The Beginning of My Greek Journey

I began this journey over a year ago but between the fact that my companions do not take the expedition as seriously as I do and the fact that my recent pregnancy was plagued with nightly migraines I have acquired very little understanding of the language. As of late I have begun moving forward on my own memorizing both vocabulary and grammar, as well as deepening my proficiency with English grammar as I am a product of California public schools.

I chose Basics of Biblical Greek because I only cared for the ability to read scripture and it seemed like the most efficient way to do so. I regret not using CAP’s Greek Alphabet Code Cracker first as I didn’t realize what a hang up the alphabet would be for me in the beginning. I hear it can be completed in a month. I use the free ANKI deck which is quite well done, as well as a Greek New Testament that I try to read from every day. Other supplemental materials I haven’t tried include a reader, audiobook, and audio vocabulary review. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics is supposedly an excellent follow up to BBG, but I have yet to hold it in my hands so I have no opinion. Mounce’s site is difficult to navigate at first but is a plethora of free resources.

 

Things unrelated to BBG that I haven’t tried:

Reading Koine (workbook, looks fantastic!)

The Potter’s School (Greek & Hebrew)

Greek 101 from TGC (a focus on Homeric Greek)

Athenaze 

A Reading Course in Homeric Greek (also not Koine, but deserves an honorable mention)

Free resources 1 & 2

 

‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came’

‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

 

-Author Unknown

 

The Need For A Creator

“The fact that we have a universe tells us that we need a creator. Because, you see, the universe has a beginning and therefore requires a cause. The energy in the universe has a beginning and therefore requires a cause. And people say, well ok fine, God made the universe, but then who made God? But you see, God is eternal. God doesn’t have a beginning and therefore doesn’t require a cause, and that may be a little hard to grasp, but there’s nothing irrational about an eternal being. Their is something irrational about something popping into existance from nothing, because that violates causality.” -Jason Lisle, God of Wonders

Isaiah & The Bible

Isaiah contains 66 chapters.

The Bible contains 66 books.

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The first 39 chapters of Isaiah are about Israel’s need for a savior.

The first 39 books in the Bible are about the world’s need for a savior.

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The last 27 chapters of Isaiah are about redemption for Israel.

The last 27 books in the Bible are about redemption for the world.

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There is approximately a 40 year gap between the first 39 chapters and the last 27 chapters of Isaiah.

There is approximately a 400 year gap between the first 39 books and the last 27 books of the Bible.