Foundational Greek

Welcome to our Foundational Greek class (formerly, the Biblical Greek Primer). In these lectures you will learn enough Greek to be able to:

  • understand the information displayed by a Strong's Bible; 
  • do real Greek word studies, all without memorizing vocabulary and paradigms; 
  • go deeper in your Bible study by using better dictionaries, encyclopedias, and especially commentaries.

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Class Orientation

Orientation to the class on the Biblical Greek Primer using Accordance.

1. Why Learn a Little Greek

In this welcome to the class, Bill surveys the material he will cover and his goals for the class. In the textbook, Chapter 1 is on the history of the Greek language.

2. Alphabet & Transliteration

The natural starting point in 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.

In the DVD, transliterations are Chapter 5.

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.

Reading (optional)

This is an optional chapter so you can practice your reading of Greek.

4. 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.

5. Noun inflection

The concept of inflection, both nouns and verbs, was covered in chapter 4. Now it is time to look at some more specifics of noun inflection. We will pick up with verb inflection in chapter 7.

Greek noun inflection is covered in chapter 5 in the textbook. It is chapter 12 in the video series.

6. Prepositions No
Software (optional) No
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 No
8. Verbs (indicative)

We have seen bits and pieces of the Greek verbal system, but now it is time to learn more, and especially to learning about "parsing." You will learn enough to understand the information in a Strong's Bible when it says something like ἠγάπησεν is a third person singular, aorist active indicative of αγαπαω meaning "he loved."

In the textbook, verb inflection is covered in chapters 7–9.

9. Verbs (nonindicative) No
10. Word Studies

The basics of how you do Greek word studies


Encouragement, and what's next?