A Course in the Hebrew & Greek Language 2
By Chris Engelsma
This is a brief introduction to Greek and Hebrew from a teacher in seminary of these languages.
This module represents my Hebrew and Greek courses which I teach. Here is what you can expect to find:
First, an immersive language experience where you study the grammar and syntax by actually analyzing texts. Each lesson is an analysis of a text. In Hebrew, the texts are completely random; in Greek, the texts all come from the gospel of John. The advantage of this method is that common grammatical forms are learned well; less common forms are learned less well. This greatly cuts down on the amount of rote memorization which the student has to perform. The lesson notes in the Hebrew course are all in the textbook. Unfortunately, this text is not cheap. If you’re low on funds, look for a first edition. The lesson notes in Greek were written by myself. The texts in the Greek course are simply used as reference works. All of these lesson notes are setup like wikipedia. Every concept or grammatical term is a link which further explains the concept. This facilitates the study of these notes since if you know the term, you can simply move along. If you don’t, you stop and learn it.
Second, in the Greek course, you will learn to use MBG. See an intro to this amazing book here: https://vimeo.com/al…video/116302804 This is one of the key bragging points of this course. This book enables even a novice Greek student to analyze the morphology of every single word in the NT. It has a steep learning curve; but if you work your way through this course, you will gain the use of this tool.
Third, you will also learn to analyze the syntax of a sentence via sentence diagramming. There is no better way to learn syntax than to diagram sentences. The reason you learn grammar is so you can understand syntax, and the reason you learn syntax is so you can do exegesis. Syntax is the most important part of exegesis. See more here: https://courses.prts.edu/diagram/
Fourth, all the assignments for this course are available. The Greek assignments are included as part of the module. The Hebrew assignments I will send upon request. Eventually, I would like to input the Hebrew assignments as well, but that’s a lot of work, and I didn’t want to delay this any further.
Finally, the lesson notes mentioned above form the backbone of the course I teach here at PRTS. If you want access to the entire course (quizzes, assignments, etc.), you can do so freely. Just create an account here.
Do be aware that there are undoubtedly errors, typos, etc. in these pages. If you would take the time to point these out to me, I would be most grateful. You can always contact me here. I hope to continue to review this module and to work these kind of errors out of the module. I’ll post updates as I am able.
I look forward to seeing how this works as a method for delivering theological education to distance students.
Blessings on your study,
Other Works on Greek
- A Grammar of New Testament Greek Vol. 1: Prolegomena
- Engelsma – A Course in the Hebrew & Greek Language 2
|Date:||September 12, 2019|