Teaching and Learning Greek


Here's what you will find on this page:

Pedagogy: Classical Approaches
Pedagogy: Living Language Approaches
Pedagogy: Task-Based Approaches
Pedagogy: Greek and Music
Pedagogy: Vocabulary Acquisition
Classes that Use Learn to Read New Testament Greek
Other Classes
Drills, Quizzes, and Exams


Pedagogy: Classical Approaches

Holmstedt, Robert. "Biblical Hebrew Pedagogy" Presentation
This is Robert Holmstedt's presentation at the 2012 annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting for a panel of the Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages Group. The question for the panel was “Where Do We Set the Bar in Biblical Language Training?" Yes, the essay is about Hebrew, but its implications include teaching Koine Greek.
King, Charles. "The Method of Teaching New Testament Greek"
This article, written by Charles King, was published in Liberty's Christian Perspectives in Education. The author discusses the why and how of teaching/learning New Testament Greek, and he gives a glimpse into his own methodology and his perceived results.
MacNair, Ian M. "Learning New Testament Greek at a Distance"
This article appeared in Vox Evangelica. In it Ian M. MacNair discusses learning New Testament Greek and offers some advice for how to do it most effectively, such as working towards recognition instead of memorization.
Thiessen, Henry Clarence. "Should New Testament Greek Be Required...?"
In this article, published in 1934, Henry C. Thiessen asks and answers the question about whether seminaries should make training in the Greek language optional.  

Pedagogy: Living Language Approaches

Biblical Langauge Center
This is an entire website devoted to the Living Language approach to learning the biblical languages. They offer demos, seminars, etc. (The curriculum is available for a fee.) This PDF, Biblical Language Center on Pronunciation, discusses the history, reasons for, and principles behind the pronunciation of the Greek language used in their instruction.
Elpenor Pronunciation Links
This page has a few links to various resources concerning the pronunciation of the Greek language. 
Gruber-Miller, John. Annotated Bibliography on Teaching Greek and Latin
This bibliography does not claim to be exhaustive, but is intended as a starting point for language teachers who wish to explore specific topics about teaching Greek and Latin in more depth. The works listed below are selected because they are good introductions to the topic, are accessible, and/or include practical activities for classroom use.
Halcomb, Michael. TED Talk: "Silent No More: Resurrecting Dead Languages"
In this TED talk, Michael Halcomb discusses his experience with learning to speak koine Greek. "While learning to speak a modern language can be quite challenging, gaining fluency in an ancient tongue may be even more difficult. This talk addresses why resurrecting dead languages is a valuable endeavor and how we can make it happen." You can view it on his blog as well.
Nitz, Paul. Koine Communicative Resources.
Over on the B-Greek forum, Paul Nitz posted a link to a file of Koine Communicative Resources. The resources aim to assist teachers and learners who use living language approaches to Greek. The large online spreadsheet includes a Koine Phrasebook with classroom language (blackboard, pen, ball), a Koine Core vocabulary list for NT Greek teaching, and a list of all the forms of common Verbs a teacher will use in classroom communication.
Polis: The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities
Founded by Christopher Rico, this institute teaches the ancient "dead languages" by total immersion. Located near Jerusalem, it is attended by people of various mother tongues who learn to communicate through ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin. You can find out more about their method, as well as utilize some of their free resources, at this site.
 Songs and Hymns in Koine
If any of you have been in worship service and started translating a hymn or worship song into Greek, then you will certainly enjoy this site. Many worship songs have been translated for you and are set to the original tune.
Streett, Daniel R. "What Does it Mean to Read Greek?"
Streett gives a very helpful challenge to the traditional way of teaching Greek, and advocates for a living languages approach. It is the first of a three-part blog series. See also part 2 and part 3.
Streett, Daniel R. 2010 SBL Presentation
Daniel R. Streett's presentation on teaching/learning Greek through communication, “Is Biblical Greek Oral-Aural Pedagogy Worthwhile?," is available here. It was presented to the Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages Group, 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Pedagogy: Task-Based Approaches

Sanders, Carl E. "Biblical Language Instruction by the Book: Rethinking the Status Quaestionis"
Sanders argues that a task-based approach that is built around the exegetical tasks is better than both traditional grammar-translation approaches and living language approaches. He argues that it is potentially more effective at equipping pastors and teachers with the skills that pastors use on regular basis. The link leads to a description of the article. [SEBTS students can access the article online through the library's GoSearch database.]
Sanders, Carl E., and Thomas Hudgins. The Naked Bible Podcast Interview regarding Task-Based Approaches to Greek Teaching.
This is an interview with Dr. Michael Heiser of Faithlife in which Sanders and Hudgins advocate for a task-based approach to biblical language instruction.

Pedagogy: Greek and Music

Berding, Ken. Greek Class Sing-Along
Ken Berding's Greek class at Biola University sings the New Testament Greek paradigms.
Berding Ken. Interview on Greek and Music
Ken Berding answers the question "Why did I put Greek grammar to music?" in this Zondervan interview.

Pedagogy: Vocabulary Acquisition

Decker, Rodney. Weekly Vocab List
This document contains all of the words that occur 50 times or more in the GNT (328 words). They are sorted by chapter corresponding to Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek.
Decker, Rodney. Intermediate Vocab List
This document contains all of the words that occur 27 times or more in the Greek NT (just over 500 words), sorted by frequency.
Trenchard, Warren C. The Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament
This book, for sale at Amazon.com, is a helpful resource for vocabulary study. It lists the Greek vocabulary according to cognate groups as well as according to frequency, lists the principle parts of verbs, the names of people and places, etc.
Wilson, Mark. "Greek Vocabulary Acquisition Using Semantic Domains"
Mark Wilson discusses another way to learn, and hopefully master, New Testament Greek vocabulary by learning vocabulary in clusters of words that are semantically related.

Classes that Use Learn to Read New Testament Greek

Abidan Shah
Dr. Shah's NT Greek Lessons.
Christopher Boyd White's Greek 102
White's Greek videos are uploaded to YouTube.
Daily Dose of Greek: Learn Biblical Greek
Dr. Rob Plummer from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has a website called "Daily Dose of Greek" which aims to help people keep their Greek. This link is to his "Learn Greek" page, on which you can learn Greek "from scratch" or review fundamentals with twenty-six "Learn Greek" video lectures, which are keyed to my Learn to Read New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. (When you follow the link to his site, you have to scroll down to see the individual videos.) There's now an iphone app as well!
Dave Black’s Greek DVDs
The 24 DVD set features me teaching New Testament Greek following my introductory Greek grammar. The classes were taught in English even though they were recorded before a live audience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Jacob Cerone's Greek Course
Jacob Cerone, one of my Greek students, taught through my book Learn to Read New Testament Greek. He has posted the video lectures from each class along with video tutorials, handouts, and "homework."
Jared Henson's Online Instruction
Jared gives online instruction in the Biblical Languages. He has previously taught Hebrew and Aramaic, and is now beginning a Koine Greek section.

Other Classes

Bill Mounce’s Video Lectures
You can now purchase Bill Mounce's video lectures as he teaches through his Greek Grammar. It has been updated to follow the latest (4th) edition of his grammar, but it is compatible with previous editions as well."
Digital Greek at LSU
This is LSU's beginning Greek class, which went digital! They call it "Ancient Greek for Everyone." All the lessons (in .pdf or Power Point format) will be posted here, and everyone is welcome to use them.  
George Lovell's Introductory Greek
This is a collection of lessons for New Testament Greek collected by a professor at Meadville Theological School of Pennsylvania. The collection, made available for free on iTtunes, includes 80 short lessons.
Karen Mohs' website is aimed at introducing Greek, especially to children. This provides an enjoyable means of learning the alphabet and picking up some vocabulary. 
Hellenic American Union Podcast
This is a modern Greek podcast, entirely in Greek, with 80 episodes and transcripts for each one. The episodes include short dialogues which have a lot of vocabulary in them and there are also some lessons about life in Greece in general. 
Jeff A. Jenkins Greek Course
Curtisincorinth has added Jenkin's Greek classes to his YouTube page. Most of the videos are less than 10 minutes.
Jeff Smelser's Greek Courses
This page (text and audio only) contains three Greek courses, including lessons, assignments, and tests. The courses use Hewitt's New Testament Greek (rev. ed.). No font is required since it uses Unicode.
Jim West's Elementary Greek
This page (text only) contains 31 lessons of introductory Greek grammar. Please note that SPIonic font is necessary to properly view the Greek.
John Pappas' BibleGreekVPOD
This is the homepage of John Pappas' Greek course. His materials are available here, but the video courses are accessed through ITunes.  
Learn Greek Free
D. Eric Williams has provided lessons and supplemental material for learning New Testament Greek at this website.
Learn Greek Free YouTube
D. Eric Williams offers these New Testament Greek videos.
Lorin Cranford's Greek 101
The entire course (text only) is available online, including syllabus, assignments, etc.  
Michael Burer's Elements of Greek I
This course, using Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, is offered by DTS on iTunes free.
Michael Burer's Elements of Greek II
This course, using Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek, is offered by DTS on iTunes free. 
Robert Plummer's Greek Course
Dr. Rob Plummer teaches through his and Dr. Benjamin Merkle's new book Beginning With New Testament Greek in a series of 24 videos.
Ron Friedrich's Deaf Pah! Greek
This course is designed for hearing-impaired students of New Testament Greek. The course is designed using Moh's Hey Andrew! series and features supplementary materials online, such as the sign language alphabet chart (very cool!), flash cards with hand signals, etc.  
Stephen Ku's Overview of Biblical Greek
Ku provides four videos with PowerPoint images for his introductory Greek grammar course. The class is taught in a local church, and it is simultaneously translated into Mandarin. The main link (above) is for the first video in the series. For the remaining three videos, click here: Video 2, Video 3, Video 4.  
Ted Hildebrandt's Mastering New Testament Greek Textbook
Ted Hildebrandt's Greek textbook can be found here for free in .pdf format.
Ted Hildebrandt's Greek Videos
Hildebrandt has made these Greek videos available online for free. There are 28 units and they can easily supplement whatever aspect of beginning Greek grammar a student is studying or reviewing.  The mp3's can be dowloaded here, as well as recordings of vocabulary for the Mastering New Testament Greek textbook and readings of 1John.
Whitacre's Greek Videos
"Rodney A. Whitacre, author of Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek (Baker Academic, 2015), reviews key concepts of Greek morphology and sentence mapping." You can also find some videos here where he leads you on a "brief guided tour" through a couple of Greek passages.


Trivium Pursuit's Books about Biblical and Classical Greek
This site has a number of resources for homeschooling Greek. The following resources can be found there:
Bluedorn's A Greek Alphabetarion: This is a primer for how to read, write, and pronounce Ancient & Biblical Greek.
Bluedorn's Greek Alphabet Banner: This is a banner featuring the entire Greek alphabet that can be displayed on a classroom wall.
Bluedorn's Greek Alphabet Flash Cards: Each card has on one side one Greek letter (lower-case and upper-case) followed by its correct pronunciation on the reverse side. These correspond to A Greek Alphabetarion.
Bluedorn's A Greek Hupogrammon: Though the lessons in this copybook can be used without any accompanying text, they are designed to correspond with the more extensive textbook, A Greek Alphabetarion.
Bluedorn's Homeschool Greek (Vol. 1): This is a self-contained Greek course written by Harvey Bluedorn for students ages thirteen and up. The Volume I course, “Mostly Nouns and Such,” consists of a 310-page, plastic comb-bound textbook, a 65-page Greek reader, vocabulary cards, and three audio tapes. This grammar does not begin with the alphabet and pronunciation.
Bluedorn's Little Baby Learn Greek: Using 27 original illustrations, writer/illustrator Johannah Bluedorn offers a pictorial lesson in learning the Greek alphabet. Each Greek letter is introduced on a separate page of the board book. The sound of each letter is taught with an English guide word and a corresponding picture.
Bluedorn's A Review of English Grammar: This book shows the relationship between Greek and English grammar.
Gibbs' Adjective Piggy Bank Game
Match Greek adjectives to their English translation and collect coins.  
Karen Mohs' web-site is aimed at introducing Greek, especially to children. This provides an enjoyable means of learning the alphabet and picking up some vocabulary. Her Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek (Grades 1-8) introduction to New Testament Greek begins with The Reader, which uses a picture book style format and catchy rhymes to teach the Greek alphabet. After The Reader, Karen Mohs' materials (Levels 1-8) correspond to the grade level of children. Each level has the following materials available like: Reader, Workbook, Answer Key, Quizzes/Exams, Flashcards, Pronunciation CD (or tape), Music, and bookmarks. Her Super, le Grec! is Greek grammar material for French-speaking children. Currently only two levels are available.
Friedrich's Deaf Pah! Greek
This course is designed for hearing-impaired students of New Testament Greek. The course is designed using Moh's Hey Andrew! series and features supplementary materials online, such as the sign language alphabet chart (very cool!), flash cards with hand signals, etc. 
Harry Foundalis' Greek Handwriting
Learn how to write all the Greek letters with this helpful illustrations, showing starting and end points. 
Marcos' "Leveled" Readings from the GNT
Marcos has a thread on the TextKit forum where he is taking passages from the NT and changing words with few to no appearances in the NT for words that occur 50+ times so that children can practice Greek from the New Testament. 
Mounce's Kids' Greek
Bill Mounce and Ed Taylor have developed a Greek resource for teaching biblical Greek to children from grades 3 through 8. This website is dedicated to teaching students how to study the Bible better. Not only will students learn the alphabet, verbs, nouns, etc., they will also learn how to use Greek dictionaries and concordances.
Perrin's Greek for Children
Classical Academic Press has published Greek for Children Primer A by Christopher Perrin. It is comprised of thirty-two chapters, to be completed one per week. Each chapter will begin with a memory page, presenting the chant and vocabulary for the week’s lesson. Grammar lessons are presented at the student’s level on the grammar page, and each chapter includes a worksheet and a quiz. An answer key for exercises, flash card tool, and audio recordings are available at this site. Be sure to see all of the related products available. A sample DVD of the Greek curriculum is available here.  
Perrin's Greek for Children Alphabet Song
This alphabet song is a supplement to Classical Academic Press' Greek for Children Primer A by Christopher Perrin.  
Rozalowsky's "Will You Teach Your Kids the Languages?"
Andrew Rozalowsky discusses his train of thought for teaching the biblical languages to children. 
Schoder and Horrigan's A Reading Course in Homeric Greek Book I
Using Homer's Odyssey in this beginning Greek grammar, daily lessons are arranged so every word, form, and rule in the day's selection is learned beforehand. The book also includes various aspects of ancient history, Greek culture, art, sculpture, architecture, democracy, and the dawn of Western Civilization highlight humanistic values.
Schoder and Horrigan's A Reading Course in Homeric Greek Book II
Using Homer's Iliad, each lesson is a passage consisting of ten to twenty-five lines of text. Each lesson also includes a memorization list of frequently found words, thematic commentary in shaded boxes, and expanded and revised grammatical notes. The text also includes a Greek-English vocabulary list, an appendix of a summary of grammar, and an appendix on reading Homer rhythmically. 
The Little Greek
A frequent poster on B-Greek forum, Jonathan Robie, provides this Greek website on learning Greek and helpful resources. His online Greek textbook (in progress) is found here
Where Are Your Keys? Techniques
Some on the Internet have recommended this website and philosophy for teaching children Classical Greek.

Drills, Quizzes, and Exams

Gibbs' Adjective Piggy Bank Game
Match Greek adjectives to their English translation and collect coins.
Master Greek
"Master Greek" is a parsing app designed by Dr. Paul Hoskins (Associate Professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and his wife. It allows you to practice your parsing.
Vassar, Murray. Parsing Practice over 1 John
Murray Vasser from Asbury Theological Seminary has designed this tool to help students practice parsing on 1 John (Jonah and Galatians are coming soon). It gives you instant feedback without giving away the answer all at once. Perfect for students who have finished basic Greek and starting to read the Greek NT.