual passages. For those persons who already own an older edition of the Nestle-Aland text, those are perfectly suitable for this class — the primary difference between the 28th edition and older editions will be in the critical apparatus.
If any participants wish to purchase additional aids to learning Greek, such as grammars, dictionaries, interlinears, lexicons, vocabularies, and similar aids that is entirely up to them; no such additional purchases are required or even recommended. I will bring examples of some of these additional learning aids to class from time to time so that participants may see what is available.
Study guides and lesson materials will be posted online following each class. For those who do not have Internet access we will need to find a reasonable cost-effective way to print those materials for these persons. I’m open to suggestions.
What materials do I need to bring to class?
(α) Participants should bring a college-ruled notebook(s) and #2 PENCILS for the purpose of writing Greek letters and words (pens too if you want them for taking notes, but we will practice writing Greek in pencil only). From the Greek alphabet, to whole words, to entire phrases and sentences we will be practicing writing Greek a lot as an effective learning adjunct to merely memorizing Greek.
(β) Participants should also bring their favorite Bible translation. ESV or NASB is recommended as being closest to the original Greek, but participants may bring any version they prefer. We will be jumping back-and-forth between the GNT and English translations of the NT quite frequently, especially once we get into the principles of exegesis.
(γ) Each participant is encouraged to purchase their own copy of the 28th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament: Novum Testamentum Graece With Dictionary, ($45.84 on Amazon.com). You can order your copy of the text directly from the link above if you wish. If someone does not have Internet access or prefers not to make online purchases they can simply attend the first organizational session and we will gather those orders together in one lump and have someone place an order for them. For those with vision problems the same text is available in a Large Print Edition.
(δ) If you prefer not to purchase your own GNT (Greek New Testament) there are a number of online GNT sites you can use instead, including:
Academic-Bible.com (same text as our printed version)
Bible Hub Interlinear
The Online Greek Bible
Online Greek Interlinear Bible
Greek NT Gateway (listing of resources)
Bible Web App
The Interlinear Bible, Hebrew-Greek
iBiblio: Reading Greek (list of resources)
Greek-English Interlinear Bible
The Study Bible
How long will each class last?
Each class will last one hour only. Classes are from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday nights.
What happens at each class?
After an opening prayer we will quickly review the previous lesson and answer any questions about the previous lesson — approximately 5-10 minutes. Next we will learn new words for the week, 10 new words each week, and practice writing them and their definitions (hence the college-ruled notebook) — approximately 10 minutes. Next we will learn the new material for this week — approximately 30 minutes. And finally we will do a word study together — about 10 minutes. Then close with prayer.
What happens if I miss a class?
Each week’s lesson will be posted on this website under the Lessons Page after the class (to encourage attendance and participation). If you must miss a class then you can review the material on this website. Additionally we will try to post podcasts and videos of each class if time and resources permit.
Will there be any tests?
No! You’re not learning NT Greek to please me. The Lord may have an opinion, however. Check with Him.
Will there be an initial organizational meeting?
Yes. Prior to the first real class we will invite everyone to gather for an informal meet-and-greet, and so that I can answer any questions you may have and/or take GNT orders for any who need assistance. Also, I will bring a variety of GNTs, Greek grammars and so on for participants to view — sort of an appetizer, so to speak.
What if I want to participate in this class but live too far away to drive?
We will try to videotape each class and post both a video of each class and a podcast as well. Currently we are trying to find someone local who has video-graphic experience who would be willing to take on this role.
Plus, the lesson, vocabulary and word study from each week will be posted on this website after each class, so you can always follow along.
It would be helpful if you have an interest in such remote learning if you could drop me a note to that effect via the Contact page, so that I can prepare lessons accordingly.
Who is the instructor?
Jerry Massie is the instructor for this class. A former EUB (Evangelical United Brethren), pastor, Bible teacher, and organist, Jerry was very blessed to have attended both Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary, where NT Greek was pounded into him by less-than-theological means.
I very much look forward to sharing the language of the New Testament with each of you. See you in class soon!
σπούδασον σεαυτὸν , δόκιμον παραστῆσαι τῷ Θεῷ , ἐργάτην ἀνεπαίσχυντον
ὀρθοτομοῦντα τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας ; (2 Timothy 2:15)