The Biblical Greek language seminar in Berea (Veria), organized by Alexandria Institute and New Creation In Christ, has been organized with the mission of glorifying God by offering the basic and necessary tools to those who are passionate about studying 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 first two weeks of August, from August 01 2013 through August 12 2013, mostly in the city of Berea, in North Greece. The duration of the course in total is 10 days and includes over 40 hours of language and exegetical classes and workshops in 5 days. Included are also various cultural activities, and visits to all the 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
DAY 1 – USA – ATHENS
Depart USA to Athens.
DAY 2 – ATHENS
Arrival at Athens Airport, meet your tour guide and bus driver and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3 – ATHENS – CORINTH – CENCHREAE – ATHENS
Saturday, October 12, 2013: Drive along the picturesque Corinthian Gulf via its historic canal to Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where the apostle Paul lived and worked and from where he sent his first and second letters to the Corinthians. Continue to Cenchreae, the ancient seaport from where the apostle Paul set sail for Ephesus. Afternoon visit of Athens (Acts 17:15) with the spectacular Parthenon and Mars Hill, where the apostle Paul preached to the philosophers of his day Visit to Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. Dinner and overnight stay. Exegetical lecture on Paul in Corinth.
DAY 4 – ATHENS – METEORA – (BEREA) VERIA
Sunday, October 13, 2013. Visit in the Greek Evangelical Church in Athens or in an Orthodox Church for fellowship. We drive our way to Veria by the spectacular Meteora, with its thousand-year-old Byzantine monasteries perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks. We continue our trip to Veria and to our hotel (Hotel Vermion), dinner and overnight stay. Exegetical lecture on Paul’s sermon at the Areopagus.
DAY 5 – (BEREA) VERIA
08:00 – 12:00 Biblical Greek Seminar: Greek language history, grammar, syntax historical context, tools of study, software training.
14:00 to 16:00 Biblical Greek Seminar.
17:00 to 18:00: Exegetical (book of Acts): Lecture, discussion.
Visit and walk to Veria, to Apostle Paul’s Bema (Acts 17:10), Synagogue and Byzantine Churches. Return to the hotel and dinner.
DAY 6 – (BEREA) VERIA
17:00 to 18:00: Exegetical study (book of Acts): Lecture, discussion. Free afternoon. Optional visit to nearby villages or monasteries. Return to the hotel and dinner.
DAY 7 – (BEREA) VERIA – ANCIENT MIEZA – EDESSA
08:00 – 12:00 Biblical Greek Seminar: Greek language, history, grammar, syntax historical context, tools of study, software training.
17:00 to 18:00: Exegetical study (book of Acts): Lecture, discussion.
Held in the school of Aristotle in Ancient Mieza, i where the great philosopher taught Alexander the Great. Visit to Edessa, return to the hotel and dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 8 – (BEREA) VERIA – ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF DION – VERGINA
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. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 9 – (BEREA) VERIA – BYZANTINE MUSEUM
08:00 – 12:00 Biblical Greek Seminar: Greek language, history, grammar, syntax historical context, tools of study, presentation of Logos software.
Visit to the Byzantine museum, return to the hotel dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 10 – (BEREA) VERIA – KAVALA – PHILIPPI – THESSALONIKI
We drive on our way to Philippi by the Lion statue of Amphipolis (Acts 17:1). Drive to 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). Exegetical study on location. Arrival to our hotel in Thessaloniki dinner and overnight stay
DAY 11 – THESSALONIKI – ATHENS
Today we discover 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. Exegetical study on location. Departure for Athens, arrival at the hotel dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 12 – ATHENS – USA
Departure from Athens, flight to USA
CURRICULUM OF BIBLICAL GREEK COURSE:
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES – 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. Entrance fees in museums and various archaeological sites are extra and they are not included in the cost of the course.
COST OF THE COURSE
The total cost for the Biblical Greek course in Berea is _____EUROS (for a double shared room). The fee for a single room is ____Euros. In this fee are included:
• The course: 35 hours of seminars and discussion
•All teaching material (books, photocopies, CD, DVD)
• 10 nights accommodation
• Buffet breakfast & Dinner daily
• Access to the archaeological, historical sites & museums as specified in the itinerary
• 10 full days transportation – in most modern deluxe air-conditioned coach
• All the excursions mentioned in the program
• Mini bus and driver available
• Travel insurance
• Highway tolls
Flights to and from Athens
Extra meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Extra expenses of personal nature
Tips for tour guide and bus driver
For information or registration please contact:
Gad Barnea: email@example.com, +1.415.902.1173 (USA)
Andreas Tselikas: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +30 697 252 6788 (GREECE)
or complete our on line form: http://www.alexandria-institute.com/school-of-greek/reservations/
The course is organized by Alexandria Institute (Athens) and New Creation In Christ with the cooperation of Joy Tours.
(program details subject to change for weather or logistical reasons)