A Little Poem on Learning Greek

Any Greek students out there? You should appreciate this little poem written by a first-year student of Scot McKnight [cited in McKnight’s New Testament Greek Grammatical Analysis, 76, n. 6.]

Greek is a language,
At least it used to be.
It killed off all the Greeks
And now it’s killing me.

All have died who ever spoke it.
All have died who ever wrote it.
All will die who ever learn it.
Blessed death, they surely earn it!

Aaaaah, the good old days of learning Greek. I remember working as a night watchman in seminary from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., racing home, showering and eating breakfast, and then getting to Greek class by 8 a.m. Only by the grace of God I got through!

HT: Illumination

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  1. Jeff says:

    Sorry Ray but it’s all Greek to me.

  2. Tom says:

    I have to send this to Jeremiah…. He started class Tuesday. 🙂

  3. Ray Fowler says:


    It’s all Greek to me, too . . . only I can understand it (nyuk, nyuk!).


    I will be praying for Jeremiah and his Greek class. I hope his class is not at 8 a.m.

  4. brad wright says:

    Very funny! I’ll pass it along to my oldest, who is taking Latin in high school… (changing Greek to Latin).

  5. Ray Fowler says:


    I am sure he will enjoy it. The poem, that is – I don’t know about the Latin!

  6. Barrie says:

    I remember hearing that poem when I was taking Latin in High School. Somehow I got thru 4 years of Latin and am still around to talk about it.

  7. Ray Fowler says:

    Interesting, so perhaps this poem was written about Latin before it was written about Greek?

  8. Barrie says:

    Not sure but I can tell you it really hit the mark on my Latin studies.

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