Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in progress) (Master's)
With what the Germans call Sprachgefuehl (feel for language), I have an intuitive grasp of the grammar and structure of English. I can tell if something doesn't sound right when I am listening to the English language. Like a musician with music, I hear all the mistakes. When I am writing, the grammar and spelling come easily, and, as with spoken English, I quickly spot printed mistakes. I am quite a good proofreader. I am not an expert in English lit, but I am very good at grammar and spelling.
Having earned a master's degree in theology, primarily New Testament, I have kept up my Greek studies in the years since graduation. My library contains Greek grammars and lexicons and several other reference works on the study of New Testament Greek, including word studies and commentaries on the Greek text of New Testament books. I do not know classical or modern Greek, but I could give a student the basics of New Testament Greek.
I love words, and etymology, the study of the origin and development of words, is one of my favorite pursuits. Since a large percentage of English words comes from Greek, my knowledge of Greek often helps me with an English word that is new to me. I am probably a "word nerd." My wife says, "Amen." But she still thinks I am nice to have around.
I have not had experience tutoring, but I know these subjects well and would have no trouble developing a sound approach based on the needs of each individual student. Not all students are "cookie cutter, the same," and neither would my approach be. With what the Germans call Sprachgefuehl (feel for language), I have an intuitive grasp of the grammar and structure of English. I can tell if something doesn't sound right when I am listening to the English language. Like a musician with music, I hear all the mistakes. When I am writing, the grammar and spelling come easily, and, as with spoken
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The approach to Bible studies would depend largely on the student's knowledge and desires. Some students would be much more advanced than others. For a relative beginner, one would need to learn to distinguish the Old Testament from the New Testament, the books in each Testament, the grouping of books in each Testament (e.g., the Pentateuch or books of Moses in the Old Testament or the letters of Paul in the New Testament). Once these basics were learned, the student's desires would probably determine the direction in which we would go. If he or she wanted just factual information so as to know what the Bible says, we would read and discuss books so as to develop that knowledge. If the desire were more for interpretation, then we would discuss various interpretations. I would probably assign the student books to read about the Bible as a whole or about Bible books. There are many directions in which one could go with Bible studies.
Tutoring in Greek involves learning the alphabet (which comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha = a, beta = b), the eight parts of speech, vocabulary, and sentence structure. Then one would move on to nouns and verbs to learn the gender and cases of nouns and their inflections in each case, masculine and plural, and the conjugation of verbs. After those basics, one would concentrate on increasing vocabulary and reading Greek. I would have a student begin reading in the Gospel of John, the easiest Greek in the New Testament, and would start this as early as possible in order to give the student a sense of accomplishment so as to encourage him or her to continue. There are also elements of Greek, such as particles and idiomatic structures, which would need to be dealt with on an "as encountered" basis. Beyond that would come more difficult reading and, if desired, interpretation.