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Learning New Testament Greek

In February of 1999 I reported to Watchman readers an internet site which taught New Testament Greek. While the site seems to be well designed, it is hosted by a sectarian organization which teaches error regarding the Scheme of Redemption.

Recently, brother Jeff Smelser wrote me to inform me of a site he hosts which teaches New Testament Greek. The site can be used without registering, or an individual can pay a tuition, and get personal instruction. The site seems to be well-designed, and comes highly recommended. Notice the following reviews:

  • From Dr. Mark Goodacre, professor at University of Birmingham in England...

    Excellent on-line introductory Greek course. Currently this site features nine chapters to take students through roughly the first third of a first year course, with lucid explanations, detailed assignments and plenty of helps like the "Clik-Thru Tutor" and flash-cards. The site is well-designed and pleasing to the eye, and there is plenty of audio help too. The shareware Greek font SGreek is required. The course is free for those wishing to browse and learn, but requires registration for interaction with the tutor. More courses are promised in the future.
  • From Dr. Marc Huys, professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium...

    These two courses are certainly among the best New Testament Greek online courses. You have to register and to pay a fee if you need feedback, assistance and evaluations by the instructor, but all the lessons and assignments can be accessed freely. The nine lessons of the first course cover the alphabet, accents, punctuation and pronunciation as well as the morphology of the article, pronouns, nouns (only the first and second declension) and verbs (only the present and future indicitave of the regular verbs). At the same time some elements of syntax are dealt with, such as the attributive and predicate positions and the use of the prepositions and of . The past tenses and the third declension are reserved for the second course. The presentation of grammar is accurate and completely devoid of the superficiality that is often characteristic of such introductory courses; by several examples and remarks Smelser shows that he is well-versed in New Testament Greek. Moreover, the site is well organized from a didactic point of view and the explanations are clear and detailed - sometimes accompanied by audio-files - and therefore very useful for the student without any face to face instruction. In order to view the Greek on these pages, you will need to obtain and install SGreek

Brother Smelser's site is called NT, and can be found at the following URL:

Check it out!