Four Steps to Master a Greek Grammar

“The widening breach between the minister and his Greek Testament may be traced to two principal causes. The modern minister objects to his Greek New Testament or is indifferent to it, first, because he is becoming less interested in his Greek, and second, because he is becoming less interested in his New Testament.”

—J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937)

Do you want to learn Greek and read God’s Word in the original language, particularly the New Testament? Pick up a Greek grammar (Beginning with NT Greek, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, or any Greek grammar) and follow these steps recommended by Dr. Burling from Master Biblical Language.

  1. Learn the vocabulary. This is a must. You need to learn the words to read the language!
  2. Learn the paradigm. Master the charts of morphology, and use your senses! Review. Review. Review!
  3. Practice Parsing. Use a parsing app. MasterGreek is a great free tool to start. You can also use Danny Zacharias’ parseGreek.
  4. Translate. A habit must be established in doing this. Answer all the translation exercises on your chosen Greek grammar. Then, go to your Greek New Testament if possible, and translate it. Begin with 1 John.

All of these stages are vital. You may be tempted to skip one, particularly # 2. But just do it and you’ll reap your reward when you read the New Testament Greek. Press on! Watch the video below for more details.


ὅτι ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα· αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. ~ ΠΡΟΣ ΡΟΜΑΙΟΥΣ 11:36

Published by Jeff Chavez

Sinner saved by grace

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