An inductive approach to reading the Greek of the New and Old Testaments
The aim of the βiblia course is to provide a mechanism to help re-establish access to the biblical texts as they were known to the early Christian communities spread around the Mediterranean from the first century AD.
Accordingly, βiblia is designed to enable the reading of the New and Old Testaments in the Greek versions that have come down to us, with specific reference to the cultural context of that diverse collection of writings.
To gain a sense of the overall approach, please see this PowerPoint model of Session 1.
βiblia’s twin objectives are to develop:
- competency in the Greek language for the purposes of reading the Bible
- appreciation of the cultures of Bible times via their products and values
The language is presented expressly as a means of gaining access to biblical literature and the culture from which it springs.
To aid progression toward reading a highly sophisticated literature, the introduction of linguistic features is carefully graduated within the context of increasingly complex sentence patterns. Motivation is maintained through the use of high-interest stories following an increasingly developed narrative arc that involves engaging, often biblically-based, characters.
It’s our intention that the βiblia
course will be delivered online in digital format via interactive reading passages with listening features, glossing of vocabulary, and comprehension questions built in; auto-feedback language activities; downloadable self-study resources; and the option of video-based instructional presentations. Cutting-edge functionality consistent with the most effective pedagogy in today’s classical language classrooms will enable learners to:
- hear, read, and comprehend Bible Greek for themselves
- develop their confidence in Bible Greek via language manipulation tasks
- look up Bible Greek words via digital glossaries
- answer questions on linguistic features and cultural aspects
- memorize Bible Greek vocabulary via online testers
- link to online materials on the cultures of Bible times
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