Reading biblical languages shouldn't be just for pastors and theologians.
Without knowledge of the languages, you're dependent the work of others, meaning your knowledge of the Bible is second hand.
But it is possible to develop a first-hand knowledge of the Bible in the original languages.
All it takes is small, consistent steps and as you take each step you develop a little more knowledge and a little more skill, and very quickly you're able to read simple texts, then more difficult texts.
With a little time and experience, you'll be able to read the entire Greek New Testament and/or the Hebrew Old Testament.
Inside Biblical Mastery Academy we provide you with all the resources you need to be able to learn to read and study the Bible using even the most technical commentaries, grammars, and tools with understanding and the ability to follow and evaluate scholarly arguments.
Your desire to learn should be all the motivation you need, a bit like the proverbial carrot 🥕 that motivates you to keep taking small, consistent steps. For most grammars, that is simply not enough...
Existing Grammars are designed to depend upon your need to get a good grade to obtain a degree. The need for grades functions as a stick 🥖 to drive the student to keep going regardless of how hard it is.
Beginning Greek needs to be easier... much easier.
So we've created a brand new approach to teaching biblical Greek online. I've called it Beginning Greek in Small Steps.
Each lesson is normally around 3 pages of explanation and is explained thoroughly in a 5-10 minute video. Then you can go through our exercises to internalize the principle in less than 30 minutes a day, reviewing what you've already learned.
Lessons are small, exercises are focused on understanding scripture and normally include 5-10 examples for you to work with.
By the time you've finished you'll be able to read 1 John in Greek.
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Beginning Greek in Small Steps includes
Beginning Greek is just the start of the journey. Our goal is to help you read and master every book in the Greek New Testament. To help with this, we've broken the New Testament into sets of books ordered from the easiest to read to the hardest. We call each group of New Testament books Milestones. Each Milestone consists of a series of 24-28 lessons you can complete at your own pace.
Each Milestone lesson includes:
Work step-by-step through the Greek New Testament!
We provide courses starting from outstanding beginning Greek and Hebrew, through to advanced exegesis of biblical texts. Courses are progress-based, which means you unlock new courses as your skills and vocabulary develops.
Many of our classes run in cohorts, so you can work with a group of other learners on live calls and build relationships around discovery in scripture. Repeat cohorts as often as you wish or study on your own at your own pace.
Its the best of all worlds!
Reading Greek: Designed to provide you with confidence reading texts after you've finished beginning Greek. By the time you've finished Reading Greek you'll have read through 6 New Testament books!
Interpretation of Ephesians: Learn how the experts interpret the New Testament as we explore the principles of hermeneutics, how to exegete the text well, and how to solve interpretive problems with wisdom.
Greek Syntax: Learn advanced Greek syntax to become well-equipped to solve the most difficult exegetical challenges. This course is being redesigned from the ground up in 2024!
Each week, we have live calls hosted by an instructor. Ask any question about the biblical languages or the membership, and get expert help right away.
BMA offers much more than an online seminary course, and the personalized nature of our office hours calls is designed to provide you with personalized attention beyond what you get in a course call.
Reading texts together is one of the great joys of learning. Each month we select a Greek text to read and work through it for an hour each week in our Greek Workshop Calls, exploring the language, the authors intent, and how we should understand and apply the text today.
We alternate between texts from New Testament, the Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament), and the Greek Apostolic Fathers.
Our community loves the word of God, and is committed to learning to read and study the scriptures. With members from around the world, the Biblical Mastery Academy community is the best place to discover new resources, learn valuable insights, get help and encouragement, and work together on challenging texts and grammar.
We're striving to become more Christlike in our knowledge, not just more academic. The Growth Membership is designed to explore areas related to understanding the scriptures and applying it to our lives.
Each month we alternate between subjects related to interpretation and application of the scripture and read books together that will stimulate us to love and good works in our service for Christ.
"It was frustrating to get started on the very beginner aspects of the language, but then run into the problem of not getting any real teaching or help to get past that point. BMA definitely helped provide instruction, exercises to aid in learning, and cohort calls to help keep me motivated. It feels so good knowing that I am on my way to be able to sit down and study the scripture in the original languages." - Keith
"I was self studying New Testament Greek for a year and reached a point where I needed actual lectures and teaching if I wanted to have a working knowledge of Greek that is beyond the beginning level. There was only so much I could grasp on my own, even with the well known Greek Grammars. The moment I realized BMA was working for me was after the Reading Greek course. I realized that I can reliably translate 7 books of the New Testament and accurately parse all verbs in any of those books. That was a huge difference from before I started with BMA. I used to struggle parsing verbs and definitely did not translate any book in the NT in its entirety." - Robert
"I was having trouble staying motivated and consistent and had problems getting questions answered using the grammar. I would get to a point where it became really hard, and then I just would quit. I would then go like 2-3 months without learning anything, but then suddenly get motivated and do it again for a little while. But that was tough because I felt like I had lost a lot. I need consistency and structure in what I learn is what I am trying to say, just as I do in my pursuit of the Kingdom of God. When I finished Beginning Greek with BMA, and I was able to read 1st John. That was just an awesome feeling of accomplishment that I don't get often. I have a long way to go, but to know that all the calls and small questions answered in beginning Greek were finally working and sticking in my brain made me feel like the membership was worth it." - Drew
"I made some progress on my own, but I also felt lacking in motivation and isolated. I found that my learning still lacked structure and it was hard to keep going at it alone. BMA gave me both structure and motivation to keep learning. Every lesson comes with videos, readings, pre-made vocab cards, and in-depth homework assignments that don’t just help me learn new concepts but also keep reviewing old ones, topping it all off with a healthy amount of fun translation exercises. All that was already a huge help. But then the real gift was the cohort calls, where I could actually discuss my answers and difficulties with other students at my level and get personal help from Darryl and other professionals! There is something so valuable about working things out in a live environment. I felt it has solidified and clarified my learning immensely. I found that one of the unexpected rewards of this type of membership was that I didn’t just learn from the book and the instructors. I learned from fellow students! What’s more, I found myself caring about their progress too, not just mine! I feel a genuine sense of camaraderie with them and it brings me joy when I see them growing and succeeding and things clicking for them too. So I think that was when I realized that this is something far more special than just a great way to learn Greek.
It’s been half a year and I am already comfortably (albeit slowly, still) reading the letters of John and Paul. That’s astonishing to me and I’m really grateful for this membership!" - Nathan
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