Thursday, December 31, 2015

Eight Resolutions For Greek That You Can Make Starting Now

So it's that time of the year again. One of the big words you'll hear in the coming days is resolution. Who's made them, what they were, and whether they did what they set out to do? There's nothing wrong with setting goals, folks, especially those that make us better people. One goal I would love to see people make is to learn Greek and to start using it in their study of the New Testament. So how about eight resolutions for Greek that you can make starting now?
1. Carry your Greek New Testament (GNT) with you wherever you go. You don't have to know every single word in that New Testament in order to carry it around with you. When you get a moment, read and read aloud. You don't have to flaunt it either. You can carry your GNT discreetly. 
2. Read your New Testament every single day–from a translation(s) and your GNT. Make a commitment that if you read it in English, you're gonna read it in Greek.
3. Identify one lexical issue a week into which you can look further. Do a real word study, not a what's-one-lexicon-say-this-word-means-kind-of word study. 
4. Identify one syntactical issue a week into which you can look further. Start with the GNT and your translation(s) and move first to your Greek grammar, followed by some commentaries. Be able to summarize the issue, the options, and your conclusion based on the evidence you found in a couple of paragraphs. 
5. Start diagramming discourse units. Try and do one a week. Do it in English, and do it in Greek. See if your diagrams match up. Start by identifying finite ideas, and put subordinate ideas underneath those ideas they modify. Don't make them super-duper complex.
6. Memorize 10-20 vocab words a week. Jacob Cerone's Quizlet cards are still my go-to resource.  
7. Watch Rob Plummer's Daily Dose of Greek
8. Assess yourself. Are you being a good steward of your time and your study of God's Word?
You would be surprised just how much time there is in your day that you can redeem. Why not redeem some of that time for Greek? If you've studied Greek before and have sort of set it to the side, there's no better time to pick it back up. I'm not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but I've got a pretty strong feeling that your walk with the Lord will only get deeper. One of the ways that we can draw near to the Lord is to draw near to his Word. So . . . let's draw near to him.

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