Hey, Houston-area, friends. Have you ever wanted to connect with the text under the translation when reading the New Testament? Or maybe you took a Koine Greek class and need a refresher?
Last semester, a small group of the Greek-curious got together on Mondays (as able – life is crazy) at a coffee shop. The group focused on Greek basics (alphabet, grammar, vocabulary, and translation strategies) for the first hour. In the last 30 minutes of the class, we turned our attention to the gospel reading for the coming Sunday. Our look to the lectionary was designed to practice strategies for interpretation and to open up the text to see how the Greek might speak. The group was helpful to people preparing sermons or Bible studies for Sunday, but it was also great for people who just wanted to fall more deeply in love with scripture.
If you would be interested in being part of a weekly Greek group that meets early in the week (Monday or Tuesday) this semester, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gatherings would begin after Labor Day. No cost, no grades; but there will be homework because one cannot learn a language without practice. Exact timing and location to be determined by those interested.
This semester’s gospel study will focus on Matthew 18, 21, 22, 25. We will take a brief detour to look at the Christ hymn in Phil 2.