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.
The main focus is on open access or free internet tools and resources. A little bit of attention is paid to third party apps and software. For those using third party apps or paid software, your feedback on their usefulness would greatly be appreciated.
For the beginner
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.
A website devoted to almost anything Greek, from beginner to advanced, modern Greek, current politics, New Testament and Septuagint texts and more.
A website devoted to those who want to learn the Greek of the New Testament from scratch.
Many Greek texts are structured with a Greek numbering system. This webpage helps you understand the Greek numbering system.
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
This excellent software produced by the University of California, Irvine, contains a large array of Greek texts. Better yet, its search engine creates a very powerful and quick user experience. It has an abridged version for free but it is very limited. The paid version is the one you want. Most people access it through a university portal.
Roger was one of the first persons to post a site on the internet about the Church Fathers. He started with Tertullian and his energy has never ceased. There is an abounding amount of source material with added explanations on his site. Plus, he is a nice person and thoughtful with his answers.
Brian Davidson, a Greek enthusiast, language nerd, and teacher, posted helpful tips on using your iOS based phone or tablet for studying or resourcing Greek texts.
Online Search for Septuagint/New Testament
Hosted by Biola University, this is a Bible search site that not only does searches in Greek, but in many other languages as well. The interface allows four different languages to be retrieved on any given text. This is great for comparative studies. It also gives the option of searching different Greek manuscripts. The only drawback is that the Greek text does not have any diacritics.
This site is fast and has some quick definitions by pointing over the text. However, I am not sure which Greek edition it draws from. Great for quick reference, maybe not so good for critical studies.
It is unclear which manuscripts the Septuagint are based on. The New Testament follows the the text prepared by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (1904/12). The interface is dated and needs some refinement. Regardless, this is a very helpful site.
Migne Patrologia Graeca
This large 167 volume set spans a collection of almost 16 centuries of church writings. Not all of them are collected from the best manuscripts and the whole series is full of controversy surrounding its founder and editor, J.P. Migne. However, this collection is the best attempt to bring all of the writings together in one central place. It is a good place to start any critical historical studies. However, this massive volume is yet to be digitized. It is only available as pdf images. You have to leaf through page by page.
Wikipedia has a list of authors and the era for each volume of MPG. This is very helpful for finding a specific author like Cosmas Indicopleustes, Nicephorus Gregoras, or other names that are relatively unknown to the English speaking world.
Helpful Greek articles
Information on where to start, resources and strategies.
An outline of how to approach and translate Alexandrian Greek.
How to recognize and respect the diacritic markings in Ancient Greek.
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.
How to utilize Google Books to do ancient Greek word searches. Not always reliable, but when it does, it is a real time-saver.
Examples and solutions to the wide range use of the infinitive in ancient Greek.
Why understanding classical Greek philosophy is a critical requirement in translating Greek Patristic writings.
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.
A handy article by the Patrologist on the use and uniqueness of some Greek and Latin verbs using the middle voice.
Readers and Supplementary
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.