Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day, Volume 1: 365 Selections for Easy Review
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Keep up your ability to read and understand Biblical Greek with this daily guide. Each day’s reading includes a verse in both Greek and English, one new vocabulary word with translation and definitions, two review words from earlier in the book, and a breakdown of the Greek verse into phrases with a side-by-side translation. Jonathan Kline presents the material in such a clear and simple way that it keeps the reader from being overwhelmed, thus restoring confidence as one progresses. This method also enables one to gradually build a robust vocabulary, while inductively reviewing morphology and syntax. Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day is an invaluable tool that should be in the library of every student of Biblical Greek.

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Format: Imitation Leather
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1683070569
ISBN-13: 9781683070566
Series: Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in 2 Minutes a Day

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Author Bio

Jonathan G. Kline (PhD, Harvard University) is the author of Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible and co-author of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook. He currently serves as an associate editor at Hendrickson Publishers.

Editorial Reviews

"We have needed this book for a very long time. My students share with me time and again how frustrating it is that once out of the classroom, they lose their Greek knowledge so quickly—a knowledge that took untold hours and much hard work to acquire. And yet, maintaining facility with Greek doesn't require untold hours; it can truly take just a few minutes a day. Now, I can tell my students: Buy this book. Jonathan Kline will give you your time back. More importantly, he will remind you of why you studied Biblical Greek in the first place: in order to develop a more expansive, more nuanced, more intimate understanding of the New Testament texts and the claims that they make on the world."
Michal Beth Dinkler, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School

"Learning Greek is hard, and maintaining proficiency is almost as challenging! This resource is perfect for keeping your Greek sharp and even picking up some new vocabulary along the way. These books will help students have a long-term plan for studying the Greek New Testament."
Nijay K. Gupta, Associate Professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary

"Keeping up with ancient languages that have been painstakingly learned in school or seminary is a big challenge for everyone these days within our working schedules, full of so many pressing and distracting tasks and demands. However, reading the biblical texts in their original languages is extremely important, both for those of us who work directly with them and for those who are simply passionate about them. There is indeed no other means to appreciate them in full both exegetically and spiritually. For whoever might have found themselves in such a situation, Jonathan Kline's Keep Up Your Biblical Greek two-volume set is a real life-saver. The conception of the books is as truly innovative as it is helpful. Readers can move along through little rewarding steps that refresh their knowledge of the language while deepening their familiarity with the biblical texts. These two books are real gems that can fit easily even within the busiest schedules, but they do not lack a thing in terms of linguistic precision and expertise."
Giovanni Bazzana, Professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School

"Language learning is a costly investment on many levels. Reading the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic is a skill acquired only through many months of difficult effort, yet after coursework ends, life and work get in the way, and the ability to access Scripture in its original language fades. Now with Jonathan Kline's series, language learners can not only protect and sustain the knowledge they've acquired—they can build new skills. These expertly designed Two Minutes a Day books will help anyone who has taken an introductory Biblical language course revive their reading ability, and the lessons can even function as daily devotional readings in the original language. While working through the short passages in these books, I felt as though I had a wise language teacher by my side. Kline is that teacher, and through these volumes readers will again feel the excitement and joy of connecting with the Bible in the language of its authors."
Brian R. Doak, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program, George Fox University

"What if you could remember and use the biblical languages you fell in love with while you were learning them in seminary or graduate school? Even better, what if you could do it by spending a tiny amount of your time each day? Most of us would argue that our lives are just too busy for language study, but Dr. Jonathan Kline has come up with the ideal solution. He asks us for just two minutes each day, and surely two extra minutes can fit into anybody's schedule! In addition, we all know that for us to experience long-term comfort with a language, nothing can replace daily use of it, so Dr. Kline has devised his system around committing those two minutes each and every day of the year. We have needed these books for a long time, and I personally will be very happy to have them in my library."
Jo Ann Hackett, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

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If you have studied Biblical Greek, you know that even after two or three semesters in the classroom it can be easy to soon forget most of what you learned, especially vocabulary. After entering the working world, most of us who studied Greek in seminary or college find it challenging to pay much attention to the language, let alone achieve our primary goals of exegeting and meditating on God’s Word in the original Greek.

Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 has been specially designed to build on your previous study of Greek and help you read a small amount of the New Testament in its original language every day in an easy, manageable, and spiritually enriching way. It does not replace the need for a grammar or textbook; rather, it complements grammatical study by helping you to build a robust vocabulary and to review morphology and syntax in a completely inductive way, and without using any grammatical jargon. The page for each day presents:

  • one new vocabulary word, with transliteration and meanings, and two review words from earlier in the book
  • the English text of a New Testament verse, with these three Greek words embedded in it, as they appear in the verse
  • the Greek text of the verse, in full and then divided into phrases or clauses, with the corresponding English phrases or clauses next to them

The book presents, one day at a time and in order of descending frequency, the 365 most frequently occurring words in the New Testament (about 20 percent more vocabulary than one typically learns in a first-year Greek class).

Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 is designed to help you reconnect with Greek in an easy and enriching way and to empower you with the vocabulary you need to begin again reading the New Testament in its original language.

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    The most important practice for maintaining and increasing ones understanding of the biblical languages is daily engagement with the language itself. Thats right. Its as easy as daily use of the language. Still, for most students of the biblical languages (past or present), there are two common hurdles to overcometime and direction. It is for this reason, that I can think of no resource more essential to students of the biblical languages than The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series compiled and edited by Jonathan G. Kline.

    The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series has been specially designed to help readers build upon a previous study of the biblical languages by facilitating daily engagement in an easy, manageable, and spiritually enriching way (p. vii). The series is comprised of five handsomely produced, durable imitation leather volumes: Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 & 2 (forthcoming), Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day, and Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 & 2 (forthcoming).

    The organizational structure of each volume in the series is identical. Each volume contains 365 sections for review in a single-page devotional style format. To encourage the readers to spend regular time with the biblical languages, each page includes a day number (from 1 to 365), a date (from January 1 to December 31), and a week number (from Week 1 to Week 52). The format of the content for each entry includes an English translation of the passage (NRSV, ESV, NASB, NIV, CSB, and MLB) with vocabulary words bolded for contextual recognition, new vocabulary words with both transliterations and definitions, a biblical language presentation of the passage, and a side-by-side breakdown of the passage with both biblical language and translation.

    Keep Up Your Biblical Hebrew in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 was created with consideration of the main frequency list of vocabulary found in The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew by Miles V. Van Pelt and Gary D. Pratico. Kline has taken the 365 most frequently occurring words in the Hebrew Bible and curated a list of passages for readers to engage each day. Thus, not only are readers engaging biblical Hebrew, but theyre effectively learning vocabulary that will afford them greater efficiency when using Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Readers Edition. For ease of reading, Kline has removed the Masoretic accents and Ketiv forms, including only the Qere forms. Lastly, it should be mentioned that the Hebrew text referenced in this volume is taken from the Michigan-Claremont-Westminster Electronic Hebrew Bible, which is a public domain text that is based on the BHS and compared with the Leningrad Codex.

    Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day offers readers, in order of descending frequency, every word in biblical Aramaic. The volume is shaped in conjunction with the lexical forms, glosses, and frequencies of the incredibly useful Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook by Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami, and Jonathan G. Kline. Students of biblical Aramaic would do well to purchase this volume if they havent already. The Aramaic text used is likewise from the Michigan-Claremont-Westminster Electronic Hebrew Bible, and, for ease of reading, Kline has likewise removed the Masoretic accents and Ketiv forms. The approach that Kline took concerning the descending nature of the volume is especially helpful considering the number of hapax Legomenon present in the Aramaic passages of the Hebrew Bible (more than one-third of words in biblical Aramaic).

    Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in Two Minutes a Day: Volume 1 was created with consideration of the main frequency list of vocabulary found in Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament by Warren C. Trenchard. Kline has taken the 365 most frequently occurring words in the Greek New Testamentall words that occur 42 times or more, plus about half of this that occurs 41 timesand curated a list of passages for readers to engage each day. Mastery of these 365 words will not only allow readers to engage biblical Greek with more proficiency but afford them knowledge of nearly every lexical form assumed by The Greek New Testament: A Readers Edition. The glosses are abridged entries of Hendricksons Compact Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Mark House, with occasional contextual modifications from Kline. The Greek text quoted in this volume is The Greek New Testament prepared by B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, which is a critical edition of the Greek New Testament published in 1881.

    There is much to be praised about this series and the two forthcoming volumes. Ive already voiced the necessity of these volumes for readers looking to remain in contact with a study of the biblical languages. There is absolutely nothing like them on the market and Kline is to be commended in the highest regard for his work here. The format is both easy-to-use and inviting. Thus, not only has Kline created a space for readers to enter their needed engagement with the biblical languages, but he has made it both exciting and immediately rewarding. Additionally, these volumes are the quality construction that many have come to expect from Hendrickson Publishers. The cover is a supple imitation leather over board, which provides both the functionality and durability that will withstand daily use for years to come. The paper is also thick and opaque, and the text is easy to read. Lastly, the inclusion of two ribbon bookmarkers per volume compliments the overall approach of the series and offers added usefulness that readers are certain to appreciate.

    The Two Minutes A Day Biblical Language Series compiled and edited by Jonathan G. Kline is certain to become a new classroom standard for both teachers and students looking for quick and easy ways to remain engaged with the biblical languages. If you are a past or present student of Hebrew, Aramaic, and/or Greek, then the volumes in this series should be a no-brainer purchase. They wont replace grammars nor the necessity of such for learning the biblical languages, but they will most certainly transform how you engage them. I couldnt recommend this series more strongly!
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