Having a good teacher makes all the difference when learning to read and understand the Greek New Testament. The Kairos beginning grammar and accompanying workbook are the next best thing to having a personal Greek tutor guiding you along the path toward proficiency.
Dr. Fred Long, assistant professor of New Testament at Bethel College in Indiana, developed these materials exclusively for his own students and we're making them available to you! This is the world premiere of an excellent new curriculum for learning New Testament Greek.
Dr. Long, who holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University, began teaching Greek at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1993 and soon realized that the existing Greek textbooks were all lacking in one area or another. So he created this first-year textbook and workbook to address some of the deficiencies he observed.
These materials have been tested in the classroom and revised over the years in response to student feedback. In fact, they have been used to successfully introduce NT Greek to more than a hundred undergraduate and seminary students in Dr. Long's classes.
Kairos provides an easy yet structured way to get started with biblical Greek. If you have been wanting to learn Greek but haven't started formal training (or your formal training is a dim memory), these materials will guide you to a place where you can read the New Testament on your own. The grammar is a learning grammar (not a reference grammar), and the workbook exercises have been painstakingly crafted to help the novice progress quickly.
If you're a Greek instructor, Kairos would make a great introductory text that could integrate with one of the Logos Bible Software base packages, giving students all the tools they need to succeed with the language. And your classes can actually complete its 28 chapters in two semesters!
We have received many requests for a first-year learning grammar. Even if you own Scholar's Library Silver Edition with Nunn's Syntax and Elements, you will benefit from the Kairos grammar and workbook as it is uses a more contemporary approach and more extensive, guided exercises.
As you may already know, I have entitled this textbook after the New Testament idiom εξαγοραζεσθαι τον καιρον literally, “buy up the opportunity.” It is found in Col 4:5 and Eph 5:16 meaning “make the most of every opportunity.” I think you can understand how this idiom is appropriate for learning New Testament Greek in the context of preparing for Christian ministry.
Let me briefly explain about ΚΑΙΡΟΣ: A Beginning Greek Grammar. I once told a fellow seminary friend, Rev. Pat Holley, that I would never write a Greek textbook because of the vast numbers of them and if I did, that he should shoot me. However, when I became a Greek Teaching Fellow at Asbury Theological Seminary (1993-95), I soon began to realize that no textbook was completely “adequate.” Each had their strengths, but also their corresponding weaknesses. Some explained English grammar, some assumed it. Some taught diagramming methods, some ignored them. Some explained too much, some explained too little. Some had adequate exercises, most very scanty. Some presented the material in a systematic and logical fashion, some appeared scattered. Some were deductive, some inductive.
Then, in 1994, I took an intensive Latin class in fulfillment of a Master’s degree in Classics from the University of Kentucky. The textbook used was Moreland and Fleischer’s 1990 edition, Latin: An Intensive Course. In this textbook I found a model for a Koine (Biblical) Greek grammar that would span two semesters (28 chapters). It is possible to work through one chapter a week and still have time for review and testing during the semester or quarter.
...It is my hope that you will come to love the NT in Greek through using this Grammar and Workbook. Furthermore, I pray that you will become fruitful interpreters of God’s Word and ultimately more effective pastors and teachers.
Fredrick J. Long, 2004
As you prepare to use this Workbook, I would like you to know that I have joyfully labored to make it the most effective possible in conjunction with ΚΑΙΡΟΣ: A Beginning Greek Grammar. The Workbook for ΚΑΙΡΟΣ has been carefully designed. You will be translating New Testament verses and paragraphs as quickly as possible in order to begin reaping the benefits of your labor. Let me briefly explain about the Workbook for ΚΑΙΡΟΣ.
The textbook exercises for each chapter contain six sections:
Lastly, the Workbook contains deductive and inductive features:
Two final comments are in order for you, the Student. First, be sure to memorize the vocabulary words for a particular chapter before doing the exercises in the Workbook. If you do, then the exercises will reinforce your vocabulary. Second, learning Greek is a cumulative process. Daily work is required. It is not possible to “cram in” the material once a week. So, it is best to maintain a healthy daily diet of NT Greek. Bon appetite!
Fredrick Long, Ph.D.
Most textbooks share common elements and even structure, while the greatest differences between them (in my mind) are the workbook exercises. Dr. Long has obviously put quite a deal of effort into designing a workbook that accommodates ambitious as well as steady learners. On a personal note, I tend to load myself with many classes at once—which makes ambitious, consistent learning in one subject less feasible. However, the Kairos workbook supplies enough exercises such that if you get foggy on a given topic (e.g. noun clauses), you can return to that section, reread the material, and have half a dozen to perhaps twenty problems that have not yet been worked...Overall, I would recommend Kairos to anyone who wants to learn Greek, both for personal research and exegesis, and also for classroom study.
—Joel Barrett, former student of Dr. Long
The Kairos program worked very well for me. With Kairos I was able to teach myself most of the Greek. This system for learning a language was better than any other I have used (which would include German and Spanish in high school). With the help of a lexicon I can interpret most NT passages, and this ability is a great help in exegesis. The grammar is not too hard, but thoroughly teaches the skills one needs.
—Matt Alwine, undergraduate student preparing for ministry
This book is practical and understandable for students and laymen with no previous background in Greek. However, it is also thorough and detailed enough to give one a good grasp of the foundations of the language. Long has done both pastors and laymen a favor with this wonderful introduction to the Biblical language.
—Pastor Bill Barnwell, Faith Missionary Church, Flint, Michigan
Dr. Fredrick Long is an assistant professor of New Testament. He holds a B.S. with high honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois (1988); an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary specializing in Biblical Studies (1992); an M.A. in Classical Greco-Roman Literature from the University of Kentucky (1995); and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University specializing in Biblical Theology (1999).
Long has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary as a Greek and Hebrew Teaching Fellow (1993-1995); for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School's Graduate Extension in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as an adjunct Greek Professor (1996-1997); at Marquette University as a graduate research and teaching assistant (1996-1998); and as a lecturer for the Adult Continuing Education Program (1997-1998).