Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God

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Bible Study Greek (2nd edition)

Welcome to our Bible Study Greek class. For more information, see our landing page. All the free resources teachers and students will need are listed in the Orientation lesson below.

We have rearranged the vocabulary to evenly dispurse it over chapters 3 – 13. You can download the vocabulary list here (January, 2020).

The third edition of Greek for the Rest of Us will be available in September. The biggest changes are a significant reordering of the chapters and great homework. If you are using the second edition of the textbook or the videos, we strongly recommend that you attend the online class for the third edition, simply named Bible Study Greek. All development has ceased on this class, and all vocabulary and homework has been shifted to the new class. You will find that with the new order of classes and the homework, you will be able to learn and use Bible Greek much more effectively.

Click here to download a list of the chapter changes from the second to the third edition.

Lesson Completed

All resources needed for this class are listed in the new online class for the third edition.

1. The Greek Language

Bill will set Koine Greek in its historical position and, incidently, show that English does not come from Latin.

2. Alphabet & Transliteration

The natural starting point is the Greek alphabet. Transliteration is the process of representing a Greek word with the English alphabet. Most books refer to Greek words with their transliteration.

3. Pronunciation

The final step in this first stage is to learn to pronounce words. It helps to remove any initial fears you might have at learning Greek.

Let's Practice Reading

This chapter will help you practice your reading of Greek. There is no corresponding class in the textbook.

4. English Noun Inflection

In this chapter we are introduced to the concept of inflection, and specifically that of noun inflection.

5. Greek Noun Inflection

After the alphabet, inflection is what makes Greek the most different from English and hard for us to understand. Inflection just means that words change their form because of differences in meaning and function.

6. Prepositions

Prepositions are those little words that specify the relationship between two nouns. "The book is under the table." "The words went through her heart." What is different about Greek prepositions is that they control the case of their object.

Software (Optional)

A basic introduction to Bible software and what it can do.

Fonts (optional)

This is an optional discussion of how you can write Greek in the word processing documents. It covers both dedicated fonts like TekniaGreek and also unicode Greek fonts. It is not covered in the textbook.

7. English Verb Inflection

Now that we have a handle on noun inflection, it is time to turn to verbs, starting with English verbs.

8. Greek Verbs (Indicative)

Now let's learn how the Greek verb inflects. In this chapter we will focus on the indicative mood.

9. Greek Verbs (Nonindicative)

Now that you understand Greek inflection in the indicative, let's learn the other moods. We will also take a look at the middle voice.

10. Word Studies

The basics of how you do Greek word studies

Conclusion to Foundational Greek

Encouragement, and what's next?

11. Cases

Cases are much more flexible than you might assume from your studies so far. They are used in many situations other than what we have discussed. In the upcoming third edition, chapter 11 is being combined with chapter 27, and the exercises cover both chapters.

12. Pronouns

Pronouns are words that replace nouns, like "she" and "them." We will start with English personal pronouns and then move to Greek. In the upcoming third edition, this chapter is being combined with chapter 22, and the exercises cover both chapters.

13. Modifiers

Modifiers are ways we have of clarifying a word. In exegesis it is important to see what is the main thought and what clarifies that thought. The more common modifiers are the article "the," adjectives, prepositional phrases, and relative clauses. In the upcoming third edition, this chapter is being combined with chapters 23 and 24, and the exercises cover all three chapters.

14. Phrasing 101

Phrasing is one of, if not the most, amazing tool you will ever develop for your Bible study. It lays the passage out graphically and forces you to decide what are the main thoughts and how the other statements modify those main statements. We start by looking at 1 Peter 1:1–5 in the textbook, and 1 Timothy 2:1–7 is the screencast.

15. Verbal Aspect

This most important distinction between time and aspect is central to the meaning of verbs in Greek. It is the hardest thing there is to learn in this class, so let's hit it head on and learn.

16. Verbs (Voice)

It is time to get deeper into the voice system, especially the middle voice. We will also cover transitive and intransitive verbs.

17. Verbs (Tense)

Learning the five tenses in the indicative mood and the variations possible within each one.

18. Verbs (Moods)

In this chapter we will look at the nonindicative moods (subjunctive, imperative) as well as the infinitive.