For the second time, a small but hardy band of Schola students has assembled in Moscow, Idaho, from around the U.S. to study Greek intensively for one week. The instructor is again the rigorous but infectiously enthusiastic Mr. John Schwandt, instructor in Greek and Latin at New St. Andrews College. Most of this group took Greek In A Week 1 from Mr. Schwandt last summer and have returned to further imbed the language of the Greek New Testament in their minds, reviewing Machen's New Testament Greek for Beginners (which they covered from front to back last summer in GIAW1), learning intermediate (and some advanced) grammar, and reading in the New Testament Greek. They translated all 5 chapters of 1 John, half of the first chapter of the gospel of John, and portions of some of Paul's epistles. The group is composed of Candace Spain (Texas), Ruth Ann Childress (Indiana), Emily Callihan (Idaho), Meghan Kincaid (Alaska), Kevin Kimball (Washington), Jake McCloy (Texas), Brendan Sandham (Ohio), and Ben Finnegan (New Mexico). Most of these students have also studied Greek in Schola for one or more years.

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The students are all residing for the week in the beautiful old Bavarian-chalet style Moscow mansion, called the Big Haus, of Evan and Leslie Wilson.

The Wilsons have a lovely yard, conducive to conversation, contemplative thought, or reading.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson provide a relaxed breakfast each morning before the day's 9 hours of Greek.

Class meets at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Schwandt, a 15 minute walk from the Wilson manse.

Mr. Schwandt began class Monday morning with an introduction and explanation of objectives for the week.

He soon has the students translating on their own to see how much they remember from last year.

Then they begin studying new vocabulary for their day's work in John 1.

Mr. Schwandt often uses a small whiteboard to illustrate points.

At break time, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, the students scatter.

 Mrs.Schwandt provides the students with snacks in the morning and afternoon, and lunch at mid-day.

Mr. Schwandt moves class indoors when it gets too hot outside in the afternoon.

The students rack their brains as they do double translations (translating from Greek into English, then from English back into Greek), memorize passages, and translate yet again after in-depth discussions of subjunctives, pronunciation variants, and other linguistic and philological exotica.

Each evening, the Wilsons provide dinner.

Wednesday evening, after watching Toy Story dubbed in Greek, the students sang hymns while Leslie Wilson played the piano. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Callihan joined in.

Thursday morning Mr. Schwandt showed pictures of his month-long trip to Greek in June, and illustrated some of the battles of the Persian Wars with pictures he'd taken of the actual sites as well as as hand-drawn maps on the whiteboard.

Later that morning the students went on a field trip to the Washington State University special collections and rare books room, where Mr. Trevor James Bond, the curator, kindly let the students ooh and ahh over books from the 16th through the 19th centuries, as well as some fragments of papyrus manuscripts from the classical age.

Thursday afternoon, the class walked to East City Park in Moscow and studied at a picnic table, till thunder ended the studies.

Thursday evening after dinner the students all came out to the Callihan farm in Potlatch where they sat around a fire incinerating marshmallows and talking.

Friday afternoon the group went to East City Park in Moscow to work again and took frisbee and baseball breaks.

"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth... So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth..."

Greek In A Week 2, 2001 (with some help from Atlas)


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