Teaching Philosophy

As I have grown in my own Greek studies, it has become apparent that not all Greek textbooks are alike. Some are simply too bulky and filled with unnecessary, while others present page after page of paradigms with little instruction on grasping the patterns behind them.  Some are simply old and lacking the best of recent scholarship.

That being said, there are a few overriding principles in how MyGreekStudies is written:

  • To streamline the learning process by only including information that truly matters.
  • To reduce rote memorization as much as possible by demonstrating the patterns behind the spelling and grammar presented in the lessons.
  • To keep terminology simple and use new terms only when necessary to grasp the subject at hand.
  • To present both sides of an issue when multiple theories of a particular bit of grammar are widely held among the typical Greek grammars.
  • To reference outside grammars and websites whenever possible, to provide additional support for the more eager among the students, while still not requiring such references for the lesson to be understood.
  • Above all, to present a clear, comprehensive, and orderly first-year Greek grammar, constantly expanded and made better by the input of all of us, whether student or expert.

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.