[quote author=Bert de Haan link=board=2;threadid=159;start=0#773 date=1055198679]<br />I am trying to learn on my own. would either one of these books be suitable?<br />[/quote]<br /><br />I my own opinion and experience most language learning books are going to have serious limitations for the autodidact. No book can anticipate all your questions. As a result people like myself who love languages tend to accumulate several books for each language. I have quite the collection of intro Greek textbooks.
<br /><br />I loathe Paine. I think it's a horrid book for most beginners, but excellent for a rapid review for people who know Attic or Koine already, and need a quick refresher.<br /><br />I have nothing to say about Athenaze.<br /><br />If you have already started a bit with books from Textkit, and know the alphabet, and aren't afraid of the idea of a noun declension or a conjugation, then I always recommend Pharr's Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
. It is also fast going, but not nearly so rapid as Paine, who can be overwhelming.<br /><br />Why start with Homer if you intend to read the NT?<br /><br />
- You learn the most basic meanings of words. In Homer, [face=SPIonic]a(marta/nw[/face] means to "miss the mark" as in a missed arrow; in the NT, "to sin."<br /><br />
- The grammar is clear. This is harder to explain to someone who doesn't already know Greek, but the morphology of Homer is for various reasons easier to learn. The later Attic and Koine forms are for the most part predictable from the Homeric forms - in fact, are usually given in Homeric form in many Textbooks as a reference - see "contraction" in any textbook or Grammar. Homer contracts less.<br /><br />
- Pharr's book has you reading real, live Greek, with copious footnotes, by lesson 13. I feel very, very strongly that practicing Greek on isolated sentences is a bad idea. It gives a horrible impression of what Greek is really like. Greek grammar makes most sense in the mass.<br /><br />
- Reading Homer is fun.<br />
<br /><br />So, while I do advise against Paine, I think you should grab one book and start in, but be prepared to have questions, and just ask them here.