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Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People Paperback – November 13, 2010
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“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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are taking greek for school, or just learning for fun, this book is a wonderful asset in helping keep you sharp and retaining the information you need to help you excell in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by daniel fox
Excellent guide I intend to turn to on a regular basis. Very helpful!!Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey F. Canterbury Jeffrey F Canterbury
This is a great little book, giving good tips on keeping your Greek. I am a Koine Greek teacher, and it has helped me to have an arsenal of techniques to help myself and my... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jon Satko
This book offers realistic and non-guilt inducing approaches to keep my Greek skills intact. It’s a little harder to apply to Hebrew, since Hebrew is just plain more difficult for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marie Butson
This was an easy, one day read. Campbell's suggestions are basic common sense on maintaining proficiency in Greek, and this also applies to Latin or any other language. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Al
You took all that time and spent all that energy and money to learn Greet, Why loose what you learned.Published on April 30, 2014 by Phyllis Y.
Motivation and proper tools in learning Biblical Greek are essential. The author does a good job with highlighting what's important. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Robert Drózd