Reading New Testament Greek for Beginners
What you'll learn
- How to derive authentic meaning from the Bible’s New Testament through a knowledge of Koine Greek
- The Koine Greek alphabet
- How to read and pronounce Koine Greek words
- Apply knowledge of the Greek language to Biblical word study
- Basic Bible knowledge
“All translations are interpretation!” That was the motto of my Greek teacher, which encouraged me to study New Testament Koine Greek with a sincere commitment.
Unfortunately, when we read the Gospel in English (or any other translation) we receive a theological understanding presented by the translators. Only by learning the original language (in addition to ancient customs) can we fully appreciate the subtle nuances and depth of meaning of the wonderful Gospel of Christ.
The beginner course makes memorizing the Greek alphabet easy so you can penetrate a deeper understanding of Greek words rather than trying to capture the ancient meaning with a modern English definition. You will also learn how to speak the Greek words aloud, which is part of learning to think in a different language.
You may be comfortable and experienced with conducting word studies. However, this course will help you penetrate the meaning of a Greek word not an English term or expression. Furthermore, we must remember that people at the time of Jesus did not have books as we do. Theirs was an oral society and they would have “heard” anything unusual, which would have led them to a deeper understanding. We must learn to think like the people at the time of Jesus.
Who this course is for:
- Students of the Bible with a desire to discover the deeper meaning in the New Testament
Dr. Anne Davis is a professor of Biblical Studies who enjoys working with graduate students to enhance their exegetical skills for exploring the depth of Scripture. She writes, "The passion of my life is searching the Scriptures for the infinite nature of God. I am always pursuing some biblical topic that catches by curiosity, like the little monkey Curious George. The resulting research invariably shapes my college lectures and ultimately leads to publication."
Current Career Activity: Executive Director of BibleInteract, Inc. • Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, NM. • Author, Lecturer, Speaker
Education: Ph.D., M.A. Trinity Southwest University • M.A. San Diego State University • B.A. Connecticut College
Sample Publications: “Israel’s Inheritance: Birthright of the Firstborn Son,” Chafer Seminary Journal 13/1 (2008): 79-94. • “Allegorically Speaking in Galatians 4:31-5:1,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 14/2 (2004): 161-174. • Numerous papers presented to the Society of Biblical Literature including “Divorce and the New Testament: Midrash in Matthew 19:3-12,” Paper presented at SBL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2006: "The Birth of Biblical Israel," Paper presented at SBL International Meeting, Capetown, South Africa, 2000.