Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes A Day: Vol. 1: 365 Selections for Easy Review

by Jonathan G. Kline
Volume 1

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Retail: $39.95
Size: 5 1/8 x 7 3/8 inches
Binding: Maroon Stamped Hard Flexisoft
Pages: 384
Pub Date: November 2017
Volumes in Series: 2
ISBN: 9781683070566
ISBN-13: 9781683070566
Item Number: 070566
Categories: Language and Reference

Product Description

If you have studied Biblical Greek, you know that even after two or three semesters in the classroom it can be easy to soon forget most of what you learned, especially vocabulary. After entering the working world, most of us who studied Greek in seminary or college find it challenging to pay much attention to the language, let alone achieve our primary goals of exegeting and meditating on God’s Word in the original Greek.

Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 has been specially designed to build on your previous study of Greek and help you read a small amount of the New Testament in its original language every day in an easy, manageable, and spiritually enriching way. It does not replace the need for a grammar or textbook; rather, it complements grammatical study by helping you to build a robust vocabulary and to review morphology and syntax in a completely inductive way, and without using any grammatical jargon. The page for each day presents:
• one new vocabulary word, with transliteration and meanings, and two review words from earlier in the book
• the English text of a New Testament verse, with these three Greek words embedded in it, as they appear in the verse
• the Greek text of the verse, in full and then divided into phrases or clauses, with the corresponding English phrases or clauses next to them

The book presents, one day at a time and in order of descending frequency, the 365 most frequently occurring words in the New Testament (about 20 percent more vocabulary than one typically learns in a first-year Greek class).

Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 is designed to help you reconnect with Greek in an easy and enriching way and to empower you with the vocabulary you need to begin again reading the New Testament in its original language.


"We have needed this book for a very long time. My students share with me time and again how frustrating it is that once out of the classroom, they lose their Greek knowledge so quickly—a knowledge that took untold hours and much hard work to acquire. And yet, maintaining facility with Greek doesn't require untold hours; it can truly take just a few minutes a day. Now, I can tell my students: Buy this book. Jonathan Kline will give you your time back. More importantly, he will remind you of why you studied Biblical Greek in the first place: in order to develop a more expansive, more nuanced, more intimate understanding of the New Testament texts and the claims that they make on the world."
Michal Beth Dinkler, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School

"Learning Greek is hard, and maintaining proficiency is almost as challenging! This resource is perfect for keeping your Greek sharp and even picking up some new vocabulary along the way. These books will help students have a long-term plan for studying the Greek New Testament."
Nijay K. Gupta, Associate Professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary

"Keeping up with ancient languages that have been painstakingly learned in school or seminary is a big challenge for everyone these days within our working schedules, full of so many pressing and distracting tasks and demands. However, reading the biblical texts in their original languages is extremely important, both for those of us who work directly with them and for those who are simply passionate about them. There is indeed no other means to appreciate them in full both exegetically and spiritually. For whoever might have found themselves in such a situation, Jonathan Kline's Keep Up Your Biblical Greek two-volume set is a real life-saver. The conception of the books is as truly innovative as it is helpful. Readers can move along through little rewarding steps that refresh their knowledge of the language while deepening their familiarity with the biblical texts. These two books are real gems that can fit easily even within the busiest schedules, but they do not lack a thing in terms of linguistic precision and expertise."
Giovanni Bazzana, Professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School

"Language learning is a costly investment on many levels. Reading the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic is a skill acquired only through many months of difficult effort, yet after coursework ends, life and work get in the way, and the ability to access Scripture in its original language fades. Now with Jonathan Kline's series, language learners can not only protect and sustain the knowledge they've acquired—they can build new skills. These expertly designed Two Minutes a Day books will help anyone who has taken an introductory Biblical language course revive their reading ability, and the lessons can even function as daily devotional readings in the original language. While working through the short passages in these books, I felt as though I had a wise language teacher by my side. Kline is that teacher, and through these volumes readers will again feel the excitement and joy of connecting with the Bible in the language of its authors."
Brian R. Doak, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program, George Fox University

"What if you could remember and use the biblical languages you fell in love with while you were learning them in seminary or graduate school? Even better, what if you could do it by spending a tiny amount of your time each day? Most of us would argue that our lives are just too busy for language study, but Dr. Jonathan Kline has come up with the ideal solution. He asks us for just two minutes each day, and surely two extra minutes can fit into anybody's schedule! In addition, we all know that for us to experience long-term comfort with a language, nothing can replace daily use of it, so Dr. Kline has devised his system around committing those two minutes each and every day of the year. We have needed these books for a long time, and I personally will be very happy to have them in my library."
Jo Ann Hackett, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Author Bio

Jonathan G. Kline (PhD, Harvard University) is the author of Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible and co-author of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook. He currently serves as the academic editor at Hendrickson Publishers.