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Beyond diakonia – Basic Greek


Continuing learning opportunities designed primarily for graduates of the diakoniaTM program and rostered ministers.

Fall, 2019, Offering

Basic Greek for Everyone Ic

During Basic Greek for Everyone Ia and Ib, we achieved the following goals and objectives: (a) became “at home” with the Greek alphabet and pronunciation; (b) saw dozens of Greek words that reminded us of English words (called “cognates”; (c) learned a few Greek words that are not like English—for example, και (and), οικος (house), and some prepositions (εν, απο, επι, etc.); (d) saw the derivation of many theological and technical terms; (e) learned the endings for the present tense of verbs ending in -ω; (f) learned the endings for nouns, adjectives, and the definite article (“the”); (g) learned the significance of each ending to show the place/function of each noun, adjective, and definite article in a sentence; (h) learned that the words following a preposition make use of these same endings; (i) learned some of the technical terms used in Greek grammar; (j) learned common pronouns (I, we, you [singular and plural], and he, she, it, they).

If you feel that you are able to work with and “control” Greek at this level, we invite you to join us so that you can refresh what you have learned previously and continue to grow in your understanding and use of New Testament Greek. If you have any questions about whether this is a good place to “jump in,” please contact Trenton Ferro: (724) 762-0305;


  • Found, James. Basic Greek in 30 Minutes a Day: A Self-Study Introduction to New Testament Greek. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2012 (originally published 1983). ISBN: 978-0-7642-0985-7.
  • Fullmer, Paul, & Smith, Robert H. Greek at a Glance: Summary Reference Sheets for Readers of New Testament Greek. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2006. ISBN: 978-1-55635-101-3.

Instructor: Dr. Trenton R. Ferro; (724) 762-0305;

Location: First Lutheran Church, 200 N. Center St., Plano, IL 60545; (630) 552-8263

Dates: Saturdays, September 14, 21; October 19, 26; November 9, 16; 9 a.m.-12:00 noon

Tuition per course: $60.00 (checks payable to “diakoniaTM”). Note that the tuition and payment method are the same as for regular diakoniaTM courses.

Registration procedure: Please complete and submit a registration form. You should also contact the instructor so that the instructor knows of your intention to participate.