Keep your Greek (07)

5 02 2009

Image by superhoop via Flickr

Image by superhoop via Flickr

7. Read slow.

While it’s a good thing to practice reading Greek fast (see my last post), it’s very important to balance that with reading slow. Not because reading slow is necessarily an inherently good thing, but the point is that you practice reading Greek carefully. Take care with the details; examine the shape of the clauses, notice what the text is really saying, not just what you think it ought to be saying.

This kind of reading is important because we can find in the Greek text the kinds of things that many of us learnt Greek for in the first place: little hidden nuances and exegetical nuggets that are conveyed by the Greek, but are so often lost in English translation. It also helps in your mission to keep your Greek. If you skip over things all the time, you might find that you eventually lose your hard-earned sharpness.

Posted by Con Campbell

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2 responses

6 02 2009
Joseph Griffin

Con,

I really appreciate your series of posts related to keeping your Greek. The tips that I have already put into use have been very helpful so far. I really appreciate your service to me and others through these posts.

Joseph

8 02 2009
Con Campbell

Thanks Joseph, I’m glad it’s been useful.




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