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A helpful tool for reading the Greek New Testament: Peter Misselbrooks’ “Read The Greek New Testament”

March 26, 2015

If you have an elementary knowledge of New Testament Greek and would be interested in actually reading the New Testament in Greek, Peter Misselbrooks has compiled a most helpful site called Read the Greek New Testament.  This site will help you complete the reading of the Greek New Testament in five years – quite a worthwhile spiritual discipline.  The order of the readings is interesting, and I believe, well thought-out:

The reading plan begins with Luke’s Gospel and then continues with Acts. With these two books we gain an overview of the entire New Testament story from the pen of one of its major authors. From here we move to the letters of Paul . It is remarkable that these two companions and authors account for more than half of the content of the New Testament. Having completed Paul’s letters (in chronological rather than New Testament order) we return to the Gospel accounts, looking now at Matthew. Matthew is, perhaps, the most ‘Jewish’ of the Gospels and his account of the life of Jesus is thus followed by letters written for Jewish Christians, namely Hebrews and James. Next we turn to Mark’s Gospel, which represents not only Mark’s eyewitness account of the Saviour but also that of Peter. For this reason it is followed by Peter’s letters. These are followed by the letter of Jude, which includes a section that is very similar to part of 2 Peter. Last, but by no means least, we have the writings of John: his Gospel, his letters and the book of Revelation.

By following this plan you will be introduced to the variety of literature and authors that together make up the New Testament. The Greek of some is more straightforward than that of others. Moreover, the Greek of a single author can vary in style and complexity as is evident from a comparison of Luke’s Gospel with the book of Acts. But this variety of styles goes hand in hand with a singleness of message and of purpose: the intent of every author is to declare what God has done for us in the Lord Jesus Christ and to communicate the message in a way that would readily be understood by those who read it, capturing their attention and speaking to their hearts. It is immensely thrilling to be able to read the words these men actually wrote, to be able to understand what they were writing and to find that it commands our attention today no less than it did those for whom it was originally written narly two thousand years ago.

Take a look at Peter Misselbrooks’ work, Read the Greek New Testament – very well done indeed.

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