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Introduce your older students to the study of biblical languages with this at-your-own-pace program. Focusing on "principles and pointers," not word lists and grammatical forms, Dobson's innovative teaching style and exercises will have beginning exegetes reading Gospel passages quickly---and much of the NT without using a dictionary by the end of the course! Includes audio CD-ROM of the lessons. 384 pages, hardcover from Baker.
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Review 1 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Excellent for beginning Greek

Date:April 21, 2013
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Randy A Brown
Location:TN
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Learn New Testament Greek by John Dobson is a complete course in beginning Greek. In contains 52 lessons that takes the beginner from an introduction to the language to translating the New Testament from Greek to English.
The book is divided into 52 lessons. Each lesson is around 4-7 pages and most conclude with a progress test. There is an answer key in the back so you can check your answers.
You can hear the Greek spoken for the first 21 lessons on the accompanying CD, read by John Dobson and Nicola Pinn. Although I think it would be better to have all of the lessons covered, hearing the first 21 lessons is enough to get you used to speaking Greek. The beginning tracks are very short and I recommend listening to them all for the first few weeks of your lessons.
The lessons start with the Greek alphabet. What I like about the way the alphabet is presented is the letters are shown in groups with English equivalents. This makes it easier to learn than just trying to remember a string of letter names in a sequence without really knowing what they are. The grouping shows you quickly how to pronounce the letters without even having to tell you. For example, for alpha and beta, it shows ba, and abba. Now you know how to recognize, read, and pronounce the first two Greek letters before you even learn their names. You are taught the alphabet by learning words. I like this because you learn the alphabet and some Greek words at the same time, and this make both much easier.
As soon as you’re done with the alphabet there are a few more words to get you used to reading them, and then you go straight on to reading John 1:1. By the time you get to this point (chapter 2) you’ve learned so much Greek that reading the New Testament is much easier (as long as you don’t skim through chapter 1).
The lessons are well written and very easy to follow. The lessons include words, phrases, grammar, translation rules, manuscripts, textual criticism, how the Greek text was influenced by Hebrew and Aramaic, and much more- all taught as they are needed within the lessons they are used in. When you complete the course you’ll be able to read the entire Greek New testament and translate it into English.
There is a lesson that covers how to use tools such as lexicons, how to read the Greek New Testament, translation, and even includes advice for preachers on how to use Greek in your sermons.
You will need a Greek New Testament to complete this course. This is a good thing, since the goal of learning New Testament Greek is to learn to read the New Testament in Greek. Fortunately, the Greek New Testament is available everywhere and is easy to get. You can read it online, get it for e-readers, it’s available for Bible apps, and you can get it in print form.
I highly recommend Learn New Testament Greek by John Dobson to anyone that wants to learn New Testament Greek quickly and easily. This course is well-suited for laymen, students, and preachers and teachers that want to incorporate Greek into their lessons and sermons.
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Baker Academic provided this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review- only an honest review. My opinions are my own.
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Review 2 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Good bookfor beginners

Date:December 12, 2012
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John Haselton
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I have found this book easy to use, and my Greek is doing very well. It is not a book for those who know Greek well but it is well suited for a beginner like myself. blessings John
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Review 3 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Greek made great!

Date:April 25, 2012
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David Hosking
Location:Goondah, NSW, Australia
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I didn't think I could learn Biblical Greek so fast, and I never thought it would be so fun. The lessons are really short and only take about 15 minutes each but allow you to pick up the language really fast. I've only just started the course and I'm already reading entire sentences in my Greek New Testament. Each lesson reveals something interesting about the Word of God and they're so light they would be a great part of a Bible study group or coffee club. Go to a whole new level in your relationship with God without a PhD.
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Review 4 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:September 1, 2010
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Rebecca Page
This book provides an excellent format for learning Greek. If, however, you believe that "every word of God is pure", don't buy this book. He encourages students to translate into their own words, and gives the precious Scripture less authority than I would a newspaper. I would return this book if I could.
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Review 5 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:February 3, 2009
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Paul Emery
This is a great book, and seems to really help as I'm attempting to learn New Testament Greek.If you follow the lessons it is amazing how quick you really are able to start getting an idea of how to translate from Greek to English.The lessons are very well organized, and the CD-Rom really does help as you are attempting to speak the Greek properly. This is a book I would greatly recommend to any person who has a busy life, but still wants the opportunity to learn New Testament Greek. Once I get through this book I will probably be getting Learning Hebrew as well.
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Review 6 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:September 29, 2008
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Michelle Saville
I am currently reading chapter 6 of this book. I find it to be very helpful in learning New Testament Greek. The book clearly states the Greek word and the translation and repeats information frequently - which is great for learning a new language.
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Review 7 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:March 12, 2008
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Anthony Maggs
I found this book extremely helpful -well designed and set out with clear explanations. In fact I would rate it the best ancient language grammar I have come across.
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Review 8 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:September 25, 2007
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David Richardson
This is an outstanding tool to learn New Testament Greek. I have taught koine Greek for over 5 years and I find this approach very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn New Testament Greek. This is a very helpful book.
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Review 9 for Learn New Testament Greek, Third Edition--Book and CD-ROM
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Date:July 11, 2005
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Mom of 8
I taught myself Greek in three months with this book after the birth of my third child. Looks like he just keeps improving it and has Hebrew now too! (Hooray!)Better than a college course if you want to be comfortable reading the NT.
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