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“Rightly does Campbell insist that Christian teachers and preachers need to keep their Greek going, and shrewdly does he spell out ways and means of doing that.” -- J.I. Packer

“Why hasn’t anybody ever written a little book like this before? First-year Greek students should read it. Exegesis students should read it. Preachers who have had a year or two of Greek should read it. And it’s so short and straightforward, the same person should read it in all three capacities. Do what Con Campbell says and you will keep your Greek. But don’t just believe him; read the exchanges from his blogsite which he includes that prove it!” -- Craig L. Blomberg, PhD

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Seminarians spend countless hours mastering biblical languages and learning how the knowledge of them illuminates the reading, understanding, and application of Scripture. But while excellent language acquisition resources abound, few really teach students how to maintain their use of Greek for the long term. Consequently, pastors and other former Greek students find that under the pressures of work, ministry, preaching, and life, their hard-earned Greek skills begins to disappear. Con Campbell has been counseling one-time Greek students for years, teaching them how to keep their language facility for the benefit of those to whom they minister and teach. He shows how following the right principles makes it possible for many to retain---and in some cases regain---their Greek language skills. Pastors will find Keep Your Greek an encouraging and practical guide to strengthening their Greek abilities so that they can make linguistic insights a regular part of their study and teaching. Current students will learn how to build skills that will serve them well once they complete their formal language instruction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Bilingual edition (November 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Greek instructor, I'm always looking for ways to help my students retain their Greek knowledge. Ok, let's be honest. I'm always looking for ways to retain my Greek knowledge too. So I was eager to read this book. Greek students and those out in ministry agree that original language study is important for helpful Biblical exegesis and exposition, but many of those in ministry's memory of Greek grammar and vocab is just that, faded memories. This book is helpful for both students wanting to keep their Greek from fading and those in ministry who desire to sharpen their memory of almost forgotten participles and pronouns.

This book began as a series of blog posts [...] back in January of 2009 and as a result the book has a very engaging, personal feel to it. The book is short (less than 100 pages) and a very quick read. I sat down with it the night I got it and finished it in less than a hour. A unique element of the book, due to the fact that it started as a series of blog posts, is that Campbell includes at the end of each chapter some of the comment conversation that the original posts received. This adds to its light, easy-to-read style.

The book consists of 10 short chapters (each only a couple of pages), a motivational appendix, and an annotated list of resources for pursuing Greek retention. Each chapter deals with one easy-to-implement principle for retaining (or regaining) your Greek.
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This little book is the best thing I know of for encouragement and advice for how to maintain and increase your ability to read and use Greek. I almost can't say too much good about this book- and it would make a great gift! As Greek teacher, I know encourage all my students to get this book.

One of the real challenges, of course, in preparation for ministry is, having taken Greek, to maintain Greek information and skills in the daily grind of ministry. In brief fashion Campbell covers key advice I have heard previously and more points I had not heard or thought of before. I really wish I had received this book 20 years ago and now hope all my students will get it. Campbell's key points are:

- Ready every day
- Burn your interlinear
- Use software tools wisely (don't jump to help too quickly)
- Make vocabulary your friend
- Practice your parsing
- Read fast
- Read slow (so vary your reading)
- Use your senses (sight, hearing, etc.)

Of course a simple list does not capture the power of the book. One great strength is Campbell's tone and approach. He is very realistic. It would be easy to suggest more work than anyone could do. Campbell's ideas though obviously emerge from the real life of his own practice and of encouraging others. Also, his breezy, encouraging tone is helpful. He will give the firm exhortation, but he typically comes across as a chief encourager.

Brevity is also a strength here. You don't get bogged down in this book. I loved reading the book and came away from it deeply encouraged and motivated.

This is great content in the right tone, at the right size and right price. It is the best thing around on this important topic. Read and be encouraged in your own wrestling with the New Testament as it was originally given.
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I love Greek. More specifically, I love Biblical (Hellenistic) Greek. When looking for a college to do my undergraduate work at, I specifically chose The Master's College because it offered a degree in Biblical Languages. I remember the long nights of parsing, studying vocabulary, translating portions of the New Testament, and working through the syntax of a specific passage. These were times of great joy (and sometimes great anguish). Now, almost four years removed from The Master's College, I still regularly read my Greek New Testament. I am grateful to have stuck with my Greek up until this day. But for some, this is not always the case. They leave school and immediately get involved in ministry. The Greek which they acquired in school has fallen by the wayside. For these people, a book like the one recently published by Zondervan can be a great tool and encouragement for them to return to their Greek and begin to once again find the joy of reading the Greek New Testament.

In his book Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People, Constantine Campbell has done a great service for the minister and layman by writing a book that encourages and motivates the reader to get back into the Greek New Testament on a regular and consistent basis. In a very concise manner-ten chapters, an appendix, and a list of resources-Campbell outlines some practical tips for the person desiring to return to his Greek text. The chapters are as follows:

Read Every day
Burn Your Interlinear
Use Software Tools Wisely
Make Vocabulary Your Friend
Practice Your Parsing
Read Fast
Read Slow
Use Your Sense
Get Your Greek Back
Putting It All Together
What made this book so useful and enjoyable is that it was a great reminder for me to daily read my Greek text.
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