Friday, May 30, 2008

Greek New Testament Reading Program

Jim Hamilton (For His Reknown) posted praiseworthy comments of Lee Irons' Annual Greek Reading Program. I've looked over this and love it. In his explanation of this schedule, Irons asks the student to set aside at least 30 minutes per day to do this. He also recommends reading from a hardcopy text and having a notebook and pencil at hand for note taking. Per the calendar, today and tomorrow are free days. Sunday the 1st of June picks up in the middle of John 18.

I've been reading my UBSGNTre on a periodic basis and when I work on sermon prep. I'm going to try out this calendar to see if I can maintain a more consistent schedule. I hope that you'll consider this too!

Here are some highlights from Irons' Introduction to the reading program with pertinent links.
Annual Greek Reading Program (PDF 2 pp.)
Read-Greek Calendar 2008 (PDF 1 p.)

The Program
There are 260 chapters in the Greek New Testament. Of these, 74 chapters are 38 verses or longer: Matt 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 21-27; Mark 1, 4-6, 8-10, 12, 14, 15; Luke 1-12, 18-24; John 1, 4-13, 18, 19; Acts 2, 5, 7-10, 13, 15, 16, 19-21, 27; Rom 8; 1 Cor 7, 14, 15; Heb 10, 11. To read the Greek New Testament in a year, read one chapter per day. Chapters that are 38 verses or longer may be divided and read over two days. This method yields a total of 334 (260 + 74) daily readings. It also allows you to take 31 days off each year.

Texts and Tools

See you on the beach with your Greek NT! :)

Related Posts:
3 Readers Editions of the Greek New Testament (RGNT1, RGNT2 & UBSGNT:re)
Book Review: The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition