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by Ted Hildebrandt

Learning New Testament Greek is a difficult task. Many have started only to be frustrated by the inherent difficulty of the task or the pace of their classroom instruction. Computer expert and biblical scholar Ted Hildebrandt offers a multimedia, interactive Greek learning program that can serve as a supplement to classroom instruction, a self-teaching device, or a refresher course for the busy pastor. The heart of Mastering New Testament Greek is an interactive tutorial program built around 28 lessons that walk the student through the basics of Greek vocabulary and grammar. The student is able to work at his or her own pace, to repeat lessons until achieving mastery, to actively participate in a multisensory learning process, and to hear the correct pronunciation of the Greek words throughout the program. The interactive program is supplemented by electronic books in printable format, including a traditional Greek grammar, a workbook with exercises for each chapter, a vocabulary builder to aid memorization, and a basic Greek-to-English dictionary.
Download Mastering New Testament Greek on CD-ROM: An Interactive Guide for Beginners (Greek Edition) epub
ISBN: 0801027594
ISBN13: 978-0801027598
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: Ted Hildebrandt
Language: Greek
Publisher: Baker Academic; Cdr edition (October 1, 2003)
ePUB size: 1529 kb
FB2 size: 1998 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 398
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Because it was produced in 2003 (which I knew) It would not work with Windows 7. However I was able to install it using Windows XP Virtual.
This is a fine program, created by an unusually tech-savvy biblical studies scholar. I only want to call attention here to the fact that the author has also posted a web-based version of this product that might be sufficient for your needs -- and also might avoid any compatibility issues. Since this product is no longer manufactured/published by Baker Book House, use of the web-based version will not detract from sales from anyone save those charging exorbitant sums for this out-of-print product.

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It's not terrible, but it isn't great (none of the "interactive CD" ones I've seen are). It doesn't substitute for a good book (like Mounce's, which for its shortcomings is still my favorite).

Verbal pronunciations are very helpful for not only learning to pronounce the words, but to memorize the vocabulary. Since the biggest obstacle to learning Greek is knowing how English "works", there are helps in this regard. Material covers an entire first year Greek course.

However lessons are disappointingly very, very short, as are the "drills" (in other words, a lot of ground is covered in a very short lesson). This is excusable for a textbook that assumes you have a teacher to ask questions to, but is much less excusable for an interactive program that attempts to replace the teacher. I suppose Hildebrandt does this on purpose, but I don't like the end results. On the positive side, the lessons are generally short enough to complete in a single sitting, which for those of us who have short attention spans or not a lot of time, is a good thing.

The interface reminds me of Windows 3.1, very simple to use, and anyone who was very new to computers would be able to use the program successfully. It also means that the interface is dated - cheesy window with cheesy icons and very basic navigation.

Another disappointment is that "exceptions" to the rules are given too much attention and end up being confusing (I'd rather he stuck with what's "normal" and pick up the exceptions in later lessons once you've had a chance to master the earlier material).

I also have "Greek Tutor", which I thought was going to be a different product, but is actually the exact same thing without the "extra" ebooks. The books that come with Mastering NT Greek are:
Mastering NT Greek Textbook (MNTG) by T. Hildebrandt (basically this is the same thing as the program in PDF format)
MNTG Workbook (basically the drills in PDF format)
MNTG Vocabulary builder (sets of vocabulary words and basic definitions in PDF format)
MNTG Lexicon (basically a brief dictionary written by Hildebrandt in PDF format)
MNTG Workbook Answers (answers to the drills in PDF format)

You're not really getting anything that isn't already incorporated into the electronic lessons.

My recommendation is to get it if you don't have a teacher and like the interactive experience to keep you going, but supplement it with a textbook (preferably Basics of Biblical Greek by William Mounce). If the drills are too short for you, pick up Mounce's workbook or the "Student's Guide: Essentials of New Testament Greek" workbook by Steven Cox to supplement it.
As an instructor I cut my teeth on Machen and for several years taught using Mounce but this combination of CD and printable texts has really unleashed my students. I like how the verb is introduced first so within 4 lessons students can already start with sentences having verbs and nouns enough to begin with. My students don't feel pressure that they have to copy everything said in class down or try to figure out a phonetic way of writing what was pronounced in clas as they know that the program will pronounce it for them with the click of a mouse.

They really liked saving money buying one CD which has all the textbooks, workbooks, lexicon and a vocabulary builder all in one. The interactive part is an overlap with a program called Greek Tutor but this CD goes far beyond that.

As an instructor I contacted Baker Book House and they made available to me all the PowerPoint slides to teach MNTG to my class. That has saved so much time rather than writing everything on the overhead or board now its just projected in an instant and I didn't have to develop any of them.

The workbook works well having a place for student names with each excercise. I have my students do about 1.5 chapters a week and they like the foldunders which give them the answer on 10-15 examples before they have to try it on their own. There is also an instructor's key provided but the student answer key has all the evens...unfortunately too many of my students used that.

One thing I liked as we draw near to finishing second semester is the Vocab Builder which takes them beyond the first year and introduces a vocabulary building list that will last them the rest of their lives. It comes both in interactive format pronouncing the words and also in a text format similar to Trenchard/Warren's word list. The complete lexicon also takes them beyond second year although I encourage them to think about getting into BibleWorks or BibleWindows.

Not sure whether the program would work for a totally independent situation but it sure works great in the classroom. My students loved it and it gave me the resources that made it easy to teach. Those pre-made PowerPoints saved me tons of class prep time!

Perhaps what I like best is its $32 price tag for basically everything my students needed for first year Greek. Actually I only got through 1 John 1-5 so I directed them over the summer to work through Hildebrandt's easy reader for John 1-5 and also to hit the vocab builder down to about 700 words. If they do that they'll be ready when they come back for second year.

The students are more tech savy than I am and they liked all having all the resources available whenever they wanted them. The scores have gone up in my class as I've used quizzes from previous years and the students are getting and enjoying the materials better than before. I've also been able to move a little more quickly as they have the resources if they don't get it in class.

Greek's still hard for many and I wish there was a purple pill to make it easy but this is the next best thing.