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Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek: Reading the New Testament with Fluency and Devotion

ISBN: 9781493404377



Many who study biblical Greek despair of being able to use it routinely, but veteran instructor Rodney A. Whitacre demonstrates how to overcome this obstacle. By learning to read Greek slowly, students can become fluent one passage at a time and grasp the New Testament in its original language. Whitacre explains how to practice meditation on Scripture (lectio divina) in Greek, presenting a workable way to make Greek useful in life and ministry. Ideal for classroom use and for group or individual study, this book helps students advance their knowledge of Greek and equips them to read the original texts with fluency and depth.

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Key Features

  • Offers lessons suitable for classrooms and individuals
  • Encourages Christians to study the New Testament in its original language
  • Presents a way to incorporate Greek in ministry


  • Building Vocabulary
  • Essential Parsing
  • Making Sense of Sentences
  • Gaining Familiarity and Fluency
  • Utilizing Greek in Meditation
  • Practice Passages

Praise for the Print Edition

I have watched numerous seminary graduates let their Greek slip and then resolve to get back into it. They usually start, needlessly so, with lesson 1 of their first-year Greek grammar and never make it to the really useful material they ought to be reviewing. Whitacre’s book is the perfect one-stop shop for the kind of review they need. It also contains marvelous supplemental insights, especially simplified ways to diagram passages without analyzing every word. I am unaware of any resource like it.

Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Long known as a master in the essential profession of teaching Koine Greek, Whitacre has done what very few can. Here is a primer for reading Greek fluently that takes one from a review of the basic elements of the language . . . to the life-changing practice of meditating on the Greek text! The work is filled with helpful explanations of complex matters, useful examples, detailed application of the principles taught, and extensive footnotes with pathways to more advanced study.

Scott Hafemann, reader in New Testament, University of St. Andrews

  • Title: Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek: Reading the New Testament with Fluency and Devotion
  • Author: Rodney A. Whitacre
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Greek language, Biblical › Textbooks; Greek language, Biblical › Grammar
  • ISBNs: 9781493404377, 9780801049941
  • Resource Type: Grammar
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-31T00:12:24Z

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Professor of Biblical Studies, Cranmer Theological House.

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