Helps for Duff's Chapter 1

These two sites might be of help as you learn to write the Greek letters. At this point the students should not concern themselves with the capital letters.


On the sounds of the letters please follow my lead (even if I differ from Duff). (PDF) (Word)

Here is a recording of the Prologue of John done by yours truly.

Here is the Greek of John 1 in Word, Pages and PDF.

Lastly, here is the simple overview of the History of the Greek Language which I would like everyone to memorize by the next class.

The assignment for the next meeting (focussing on Duff chap. 1) is,

Read foreword, preface, the aim of this book, how to use this book, the history of the Greek language, and totally and utterly master chapter 1.  

Practice writing the alphabet in regular (minuscule) script.  Do all of the practice exercises and all of the exercises.  Memorize the brief overview of the history of the Greek language found above.  Several times listen to John 1:1-18 in my recording even as you look at the Greek text.  Get where you can sound out the Greek of all of John 1 (handout) somewhat confidently.  Be able to say the alphabet in under 20 seconds.  Be ready to provide English example words which illustrate the Greek diphthongs.

Let the good times roll! Write me with any questions. I answer email religiously.

The Greek Alphabet

Dear All,

Job one is learning the Greek alphabet.  Please start memorizing the alphabet.  It will be important to have this well mastered in a very few weeks.  I have attached an mp3 of my pronunciation of the alphabet here,


Also, Bill Mounce is quite good on the alphabet and its sounds here,




Hill Country Greek (NT) - An Opportunity to Learn to Read the Greek Bible Fluently

General Description:  Beginning in September 2018, we will be offering a two-year course in Biblical Greek.  This course is offered without charge to the community of the Hill Country.  Those with an adequate facility with languages and the necessary preparation time can expect to achieve comfortable reading fluency in the Greek New Testament.  We will spend five months working carefully through Jeremy Duff's excellent Greek grammar.  After completing the grammar we will read the majority of the Greek New Testament together.  (Those completing the two-year course successfully and wanting to do more will be invited to join an ongoing Advanced Greek Reading Group which translates regularly from the Septuagint and some of the more difficult books of the NT.)

Required Books:  The Elements of New Testament Greek: 3rd (third) Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006), by Jeremy Duff (available through Amazon)

Upon the completion of the grammar everyone in the class will need a 28th edition of the Nestle/Aland Greek New Testament.  There are a variety of formats in which NA28th can be found, but it is highly recommended that the students do the following:

Download on a laptop, smart phone, or tablet Olivetree's Bible App.  This remarkable program is free.  You can find it here.

From within the app then purchase NA28th, found here,

and Frederick Danker's *Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament,* found here,

When/Where?:  The class will start on September 10th, 2018.  It will meet weekly (except on holidays) on Monday evenings from 5:15-6:45.  We will meet in room 106 of the extremely hospitable Dripping Springs United Methodist Church.

Who/Why?:  This class which has been an ongoing passion of its teacher for roughly 30 years now is designed to enable the highly-motivated student with no knowledge of the Greek language to attain comfortable reading fluency in Biblical Greek in a free, albeit demanding two-year course.  If you can't think of a number of reasons it might be wonderful to read these texts in their original language, then this course is not for you.  **Most students find that it takes between an hour and an hour and a half per day of intense study to keep up with the class.**

Teacher:  The course is taught by the Rev. Dr. R. William Dickson.  Bill (a proud graduate of UT, Austin) did his Th.M. (Greek New Testament) from Dallas Theological Seminary and then his Ph.D. (Greek Old Testament) from the University of Edinburgh.  He is retired from full-time Anglican ministry and recently with his wife (and their many cats) relocated to the Hill Country.  Although the course is fairly demanding, the teacher professes to be very patient and kind.  You can register by contacting Dr. Dickson at 512-648-1302 or better yet by email at .

Upon request Dr. Dickson will provide contact information for a number of recent students who can describe their own experience within the class.

ἀποκάλυψον τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς μου,
καὶ κατανοήσω τὰ θαυμάσιά σου ἐκ τοῦ νόμου σου. (Psalm 118:18 LXX)

"Uncover my eyes and I will perceive your marvels from your law."