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. https://www.olivetree.com/
From within the app then purchase NA28th, found here,
and Frederick Danker's *Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament,* found here, https://www.olivetree.com/store/product.php?productid=17523
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. http://www.dsumc.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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."