A Helpful Resource for Learning Greek Vocab

Today there are tons of resources to help people learn biblical Greek. From apps to videos to flashcards, thankfully we have quite a few tools at our disposal for learning NT Greek. And people are different. Some learn vocabulary best with flashcards. Others learn well from an app. I’m a bit old school when it comes to learning a language. Along with in-person classroom instruction, I need a book or physical paper to best learn a language. Back when I was in college this book was super helpful for me when I was learning NT Greek vocab: Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek.

This book is a good one for learning Greek vocab words because it is structured in a very helpful way. In the first chapter, there’s a nicely structured list of vocab words noted according to frequency in the NT. It starts with vocab used more than 500 times or more in the NT and it goes all the way down to words used 10 times or more in the NT. This helps you prioritize vocab memory.

The second chapter lists NT vocab words according to their roots (απ-, αγ-, δεκ-, καλ-, etc.). This is helpful in learning vocab because it helps you see the roots of the vocab words along with their meaning. The second appendix is another helpful aspect of this book because it lists the Greek prepositions and gives a very nice diagram/drawing of the meaning of prepositions along with an alphabetical list of NT prepositions. There are other very important aspects of this book as well – I’ve just listed a few.

Anyway, suffice it to say that I recommend Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek for a nice visual and well laid-out resource to learn and memorize NT Greek vocabulary words. In fact, this book is also a good review resource for those who are more advanced in their understanding/knowledge of NT Greek. It’s a book that Greek students will benefit from now and into the future.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015