Biblical Greek

Biblical Greek

Beginning Greek I – The Greek Verb
Winter 2022 – 7-8:30 p.m. (except Feb. 7, March 7 – 7:30-9 p.m.)
Jan. 24-March 28 (No class Feb. 14, 21)
In person at Wai ‘alae Baptist Church

Beginning Greek I – Intro to Nouns and Adjectives
Spring 2022 – 7-8:30 p.m.
April 11- June 6  (No class May 23, 30)
In person at Wai ‘alae Baptist Church

Online via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 884 8511 1334   Passcode: 123050


God chose to reveal Himself in the New Testament in Greek. A better understanding of Greek can help lead to a better understanding of God’s revelation. However, New Testament Greek has developed a reputation for being a very difficult or overly complex language. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Americans are largely mono-lingual and think other languages are variations of English.
  • Very few people understand the grammar of the language(s) that they can speak.
  • NT Greek has not been taught as a language, but more as a puzzle that needs to be solved to get to the “real” language.
  • People have unrealistic expectations regarding how soon they can learn Greek

In this course, we will try to overcome these by:

  • Learning Greek as a language
  • Understanding more about how English and other languages work
  • Taking our time

This will be a very slow approach to learning Greek – one that will step by step help students learn not just Greek, but how Greek works. Every language has commonalities, and every language has unique characteristics. Students often get lost or overwhelmed when they too soon have to memorize a lot of information about a language, but they do not know how the information is connected. We will always keep in mind there is a bigger system while taking a long look at different details.

In this course, we will use 1 John 1. This course will focus on the basics of Greek verbs. In most sentences, the verb controls the rest of the sentence. We will look at how Greek verbs are formed and how to recognize the different parts and what they mean. Understanding this will help us take a big step toward reading and translating NT Greek.


Beginning Greek I – The Greek Verb

Jan. 24 7 p.m. Introduction to the NT Greek Verb
• Introduction to the course
• Introduction to verbs
• Introduction to the Greek verb

Session 1 Handout: PDF   MS Word


Jan. 31 7 p.m. How the Greek Verb Is Formed
• How English verbs are formed
• How Greek verbs are formed

Session 2 Handout: PDF       MS Word


Feb. 7 7:30 p.m. Greek Tenses
• What is verb tense
• How English verbs indicate tense
• How Greek verbs indicate tense

Session 3 Handout: PDF       MS Word


Feb. 28 7 p.m. Greek Voice
• What is verb voice
• How English verbs indicate voice
• How Greek verbs indicate voice

Session 4 Handout: PDF       MS Word


March 7 7:30 p.m. Greek Person and Number
• What is verb person and number
• How English verbs indicate person and number
• How Greek verbs indicate person and number

Session 5 Handout: PDF       MS Word


March 14 7 p.m. Greek Mood
• What is verbal mood
• How English verbs indicate mood
• How Greek verbs indicate mood

Session 6 Handout: PDF     MS Word


March 21 7 p.m. Putting It All Together
• Recognizing the parts of a verb
• Reading and translating parts of a verb

Session 7 Handout: PDF     MS Word


March 28 8 p.m. The Verb: Key to Unlocking
• How the Greek verb unlocks the sentence
• The questions the Greek verb raises
• How to answer the questions – What to learn next

Session 8 Handout: PDF     MS Word


Beginning Greek I – Intro to Nouns and Adjectives

April 11 7 p.m. An Introduction to Nouns and Adjectives   
• Introduction to the course
• Introduction to nouns and adjectives
• Introduction to Greek nouns and adjectives
• Greek articles

Session 1 Handout: PDF     MS Word

April 18 7 p.m. How Greek Nouns and Adjectives Are Formed
• Stems and endings
• Three declensions

Session 2 Handout: PDF     MS Word


April 26 7:30 p.m. Nominative and Vocative Cases
• Uses of the nominative and vocative
• Nominative and vocative endings
• Practice with the nominative and vocative

Session 3 Handout: PDF     MS Word


May 2 7:30 p.m. Accusatives
• Uses of the accusative
• Accusative endings
• Practice with the accusative, nominative, and vocative

Session 4 Handout: PDF     MS Word


May 9 7 p.m. Datives
• Uses of the dative
• Dative endings
• Practice with the dative, accusative, nominative, and vocative

Session 5 Handout: PDF     MS Word


May 16 7 p.m. Genetive
• Uses of the genitive
• Genitive endings
• Practice with the genitive, dative, accusative, nominative, and vocative

Session 6 Handout: PDF     MS Word