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Intro to New Testament Greek

Greek lettersThe most important document of faith for Christians is the Bible, a compilation of many books, written over many centuries, that relate the activity of God in the lives of people. The Old Testament, more properly known as the Hebrew Bible, was written in the language of the people---what we call today classical Hebrew (with one book, Daniel, written in Aramaic, the language Jesus would have spoken). The New Testament, the Christian Scriptures, was written in the common language of the Roman Empire---Greek, or, more precisely, koiné Greek.

In today’s Service we often use one of the remnants of NT Greek---the Kyrie, which translated means Lord! (as in addressing the Lord). There are also some snippets remaining we use but don’t often think of: Alpha and Omega, the Chi-Rho, ihs (which is often translated wrongly as “in his service.”).

A (very introductory) class on New Testament Greek will be offered for six classes this September and October, beginning on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 PM. The class will consider how Greek influences our worship traditions and symbols, and especially how Greek deepens our understanding of Scripture. The class will go over basic vocabulary and simple grammar, and, more importantly, use that basic knowledge to examine passages from the New Testament.

All are invited to attend. This class will be taught by Pr. Richard Mauthe. Pr. Mauthe served as adjunct faculty for Hebrew and NT Greek at the Philadelphia Seminary.