Today myself and the whole 1st year group at Moore College year kicked off what will be 2 weeks of intensively learning Koiné Greek.
I had a mixture of both excitement and trepidation going into today. Learning a new language is something that I have never really done before. My language experience so far had amounted to a lady from Italy I worked with once who taught me how to swear in Italian, not the best preparation for learning at a bible college.
However the day was great. Today we focussed on the alphabet, sounds, and a couple of commonly found words in Mark’s gospel. I had done some work on my Greek in the last few weeks which made life easier. All my new classmates were helping each other out with problems, which was great!
It is exciting to see the beginnings of the ability to read the New Testament in the language it was written. At this stage I still feel a bit like a little kid trying to learn english for the first time. Sometimes the word comes out perfectly, other times I might as well be speaking… well Greek.
Koiné Greek is a great language, It was what Greek’s spoke on the street, it had street cred (not in a Jenny from the block kind of way). It was perfect for evangelism because most people in the known world knew how to read and speak it, meaning language barriers that we might have now were not as present.
Now to do my homework… And prepare to learn more tomorrow.