Recently Monergism.com made available links to several of the best resources for learning and using the original languages. Far from “Biblical Greek for Idiots” these are the cream of the crop. These resources are some of the same resources that have stood the test of time as the most valuable and trustworthy tools for adding to your knowledge of God’s Word.
Though it would be difficult for anyone to argue that you must know the original languages to understand God’s Word, it is completely right to say that the more we understand, the more grateful we are for God’s goodness toward us in Christ. May these tools propel you to a greater sense of awe and worship of the One in whom we are declared free from condemnation!
Combine these resources with the audio lectures over at our Theological Training page, and you’ve got everything you’ll need. A man or woman who dove deep into these waters could easily, quickly, and without financial cost equal a seminary student’s understanding of the original languages. The only thing holding you back is time and commitment!
New Testament Greek (Koine)
Greek New Testament – The same resource pastors and seminarians pay plenty of pesos for, available to you for free.
Greek New Testament (Interlinear) – A good tool to begin study. Presents the ancient language with English subtext under each word.
Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar – Want to dive in and learn the language? This helpful and thoughtfully written resource is a standard tool for walking anyone from knowing nothing, to having a solid handle on the basics of the language.
Beginner’s Grammar of the Greek New Testament – A recent release, but geared specifically for those without a background in Greek language study.
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament – Commonly called “Kittel” or “Little Kittel” after it’s author, Gerhard Kittel, this dictionary is one of the treasures of language study. It takes the Greek word and plumbs the depths of uses and meanings to help amplify the study of Scripture.
Vincent’s Word Studies – Having done the work of studying the use of the word from a technical perspective, Vincent’s then presents in a very simple and manageable way the meat of the study.
Ancient Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew Bible – Though foreign-looking and sometimes intimidating, understanding Hebrew provides a wealth of depth to God’s work before and leading to New Testament times. It provides a full context in which to understand the New Testament writings.
Hebrew Bible (Interlinear) – Here is a great beginning resource for those considering beginning the study of the Hebrew Bible.
Basics of Biblical Hebrew – Accessible and geared toward the beginner. One recommendation for learning Hebrew is just to begin with rote memorization of the alphabet. Don’t over think it. Just make some flash cards.
An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax – This resource has been a life-saver to many a Hebrew student. Communication occurs in syntax. That is, how words relate to other words are what makes statements meaningful. This book sums up how the syntax of Hebrew works.
Complete Hebrew-English Lexicon – The historic standard in word meanings for Biblical Hebrew. Often called BDB after its authors Brown, Driver, and Briggs.
Monergism.com continues to grow their list of resources. We’ve only compiled what we considered to the most helpful for fathers and families in our congregation. If you would like to mine the deep places of the web for more, head on over here to see the entire list. It is occasionally updated.