This is a Members Only Program* series of courses and is composed of twelve (12) parts of six lessons each – for a total of seventy-two (72) lessons. That works out to 24 months of study and equal to 4 college semesters! The material contained in this series is college level instruction with al of the homework quizzes and major exams normally found. Weekly class meetings run AT LEAST two (2) hours each!
PARTS 1-6 are BASIC GREEK GRAMMAR and VOCABULARY. We use both the grammar and workbook of, Basics of Biblical Greek, by William Mounce, as our text. It is thirty-six (36) weeks of basic foundation work. Exams are “cumulative” meaning that the FINAL at the end of this portion is one of the most challenging known to man!
PARTS 7-9 are INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR, READING, and VOCABULARY. We regroup and cover the entire Greek language from start to finish in one semester (eighteen weeks) using James Hewett’s more traditional, New Testament Greek, A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar, as a text guide and Mounce’s, Graded Reader, as an exercise guide. We also work systematically through the text of 1 John. Exams draw upon material covered from “Day 1” of the very first lesson covered back in the beginning.
Part 10 is a six week introduction into the area of TEXTUAL CRITICISM, using, Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism, written by J. Harold Greenlee as the basic guide, while supplementing with material taken from books by Westcott & Hort, Eberhard Nestle, Bruce Metzger, and Kurt and Barbara Aland. The main goal is to familiarize students enough with the topic so that they will be able to thoroughly understand the variants found of the critical text of the Greek New Testament. Understanding Textual Criticism is crucial to the process of EXEGESIS, which is the subject matter of the next installment! While digesting all of this, students also begin a final round of vocabulary training using Metzger’s, Lexical Aids for Students of Biblical Greek, which will span PARTS 10 and 11! There are weekly quizzes over lesson material and vocabulary.
PART 11 is a six week study of the PROCESS of GREEK EXEGESIS, using Gordon Fee’s book, New Testament Exegesis, as a guiding text. Exegesis is basically studying the Bible from the original language and seeks to allow the original thoughts intended by the writers to come out! The students are taken step by step through the process in preparation for the final installment in the Greek training program, which is a six week formal EXEGESIS project! While learning the process, students continue with the final portion of Metzger’s vocabulary list (down to words used 15 times!) There are weekly quizzes over lesson material and vocabulary.
PART 12 of the program is a FORMAL GREEK EXEGESIS PROJECT. Students will apply all that they have learned as they take apart a paragraph of text from the Epistle of 1 John. Weekly class meetings will be utilized by the instructor to meet with and check the progress of each student. The fruit of this endeavor will be a forty-five (45) minute oral presentation of each students' findings and an accompanying twenty-five (25) page written report.
We believe that any student who successfully accomplishes all the requirements of this program will be adequately equipped to begin a journey through the Greek documents of the written Word of God!
* Please note that "Members Only" courses are taught with the assumption that the students are believers who have accepted the Gospel, according to the terms presented in the Bible, and therefore are "in Christ." Because of this assumption, we feel that people who have not yet come to an understanding and acceptance of the Gospel might come away from these courses with a wrong understanding about their relationship with God. Our conviction as Bible teachers prevents us from being willing to accept that and so this is why these courses are reserved for those we are convinced are truly "in Christ." We invite anyone wishing to enroll in the courses of this particular Bible Study Center program to talk with us about their individual circumstances so that we may determine if they are eligible.