In the Middle Ages, few Catholic scholars paid much attention to the original language of the New Testament Scriptures. The Latin Vulgate was established from around 360 AD as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church, and it was treated as if it was divinely inspired by Catholics for centuries. At the time of the Renaissance, however, Catholic scholars like Desiderius Erasmus began challenging the Church to return to the study of the original languages, to study the writings actually inspired by the Holy Spirit.
In 1943, Pope Pius XII published the encyclical Divino Afflante Spiritu, promoting the study of biblical texts in the original languages.
“In this our time…there are now such abundant aids to the study of these languages that the biblical scholar, who by neglecting them would deprive himself of access to the original texts, could in no wise escape the stigma of levity and sloth.”.
In other words, we who wish to study the Sacred Scriptures, and have access to so many resources, have no excuse for being ignorant of the original languages. If we are, we have only our our “levity and sloth” to blame.
Those are some harsh words.
Greek Grammar & Reading in the CLAA
In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy we won’t be charged with this slothfulness! We offer students the opportunity to study ancient Greek in our Greek Grammar and Greek Reading courses.
In Greek Grammar, we study the art of grammar using a textbook published by the 17th century Jesuit grammarian Jacob Gretser. In the first course, we study Greek letters and the parts of speech. In the second course, we study the rules of construction in Greek. In the final course, we study the rules of accent and meter, necessary for the study of poetry and music.
In Greek Reading students are immersed in real Greek from day one. In the first course, we study the Greek text of the Gospel of St. John. In the second course, we move on to study the Greek prose of Aristotle and Plato. In the final course, we study the Greek poetry of Homer.
All of our courses in Greek are self-paced, allowing students to move along as they are able. There are no deadlines or expiration dates. Course enrollment includes all necessary study materials, video resources (where necessary), online quizzes, graded assignments, records and support.
Get started in Greek today by enrolling in the Academy Study Center.
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy