In the footsteps of Apostle Paul
The Biblical Greek language seminar in Berea (Veria), organized by Alexandria Institute with the mission to offer the basic and necessary tools to those who are passionate about studying Ancient Greek language and the Word of God in an exegetical context and in the original language in which the New Testament was written, that is in Biblical or Koine (Κοινή) Greek.
Why is learning Greek important?
Learning Biblical Greek is essential for Christian education. Even though there is a variety of good translations in English and other languages, the mere number and variety of these works shows that there is always something lost in translation. Motivated Christians who read and study and possibly teach the Old and the New Testament in the original language can advance their understanding of the Bible and improve their exegetical skills.
What does the Biblical Greek course offer?
One of the chief goals of this seminar is to inspire more Christians to learn Greek and to offer all the essential tools to build a solid foundation of linguistic knowledge, exegetical skills and Biblical understanding. The Curriculum includes a comprehensive study of the basic elements of Biblical Greek, historical insight of the evolution of the Greek language, an introduction to the cultural and social context of the period in which Biblical Texts where written and essential bibliography for the study of the Holy Scriptures. The course also includes the study of various software programs that help in the analysis of the Greek text with a special focus on Logos Bible Software. Finally, the course complements the study with an exegetical study of the book of Acts, based on the material studied.
When and where will this course take place?
The Biblical Greek course takes place during the last two weeks of September, from September 14 2014 through September 27 2014, mostly in the city of Berea, in North Greece. The duration of the course in total is 14 days and includes over 50 hours of language and exegetical classes and workshops. Various cultural activities are optional and visits to some Greek sites mentioned in the book of Acts, as well as excursions to monasteries, and other historical and religious sites.
Who can participate?
The Biblical Greek Course is open to all motivated Christians who are currently studying or want to read and study the Holy Scriptures in the original language. People from different countries and cultures are invited to join this course. However, the course is taught in English.
Berea (Veria in Modern Greek) is on the site of ancient Berea, a city of Emathia in Northern Greece. The Apostle Paul and his companion Silas preached to the Jewish and Greek communities of the city in AD 50/51 or 54/55. In the Acts 17: 11-12 is mentioned: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men” “οὗτοι δὲ ἦσαν εὐγενέστεροι τῶν ἐν Θεσσαλονίκῃ, οἵτινες ἐδέξαντο τὸν λόγον μετὰ πάσης προθυμίας, τὸ καθ᾿ ἡμέραν ἀνακρίνοντες τὰς γραφὰς εἰ ἔχοι ταῦτα οὕτως”. Πολλοὶ μὲν οὖν ἐξ αὐτῶν ἐπίστευσαν, καὶ τῶν Ἑλληνίδων γυναικῶν τῶν εὐσχημόνων καὶ ἀνδρῶν οὐκ ὀλίγοι». Bereans and the city of Berea represent the spirit of studying and examine the Scriptures, a spirit that we want to serve and propagate by organizing our Biblical Greek course in this significant city.
PROGRAM OF THE COURSE
• Sunday, September 14, 2014. Arrival and check in.
• Monday, September 15 – Friday, September 19 and Monday, September 22 – Friday, September 26, from 9:00 to 13:00 Biblical Greek lessons. The weekend of 20 – 21 September is free for the students to use for optional excursions.
• Every afternoon from 17:00 to 18:00 Exegetical (book of Acts): Lecture, discussion,
• Friday, September 26, 2014. Graduation with representatives of Alexandria Institute and Greek local authorities.
• Saturday, September 27, 2014. Departure from Veria and see you next year!
CURRICULUM OF BIBLICAL GREEK COURSE:
- Introduction in the history of Greek language. Biblical Greek – a “continuum” in the evolution of Greek language.
- Introduction in the historical and linguistic context of the period in which New Testament was written. Discussion about transmission of the text of Holy Scriptures.
- Basic Elements of Greek language: Alphabet and Pronunciation.
- Comprehensive overview of all basic mechanisms of the language and introduction in grammatical and syntactical phenomena.
- An exegetical insight into basic terms of the Bible.
- Useful websites and internet resources in studying the Bible.
CULTURAL ACTIVITES – EXCURSIONS
Our teachers will be available to accompany and guide you in some of the most historical and characteristic places of the Berea and surrounding area: Our pilgrimage course is enriched by visiting places of religious and historical importance, such as monasteries and libraries provided with byzantine manuscripts and rare books, archaeological sites, churches and other monuments that they will enlighten and support the study of the Bible. These activities and excursions are optional, entrance fees in museums and various archaeological sites are extra and they are not included in the cost of the course. The minimum cost per person for each excursion is 30 € and a minimum of 5 persons is required. You can choose one or more of the following excursions:
EXCURSION 1: Visit and walk to Veria, to Apostle Paul’s Bema (Acts 17:10), Synagogue and Byzantine Churches.
EXCURSION 2: Visit to the archaeological park of Dion, in the foot of Mount Olympus and in the archeological museum of Vergina, where is the tomb of the Macedonian King Philip, the father of Alexander the great.
EXCURSION 3: Visit in the school of Aristotle in Ancient Mieza, where the great philosopher taught Alexander the Great.
EXCURSION 4: Visit in the city of Philippi (Acts 19:19), where Paul established the first church in Europe. Here we see the river where Lydia and possibly the jailer were baptized and the ancient Forum and jail where Paul and Silas were kept. On the return journey, we pass by the beautiful city of Kavala (Neapolis) (Acts 16:11).
EXCURSION 5: Visit to the city of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:6) where Paul also preached and to where he sent his first and second letters to the Thessalonians. Here we see the Egnatian Road, the Galerius Arch, the Citadel, Byzantine churches, the Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine Museum .
EXCURSION 6: Wine and Vineyard Cultural Itinerary through Naousa and Edessa.
The program will be held at Hotel Vermion. Students are offered accommodation in this marvelous Hotel situated at the foot of Mountain Vermio, in a perennial plane and on the shores of Arapitsa offering relaxation and tranquility.An ideal choice for those looking to stay in an environment combining traditional Greek hospitality and luxury. All rooms have TV , Internet (Wi-Fi), central heating, individual air condition, telephone, mini bar, hairdryer.
GETTING TO HOTEL VERMION
By airplane to Athens and then by bus (Terminal A, Kifissou Str. 100) to Naoussa and after by taxi to Hotel Vermion.
It is also possible to arrange your transfer (by coach or taxi) from Athens or Thessaloniki dirrectly to Hotel Vermion. When you complete the registration form please let us know if you wish this service.
A minimum number of 5 participants and a maximum of 8 students is required. However, it is up to the Institute whether to run courses with a fewer number of students. If a class (level) has less than 4 students, the teaching hours will be reduced to 3 hours per day if there are 3 or 2 students, or to 2.5 hours per day (private lessons) if there is 1 student for the same course fee.
Deadline for registration and payment TWO MONTHS before the beginning of the lessons.
COST OF THE COURSE
The total cost for the Biblical Greek course in Berea is 930 EUROS (for a double shared room). There is a supplementary charge of 250 euros for a single room. In this fee are included:
• The course: 50 hours of seminars and discussion
•All teaching material (books, photocopies, CD, DVD)
• 13 nights accommodation at Hotel Vermion.
• Buffet breakfast
• A meal at the end of the course
All the excursions mentioned in the program
Extra meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Extra expenses of personal nature
Tips for tour guide and bus driver
REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
For information please contact us : firstname.lastname@example.org and for registration please complete our on line form
The course is organized by Alexandria Institute (Athens).
(program details subject to change for weather or logistical reasons)