Elementary Greek Year One - Textbook

Elementary Greek Year One - Textbook

Koine for Beginners

by Christine Gatchell, Gerald R. McDermott (Foreward)
Publisher: Memoria Press
Softcover Textbook, 164 pages
Price: $18.95

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Finally, a Greek text that is both simple and substantial! Designed to be used for teaching children as young as 2nd or 3rd grade, Elementary Greek may also serve as a self-teaching program for teens and adults. No previous knowledge is necessary and each concept is covered thoroughly and reviewed regularly throughout the course. Thirty weeks of daily lessons insure a complete school year of brief, incremental lessons with no additional planning.

Year 1 of this course introduces the Greek alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar, and translation. The accompanying workbook is a vital resource that provides practice and application at each step of the way. There are also flashcards; and an audio companion CD is available to aid in the pronunciation of individual letters, words, grammar paradigms and passages.

From the Foreword:

"It would not be too much to say that we have a Koine New testament because of the love for Greek culture which Aristotle and Phillip II instilled in Phillip's son, Alexander the Great. Alexander's gargantuan conquests brought classical Greek into contact with a host of local languages. As a result of this collision, Greek became the lingua franca of the ancient world—even during much of the Roman Empire. Greek took on new universal quality. This new prestige language of the Greco-Roman world was not the first language for most, or even the language of first choice for many. But it was the language of political, cultural, and economic superiority. If you wanted to communicate with people on the move, you had to learn Koine..."
—Gerard R. McDermott

Samples:

Table of Contents
From Lesson 3, Verbs Part I
From Lesson 25, Prepositions with the Genitive

You can also view corresponding samples from the Workbook.

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