About this Site

Welcome! We’re here to help you learn Koine (that is, New Testament) Greek.  While there are many other sites on the web that have the same goal, most of these sites only have lists of books on the subject, a short or incomplete introduction to Greek, or a collection of more advanced essays on the language that go far beyond what beginning students can really use.

The goal of MyGreekStudies, then, is to do all of these things, but to do them well and in a comprehensive manner.  Our goal is to be truly unique on the internet, not only by introducing a free grammar of the highest quality, or by including a vocabulary flashcards program, or even by creating an entire workbook for the site, but by bringing all of these things together with a great community from students  and scholars alike across the globe.

Everything on this site is free; it is supported only by the sale of books in the “Other Resources” section and by the donations of users.  But you are under no obligation or pressure to do — MyGreekStudies exists for the purpose of spreading the knowledge and praise of God by teaching the Greek of the New Testament to those who would so desire, and that is enough; He will provide.

Getting Started

Welcome!  As you can see in the navigation bars on the left and top of this site, there are a few main areas to check out:

  • The “Textbook,” which you are currently reading, brings you through the language in a step-by-step manner.  As you can see in the left-hand navigation column, there are several main categories.  It is best to start at the top and go down from there.
  • The “Workbook,” shown at the top, is a collection of phrases and sentences, most directly from the New Testament but with additional examples from the Septuagint, Church Fathers, etc.  This is where you can really begin to put the textbook material into practice.
  • The “Review” section has two parts: first, it holds the flash-card section to review your vocabulary and paradigms (you’ll learn more about this later in the textbook); and second, a reference section containing all of the vocabulary and paradigms currently used on the site.
  • The “Other Resources” section, which will be constantly updated over time, is an organized collection of various Greek materials and other websites (e.g., other grammers, Greek New Testaments, lexicons, etc.).  These will become quite important as your studies on this site continue.
  • The “Forum” section, coming in the future, will be a place for the community of MyGreekStudies.com to come together and ask questions, make suggestions, and generally make learning Greek easier and more fun!
  • Finally, the “Contact Us” page gives you an easy place to get ahold of us in case you have comments, questions, etc.

 

A Brief History of Greek


Greek, like any other language, has a history of origins and transitions. The beginning of what we call Greek came around the 13th century BC. It then thrived in four distinct dialects, the most prominent of which (that is, Attic) came from Athens.

However, the conquests of Alexander the Great (around 330 BC) united the entire land under a single dialect, descended from Attic, that became known as Koine Greek (from the Greek word that means “common,” as you will soon learn). This version of Greek was simpler than the older version and functioned as the main language for the entire Greek empire.

Koine Greek, then, lasted until around 330 AD, at which point the language began to shift to a new form called Byzantine, from which the Greek spoken in our modern day has evolved.

While reading the rest of this chapter is unnecessary (and you may always come back later), you may certainly read on if this strikes a note of interest.