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"Greek Week" webinar

(Garth D. Wiebe, Dec. 12-16, 2016, A.T. Robertson reference added Dec. 2017)

On Dec. 12-16, 2016, I held a webinar that I entitled "Greek Week," a repeat of a live seminar done in March at JGLM headquarters in Texas for onsite DBI, which was at the request of Curry and Anthony. This is a fifteen-hour "lay" webinar that I devised to "kickstart" people in learning how to read the original Koine Greek texts. The only pre-requisite and memorization requirement for this is the Greek alphabet. My approach is very different than that of seminary academia. I first describe my lack of academic credentials and formal training as an object lesson to say, "If I can do it, so can you."*  Then, I review Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and English language and translation history. Then, I review English grammar. Then, I similarly cover Koine Greek grammar. Then, I introduce many online and computer tools available for research and analysis, as I cover a number of particular examples of translation issues that understanding the original Greek resolves, focusing on some hand-picked, troublesome scriptures that are sometimes misread to create sacred cow doctrines. All of these select examples are covered in my written articles, but in the webinar I focus on the mechanics of how to work the tools to research and analyze them. I demonstrate tools that work on the various computing platforms: Microsoft Windows desktop, Apple OS X desktop, Apple iOS devices, and Android devices.

Here's the PDF of the slides used in the webinar (obscured to foil search engine robots):

(No, you can't click on it. You'll need to manually type it into your browser's location bar.)

You must memorize the Greek alphabet, shown on slide 50. You will not need to memorize anything else.

(Note: Clicking on the YouTube icon in any of the following embedded videos brings the video up in YouTube.)

Session 1 of 5 (3 hours):

Session 2 of 5 (3 hours):

Session 3 of 5 (3 hours):

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Session 5 of 5 (3 hours):


Subsequent to the webinar, I found (May, 2018) an excellent and simpler resource to access the LSJ (classical Greek dictionary). The online version has references hyperlinked to the Perseus classical library. (However, it is the 9th ed. 1940 LSJ without the 1996 "Supplement")

Online:

http://philolog.us/
Apple iOS:
Search "philolog.us" (LSJ) on Apple iOS App Store or, from a web browser:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/philolog.us/id622324932?mt=8

Android:
Search "philolog.us" (LSJ) on Google Play Store or, from a web browser:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.philolog.philologus&hl=en

Subsequent to the above, I found (Sept. 2018) a really nice web-based app for parsing the original text:
http://www.biblewebapp.com/study/ and
http://www.biblewebapp.com/reader/
*Scholars questioning any of my few instances of non-standard Koine Greek grammatical assertions that are contrary to the status quo, and requiring scholarly, credentialed academic verification, can refer to Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research (PDF, 52 MB) by A.T. Robertson, which is conveniently accessible online in digitized form and also in the public domain. That work further references an immense collection of other scholarly works, too many for even that author to exhaustively list in his bibliography, which is 21 pages long. For a more thorough and detailed treatment of the aorist problem, see ERRANT AORIST INTERPRETERS, an article by Charles R. Smith in the Grace Theological Journal 2.2 (Fall 1981), p. 205-226.

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