Monday, December 14, 2009

Greek Still Stuns Me

I do not claim to be a New Testament Greek scholar. I'm not even close. However, I can read the basics. I'm very thankful for the apostle John because his Greek writing is simpler than that of Matthew, Mark, Paul, James, Peter, Jude, and especially Luke. Some of John's statements, despite being simple in Greek structure, are absolutely profound. I continue to be stunned by the Greek of passages such as John 1:1-5 (see below). It does not take years of instruction for someone to learn the basics of Greek and enjoy passages like this one. Therefore, it is my hope that churches will increasingly begin to teach NT Greek to all people. I hope this happens at our church within the next year.

1 εν αρχη ην ο λογος και ο λογος ην προς τον θεον και θεος ην ο λογος

2
ουτος ην εν αρχη προς τον θεον

3 παντα δι αυτου εγενετο και χωρις αυτου εγενετο ουδε εν ο γεγονεν

4 εν αυτω ζωη ην και η ζωη ην το φως των ανθρωπων

5 και το φως εν τη σκοτια φαινει και η σκοτια αυτο ου κατελαβεν

6 comments:

Alan Knox said...

Eric,

That's awesome! I'm working on an idea (method) of teaching Greek which will help people who already know some Greek learn more, and will help people who do not know anything about Greek start to learn. Now... I just need time. Maybe I'm spending my time on the wrong things now.

-Alan

Eric said...

Alan,

I want to see what you develop when you complete it.

Wouldn't it be great if local churches began teaching Greek on a regular basis (with the goal being not just knowledge but life change)?

Alan Knox said...

Eric,

Yes... but not just Greek... also Hebrew and Theology and Church History etc. As Dr. Nelson always told me (paraphrasing), "If the church was actually teaching and equipping believers, then seminaries would not be necessary."

-Alan

Eric said...

Alan,

I agree. It would be nice to see churches team together in this. I wonder if they would be willing to cooperate enough to make it happen.

michaeldebusk said...

Eric,

I've spent the past year working through Dr. Black's beginning grammar on Tuesday mornings with a guy in our church. We meet at a coffee shop early when its quiet and I bring a whiteboard and marker. I've found a one-on-one tutorial method to be very effective, particularly in how it helps us to really keep the focus on discipleship/life change. Our Greek study, though the main part, is still just a part of what we do; in addition to sharing how God has been working in our lives the past week, tackling a difficult theological question, and spending time in prayer together. Some mornings we don't even get to the lesson! I'm interested to hear updates of what you all put together.

Eric said...

Mike,

Your situation sounds like an excellent one. I love the tie-in between Greek and sanctification.

As for us, I'm in the very early stages of this but I certainly hope it happens. I'll blog about it as we move along.