A plan to read the Greek New Testament in a year

Several years ago, I created a plan to read through the Greek New Testament in a year. For the most part, it tracks pretty closely with Lee Irons’ excellent schedule for reading the Greek New Testament in a year. My plan, however, varies a little bit. Because John’s writing is simpler Greek, my schedule goes through John’s Gospel at a faster pace than Irons’. As a result, there are no readings scheduled at the end of the year from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. These open dates at the end can be used as catch-up days. The schedule is given in two formats below.

DOC – Read the Greek NT in a Year

PDF – Read the Greek NT in a Year

If you are serious about reading, you might consider Crossway’s reader’s edition of the Greek New Testament (pictured at top right). This volume contains the text of the UBS Greek New Testament. There are other reader’s editions of the Greek New Testament on the market, but I believe that this is the only UBS that is available with a premium leather cover. This edition features the Greek text above notes on every page. The notes include parsings of difficult verb forms as well as translations of Greek words occurring 30 times or less in the New Testament. A dictionary in the back defines words occurring 30 times or more. It’s available now from Amazon.com.

7 Responses to A plan to read the Greek New Testament in a year

  1. David McKay December 28, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    I’ve been reading through ? ????? ??????? with Gary Shogren’s and others. We will finish our last book, Hebrews, on 1st January.

  2. Christiane Smith December 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Are there any particularly beautiful recorded audio readings through the sacred Scriptures recommended for those who are visually-challenged? I am thinking of a friend who might benefit from this. Thanks for any recommendations.

  3. Jason Sturkie December 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Dr. Burk, as a pastor who took Greek in seminary and has attempted to resurrect it with Dr. Plummer’s daily medicinal help, what should my goal be for reading through the Greek Testament? There will be much that I will read with no comprehension (at first). But, if I stop to look everything up, I will burn out for lack of time – as previous years have shown.

    My real question for you: Is there profit in just reading right through the NT, even if I can’t understand 40 or 50% of what I’m reading, or is it your opinion that I should take it at the slower pace and look up all unknowns in order to increase comprehension?

    Thanks. Blessings in the new year.

    • Denny Burk December 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Go for a base level comprehension. Only adopt this reading plan if it’s a pace you can reasonably keep up with.

  4. Lee Stroud January 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Rather than doing that, I suggest that you look at N.T. Greek words with their parsing categories and subcategories. You might get more out it that way.


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