Sunday, January 3, 2016

James Romm On Teaching Greek

There was an opinion column over at the New York Times day before yesterday. The title is "Beginning Greek, Again and Again." It was written by James Romm (James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics and Director of the Classical Studies Program) at Bard College in New York. Lots and lots to think about with this post. I'd encourage you to check it out, as well as the comments (278 total).

Here's just a snippet from Romm:
"Am I Professor de Breeze? The span of my teaching career is rapidly approaching his. Of the scores of students to whom I have taught Beginning Greek, only a small minority learned to read it with real comprehension, and of those, only a handful still do. What did I contribute to the others, except the most laborious eight credits they ever earned?"
Got your attention? Read the column here.


  1. If James had advocates like you and Dr. Black, I think more of his students would stick with it. This year my Bible reading plan includes reading through my Greek NT (2nd time) and reading the Torah in my BHS. I don't want to lose what I spend time and $$$ learning.

    1. Thank you for those kind words, Tom. It all starts with viewing Greek as a stewardship and understanding that "Greek, Hebrew, and Latin all have their proper place. But it is not at the head of the cross, where Pilate put them, but at the foot of the cross, in humble service to Christ," something Dave told us at least a million times. May your tribe increase, Tom! Wishing you the most profitable and blessed 2016, especially as you spend that time in the biblical languages.