Learn to Read and Study the Greek New Testament...
in small steps!

Beginning Greek in Small Steps makes it easier to read and study the Greek New Testament when you have a job, family, and ministry commitments.

You can do more than just word studies!

Learning to read and study the New Testament in Greek is hard work. It’s not for everyone. But for those called to preach and teach, it should be common practice to work from the original languages, and that doesn’t mean doing word studies (though they have their place).

Instead of doing word studies, you can gain the ability to read the language without using tools like interlinears, reader’s editions, and diglots… in fact, without even having to look up words! Just read.

The ability to read Greek well leads to insights and questions about the text, resulting in better exegetical study and benefits for you as a teacher and for those you teach.

But getting to this stage is hard. Most of those who want to learn the language give up because it’s so hard.

 That’s why we created Beginning Greek in Small Steps.

Why is Greek so hard to learn anyway?

It's a Trek through the wilderness

Most grammars written to teach you Greek are written for academic students. They assume the student will grit their teeth and figure it out in order to get a grade. Authors and professors then focus on fitting the grammatical concepts into the time they have available to teach – normally one or two semesters or two 12-14 week blocks. For students with jobs, families, and ministry responsibilities, this means breaking chapters into multi-week treks in the wilderness. While you’re treking through the current chapter, you’re forgetting previous lessons, making progress seem harder than it should be.

 

You drink from a firehose...

This means that concepts tend to be layered on top of one another at a pace that is incredibly challenging for students to learn. In fact, if you don’t have some rudimentary knowledge of Grammar before you start, it will be very hard to follow along.

 

There are missing links...

Not only that, but grammars delivered as books just don’t provide enough information to help you learn.

Learning Greek is different to learning Church History, Theology, or even Hermeneutics. It isn’t just about the knowledge required. Learning Greek requires the development of skills. These skills are painfully obvious if you haven’t developed them.

But grammars often don’t adequately teach you to develop these skills; they simply give you information and then Greek texts to translate. Between these two steps are other steps that you’re left to figure out on your own.

Complicated grammars shouldn't keep you from reading Greek...
That's why we've made learning Greek simpler for you!

We’ve simplified learning Greek with Beginning Greek in Small Steps.


This course is designed for people with jobs, families, and ministry responsibilities. It is designed around the best approach to teaching the language without semester constraints, and without expecting you to be driven by grades and degrees.

Beginning Greek in Small Steps expects you to have no knowledge of grammar, but anticipates that your goal is to read and study the Greek New Testament.

At the end of Beginning Greek in Small Steps you’ll have read from three New Testament epistles in Greek, have the vocabulary to read much more, and you’ll be able to follow the arguments and explanations in technical commentaries.

 

"I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this in-house developed BMA course in terms of pace, content, and format."

Greek Mastery Member

Take Small, Consistent Steps

Where most grammars pack everything into 36 or even 24 hefty chapters, Beginning Greek in Small Steps breaks solid explanations and details of Greek into 60 small lessons that are designed to be completed in around 30 minutes each day (exact time required varies between individuals).

Each lesson introduces one or two main ideas with clear explanations, clarity on what you need to know, and lessons to help you learn, review, and practice what you’ve learned to this point.

Designed with complete beginners in mind

Most of us don’t have a very good handle on grammar. Beginning Greek in Small Steps provides you with a clear explanation of what you already know about English first. Then we use that to explain new concepts that map to this in Greek.

Start with zero knowledge of Greek. Get everything you need as you need it.

 

Comprehensive yet simple

Some grammars provide too much information. Others try to simplify the language, leaving out information, and leaving you confused. Beginning Greek in Small Steps is comprehensive, but simplifies the language, and breaks lessons into concise segments.

 

Designed for Reading Greek

Colleges and seminaries focus on teaching students to do exegesis. It’s assumed reading is too hard. But reading is the foundation for good exegesis. Without the ability to read, students are likely to lose their Greek. Beginning Greek in Small Steps uses the last three lessons to help you move from translation to reading.

 

Study the Greek New Testament

Throughout Beginning Greek in Small Steps we provide you with all that you need to know for careful exegesis directly from the Greek text. The main uses of various Greek constructions are explained clearly and comprehensively enough that you’ll be able to identify them when you find them in the Greek text. When you’re done, you’ll be able to follow the arguments in technical commentaries.

 

30 Minutes per Day

Beginning Greek in Small Steps is designed for people with jobs, families, and ministries. We know you’ve got a lot on, which is why we provide flexibility and clarity. Lessons are designed to be finished in around 30 minutes per day, though some people will take more time than others (which we think is just fine! As you progress, we’ll let you know how to pace yourself based on which lessons are easy, and which to spend more time on.

 

Everything You Need

You could go and buy a grammar, but we think you’ll need more. Beginning Greek in Small Steps includes video explanations for every lesson by the author. You can download the written grammar for every lesson. We even include instructions for creating a personal book in Logos Bible Software!

But wait, we also provide you with the slides from the video, downloadable (and printable) exercises, electronic vocabulary (and instructions), and more.

 

Based on the Latest Scholarship

Grammars don’t always keep up with the latest scholarship, but Beginning Greek in Small Steps incorporates the latest scholarship, including verbal aspect (rather than tenses), and prioritizes modern Greek pronunciation.

 

Exhaustive within the Greek Mastery Membership

Beginning Greek in Small Steps is integral to the Greek Mastery Membership. Inside the membership we start a new beginning Greek course (we call them cohorts) every quarter. These cohorts use the recommended pacing inside Beginning Greek in Small Steps to complete the course in less than a year, though our instructors are flexible and seek to work with you. If you get behind, just jump into the next cohort (there’s no cost or registration for members).

We also provide weekly Office Hours calls to answer any questions or problems you have. But there’s also an online community of learners who are eager to answer questions and share insights to help each other grow in your knowledge and love of the original languages.

The membership also provides a path to reading the entire Greek New Testament without help. As you progress, new and more advanced courses become available taking you to the level where you’re able to interact with scholarly works with confidence.

 

I don't think Mounce had been bettered until Darryl's Small Step process. Darryl's course includes more essential detail, and also, where there is extra detail, it is to remove the confusion present in other Beginning Greek grammars. 

Phil
Greek Mastery Member