Ancient Greek Study Tools

Everybody should learn to read ancient Greek! The following links will help the beginner to start their journey and especially for those wanting to expand their knowledge of New Testament Greek. Tools and tips for upgrading your skills into classical and ecclesiastical works.

For the beginner

The B-Greek Forum

A very helpful website and active community that covers everything from beginner to advanced.

Bill Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek

It is very popular and highly recommended.

Elpenor

A website devoted to almost anything Greek, from beginner to advanced, modern Greek, current politics, New Testament and Septuagint texts and more.

Helpful Greek articles

Translation Tips on the Greek Church Fathers

Information on where to start, resources and strategies.

A Sample Process of Translating Alexandrian Greek

An outline of how to approach and translate Alexandrian Greek.

Diacritics in Ancient Greek

How to recognize and respect the diacritic markings in Ancient Greek.

Ancient Digitized Greek Dictionaries for download

A special download site for those who want a quick and easy way to download important dictionaries. This is a very popular article that caused DropBox to temporarily suspend my account for the amount of megabytes being used for downloads.

Greek Lexicon Searches using Google Books

How to utilize Google Books to do ancient Greek word searches. Not always reliable, but when it does, it is a real time-saver.

The Various uses of the infinitive in ancient Greek

Examples and solutions to the wide range use of the infinitive in ancient Greek.

Patrology and Greek Philosophy

Why understanding classical Greek philosophy is a critical requirement in translating Greek Patristic writings.

How to Read a Greek Minuscule Text

If you come across a medieval Greek text that looks more like handwriting or chicken-scratch, you are likely seeing a Greek minuscule text. This is a primer for learning to read this cursory style of writing.

Great Greek Websites

Online Dictionaries

Conjugation/declension tool

Perseus’s online dictionary can break down a word from any form to its root. An alternative that often finds words that Perseus does not have in its database is Lexigram.org

Readers and Supplementary

1-3 John: A General Reader

Edited by J. Klay Harrison and Chad M. Foster, aims to target those finished with the basics of New Testament Greek and want to advance their skills — an area that is greatly lacking in resources and may be the source of why so many abandon Greek studies.