Read the Greek New Testament in One Year

Here’s a schedule for reading the New Testament over the course of 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 the new reader’s edition of the Greek New Testament that Crossway recently published (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

11 Responses to Read the Greek New Testament in One Year

  1. Judd Rumley December 28, 2011 at 11:25 am #


    This may be to simplistic but a chapter a day Monday through Friday will get you through in a year and leaves the weekends for catch up.

    Thanks for all your blogging in 2011. Looking forward to 2012.



  2. Dan Phillips December 28, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Just once? Psh. Pikers.

  3. Mike Bird December 29, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Does the Crossway Gk NT reader have vocab list + textual apparatus at bottom of page?

  4. Tim Webb December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Dr. Burk, Thanks for publicizing this. If you’ve learned Koine Greek, this volume is literally worth its weight in gold!!!

  5. Sam Freney January 1, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Disclosure: I’m the developer. 🙂

    For those without access to a reader’s edition, but with an iPhone, the Greek Reader’s Lexicon app will give you a verse-by-verse lexicon of rare words. I made the app so I could do this sort of thing – read through chunks of the Greek NT without cheating too much with an English Bible. Hopefully it’ll be useful to others.


  6. Jerry Vines January 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Dr. Burk. I try to read mine through at least every other year. I am currently reading through on my iPad. The OliveTree software has a fabulous Greek text. Touch the word on the screen and it parses the verbs for you, etc. The absolute best system I have found. Jerry Vines

  7. scott mckenzie April 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    thanks for posting this – looking forward to trying to get daily once I’m done school.


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