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This page was last updated 19 June 2012
NRSV Text Notes
The New Revised Standard Bible comes with textual and translational notes that give the reader valuable information about textual variants and alternative translations. This page expands on the explanation of the notes given in NRSV Study Bibles. Should be understandable even by those who don't know the original languages.
I'm in the early stages of actually using the free online New English Translation; so far I like it very much. It's unusual among English translations in that it gives specific information as to why the translators chose to render the Greek or Hebrew as they did.
Fonts for Scholars
If you want to include actual Greek or Hebrew characters in a word processing document, you'll need to use a special font. This web page contains information about how different types of fonts work and advice on using various fonts. Starts at a basic enough level for non-techies to understand!
the Greek alphabet
Complete with sound files, so you can learn to sound out NT Greek words. Part of an online NT Greek course offered through Bethany Theological Seminary or the Earlham School of Religion.
Major Conventions of Greek Pronunciation
Most seminaries and colleges use Erasmian for teaching Biblical Greek; links explain each of the systems and subsystems, and there are sound files (a little scratchy, but understandable) so you can hear for yourself.
New Testament Read Aloud
Download or listen online, to a chapter at a time or the entire New Testament, read aloud in Greek. Audio recordings by Marilyn Phemister.
the Greek New Testament
You can start a chapter playing the audio from the link just above and read along. There are minor differences between this Greek text and the one on the audio link just above, but you should be able to follow along quite well.
the Greek New Testament
"This Web Site contains notes designed to encourage those who want to read through the Greek New Testament." This site gives the Greek text for each verse, a few key vocabulary words, and commentary. Great if you're an advanced beginner or intermediate stage learner of Greek and want to increase your reading comprehension. Could also be opened as a third window with the above two.
New Testament and
Septuagint in Greek
"As a student of the Ancient Greek Language I found that a version of the New Testament and the Septuagint did not exist on the Internet that did not require specialised fonts or keyboard remapping. I hope to change this in a small way by providing these versions in Adobe Acrobat format."
New Testament - Modern
Click on "MP3 Audio Recordings" - most of the Greek New Testament is here, and the remainder is coming. There's also a link to the Greek text if you want to read along.
Ancient Greek Pronunciation
Greek text and recorded pronunciation of several passages from Homer, Aischylos (Aeschylus), and Plato.
NT Greek I-II - Accredited Seminary Level courses - Online Greek I
starts September 2012
Most seminaries teach New Testament Greek (also known as Koine Greek or Biblical Greek), and some even teach it online; the above two courses are taught by the author of this web page.
Free Online Greek Course
You can also register for a fee and get a more structured experience complete with homework, quizzes, and feedback from the instructor.
Learning New Testament Greek
Little Greek 101, "an evolving online textbook for beginning New Testament Greek" by Mennonite Jonathan Robie. It will get you off to a good start!
Audio CD-based NT Greek "immersion" course
Click on "Courses" -- there's also a nice sample lesson so you can get the feel for how the course works.
Lots of sound recommendations and help for learning New Testament Greek.
Collection of classical texts in Greek and Latin; dictionaries; Greek text of the New Testament in a form that allows you to click on any word and have its grammatical form and meaning come up in a pop-up window.
BADG Book Review
Review of the new edition of the standard lexicon for New Testament Greek, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, commonly known as BADG from the initials of its authors.
Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon
Standard scholarly lexicon, fully searchable.
"a forum where the Greek text and language of the Bible are discussed in detail by an eclectic group of beginning students and veteran teachers, laymen and clergy, conservatives and liberals, earnest inquirers and academic scholars -- all equally committed to probing the Biblical text in the original Koine, and jointly exploring the mysteries and probabilities of Biblical Greek morphology and syntax."
Biblical Greek Grammar Summary
One-page pdf file, courtesy of Mark Wessner.
Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary
Review of this 1999 book by Robert E. Van Voorst. And here's a review of the newer third edition. Either one is very worthwhile.
The Lord's Prayer in Greek
Greek text, audio, glossary, and grammatical analysis. Long under construction, now only marginally functional. I'm leaving it here to remind myself to get back to it some time. Sorry.
Audio Hebrew Bible recordings
Chapter-by-chapter, or whole books. I've downloaded several books from this site to my IPOD!
Hebrew Bible with Audio
Great for devotional reading or practice if you're learning Hebrew. Includes a calendar to find the weekly Torah and Haftorah reading, commentaries and other useful helps.
Readings of the Hebrew Scriptures: Selected Psalms with Audio
More biblical Hebrew devotional material.
Audio CD-based Biblical Hebrew "immersion" course
Click on "Courses" -- there's also a nice sample lesson from the corresponding NT Greek course so you can get the feel for the "look and feel" of how the course works.
Psalm 8:4 (Hebrew Psalm 8:5)
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (KJV)
One of my favorite introductory Hebrew textbooks is Biblical Hebrew: A Text and Workbook, by Bonnie Pedrotti Kittel, Vicki Hoffer, and Rebecca Abts Wright (Yale University Press, 1989). I also have the second edition, complete with CDs -- excellent! This textbook uses a highly "inductive" approach; if you prefer a more traditional approach (memorize the paradigm and then see how to apply it) best choose a different book.
Hebrew Grammar Summary
One-page pdf file, courtesy of Mark Wessner.
Free Online/Downloadable Hebrew Grammar Instruction
Includes lists of: Online Grammar Courses and Other Modern Resources; and Public Domain Texts and BibleWorks7 addon modules.
"Learn the Assyrian (Syriac-Aramaic) language. Learn to speak through music, learn to read and write the way Jesus did, build your vocabulary, and learn the Assyrian and Babylonian history through a beautiful screen saver." Oriented toward people who have some knowledge of the language as it is spoken today. The instructions for learning the alphabet are especially helpful.
Of course, it helps if you know Aramaic already.
The Gospels and Acts in Aramaic, including an introduction to the language and an interlinear Aramaic-English text.
Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon
Lots of information about the language and related resources. A work in progress.
Introductory Lessons in Aramaic
For people without previous knowledge of Semitic languages, or training in linguistics. Excellent starting place for beginners.