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For the Serious Starter in New Testament Greek

Welcome to the Ezra Project!  Whether you're gearing up to take a seminary Greek course or looking for ways to go deeper in your personal Bible study, this site is your personal resource.  Our goal is simple:  to help you take your first steps in New Testament Greek - and do it right!
    I have been introducing students to New Testament Greek since 1972, and it's my delight to take the mystery out of the language for men and women who want to become serious students of Scripture.
                             -- Dr. John Bechtle 

The Ezra Project:  First Stop for Greek Beginners.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Trilingual Resources: English/Greek/Spanish

A friend recently asked me if I knew of any resources for Spanish-speaking  students who wanted to work in the Greek New Testament.  I don't speak Spanish, even though I lived in Arizona for 39 years, but here are a few ideas:

Gramatica Griega: Sintaxis del Nuevo Testamento -- the Spanish version of Dan Wallace's excellent intermediate grammar, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (available on Amazon).

Introduccion al Griego de la Biblia (2 volumes), by Ediberto Lopez-Rodriquez (also on Amazon).

There is also a Web site that contains a Greek/Spanish lexicon:  www.dge.filol.csic.es/claros/cnc/cnc.htm.  This address is all in Spanish, but you can see a version with English introductory material at www.dge.filol.csic.es/claros/cnc/2cnc.htm.

Does anyone else know of good Greek resources for Spanish-speaking students?   Send your thoughts to info@ezraproject.com.

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Back on Line

If you have visited this site in the first few months of this year, you'll have noticed that there hasn't been much activity on the home page.  Why?  For a while, my life was simply going in too many directions at once, and I simply couldn't grab the time to maintain a steady presence on this page.

Later on, my Web service developed some technical problems that kept me from gaining access to the editing tools.  So I couldn't add anything new. 

Frankly, the technical problems are still problems, but I have found a way around them.  So I will be resuming my practice of publishing notices about useful resources, answers to questions, and other items that might be of interest to people who care about the Greek New Testament.

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Multilevel Greek - How deep do you want to go?

When people say they want to study New Testament Greek, they don't all have the same picture in mind.  You can investigate Greek at several levels.  Some are relatively simple; others require a larger investment of time and effort.  Here are the most common choices:

Level 1 – Exploring Word Meanings

           Goal:  To understand the meaning of a Greek word.

Guidelines for Word Study" - Basic steps in Greek word study

              "Word Study Resources" - Links to online word study tools [in development]

Level 2 – Understanding Grammar Concepts

          Goal:  To learn how Greek grammar works, so you know what aorist or subjunctive really means.

Grammar Basics" – an overview of Greek grammar

   "Glossary of Grammar Terms" [in development]

Level 3 – Translating the Greek Text 

         Goal:  To sit down with a Greek New Testament and lexicon and translate a New Testament verse for yourself

Greek Behind the Prof’s Back – a self-instructional workbook

Level 4+ - Mastery and Beyond                   
You can continue to grow in your grasp of Greek for the rest of your life, going deeper and deeper into the Word of God.  Once you have mastered the basic content of the language, you can delve into the endless list of books and electronic resources available to you.  The Ezra Project provides you with a launching pad for a lifetime of study.


When you decide to dig a little deeper into the meaning of a Bible word, you should know that there are:

        Two facts about words

        Two stages to word study

        Two methods for doing each stage

Two facts about words

First, words have more than one meaning.  Take a simple English word such as run.  It can be a verb that means "to get from one place to another by moving your legs quickly."  Or it can mean "to keep the engine of your car operating" (even if it's just idling in the driveway).  When your watch runs, the hands go around.  When the lawnmower runs, it cuts grass.  When a stream runs, water flows over rocks.  When your nose runs, you grab a tissue.  Run can also be a noun, whether it refers to a point scored in a baseball game or a torn place in a stocking. 


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