My brother Andrew is currently instructor of Biblical Greek at Sattler College, Boston. He also teaches a local Biblical Greek class, and I’m thrilled to have him sharing a bit about Greek here on my blog! Let’s see what he has to say…
In my early years, Greek was just another subject I did in home school. I mostly enjoyed it, but as I grew older I allowed it to slip to the back burner as merely something I knew I should be keeping up with. But later on, I returned to Greek, and it slowly grew into a real passion. By now I can say that learning and teaching the language of the New Testament has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life.
Let me be clear. Studying Greek (or Hebrew for that matter) doesn’t answer all the questions I have about the Bible. In fact, at times it even introduces more questions that would have never occurred to me from just reading the text in English.
So why study Greek? After all, we have several excellent English translations of the Bible. But the truth is that learned men who translated our English Bibles were forced to answer numerous interpretive questions in one way or another. Almost Every verse of the New Testament could be brought into English in a number of good ways, but they had to choose just one. By studying Greek, we can see the set of options for ourselves. We may not be able to make better choices than the translators, but we can see the choices they made. It gives us the chance to take a step closer to the Bible, by experiencing the New Testament in its original form.
So where can you get started? My colleague Joseph Neill and I are beginning a new round of Greek classes again this winter. We intentionally teach Greek as a language, not just a set of rules to remember. This makes the class engaging and even fun, as you listen to stories and have real life dialogues with teachers and fellow students. If you’re interested and want to know more details, you can find that here.
τὰ ῥήματα ἃ ἐγὼ λελάληκα ὑμῖν πνεῦμά ἐστιν καὶ ζωή ἐστιν.
“The words that I have spoken to you–they are spirit and life.”