Greek Moves Online with Expanded Access

Hartford Seminary has a proven track record of preparing students to pass Greek language qualifying exams for ordination or graduation at graduate schools and seminaries, and many have taken our Greek courses just for enrichment and for the joy of reading scripture in the original language. Now we’re making access global by putting our instruction online.

There are several ways to study Greek this fall with Dr. Edward Duffy, who has a passion for teaching Greek and refuses to leave any student behind. Dr. Duffy  believes studying sacred text in the original language is a “treasure waiting to be unlocked.”

What’s New in 2020

In addition to being able to learn online, students in both first and second year Greek will purchase a paperback facsimile of First Lessons in Greek by the 19th Century African American classicist, William Sanders Scarborough — as a supplemental text. Scarborough intended his book to be used by New Testament Greek classes.

Aside from giving a rare insight into African American classical scholarship, the book will be used to help students build foundational vocabulary that is too often neglected in New Testament Greek vocabulary.  Words like “bridge,” or “soldier,” or “island”  have traditionally not been included in first year New Testament vocabulary lists because they are not among the most common words in Johannine word lists.  But foundational Greek words like these (which Scarborough does feature) actually do show up in New Testament readings, and the student will benefit greatly from studying them.

Class Options

LG-561 Introduction to New Testament Greek I

Meets via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., starting Sept. 8, 2020.

In this introductory class, which assumes no prior knowledge, students get all the essential components of reading the language, including 80 percent of words in John’s gospel. It’s a “tool kit” that will allow you to grasp all the basics of Greek grammar and syntax.

LG-661: Readings in New Testament Greek I

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., starting Sept. 9, 2020.

This intermediate level course is designed to enable students to read the New Testament in Greek, concentrating on grammar and vocabulary building. Students will be introduced to the wide variety of Greek styles present in the New Testament writings. Prerequisite: LG-562 Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part II or permission of the instructor.

Questions about these academic classes? Contact our admissions office at

God’s Word in Greek

Did you take Greek years ago and decide you’d like to brush off the cobwebs? Join one of our two groups reading Greek in non-credit, no-pressure sessions that emphasis enjoyment and personal growth through translation. This class will get you back in the swing of translation. The only difference between the two is the length and frequency of the sessions (same total time).

Online Once a Month
(Previously the Hartford-based class) 

Classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Tuesday of each month. Register for the Fall session (five two-hour classes) for $120, or for the Fall and Spring sessions (10 two-hour classes) for $200. Payment is accepted online via credit card. Register button

Fall 2020

Sept. 15
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
Dec. 15
Jan. 19(2021)

Spring 2021

Feb. 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15

Online Twice a Month
(Previously the Fairfield-based class)

Classes are 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Register for the Fall session (10 one-hour classes) for $120, or for both Fall and Spring sessions (20 one-hour classes) for Register button$200. Payment is accepted online via credit card.

Fall 2020

Sept. 2 and 16
Oct. 7 and 21
Nov. 4 and 18
Dec. 2 and 16
Jan. 6 and 20 (2021)

Spring 2021

Feb. 3 and 17
March 3 and 17
April 7 and 21
May 5 and 19
June 2 and 16

Questions about God’s Word in Greek? Contact Susan Schoenberger, Director of Communications, at


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