iTunesU: One Course Completed

Yesterday I finished my first series of lectures obtained through iTunesU. I listened to 24 fascinating lectures from Dr Donal Kagan. The lectures began with a normal introduction “Why Ancient Greece matters today.” Then he lectured from quickly from the Homeric period and before up until the death of King Philip of Macedonia (Alexander the Great’s father). The focus of the course dealt with the classical period of 800-300 B.C. I’m now much more informed on Greek history than I was prior! I only wish that he had covered Alexander the Great too. After all, he was named after me ;-).

To those who haven’t checked out iTunesU yet, there is a wealth of good stuff there.

Recent Purchases

So I made two purchases recently, one for accordance and one more traditional. I had a coupon for Accordance, so I went ahead and got the BDAG/HALOT bundle. I’m quite happy to add these two lexicons to my library. HALOT won’t do me much good until I start learning Hebrew, but since I do plan to at least pick up the basics one day I’m sure it will come in handy. And I’m definitely excited about BDAG. The 2nd edition print version is fantastic. Having the 3rd version on the computer will be even better. I’m looking forward to not having to open Thayer as often ;-). I also added the “Apologists” module which includes the Greek texts of Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Athenagoras, and Theophylus of Antioch. It’s always nice to have additional morphologically tagged Greek texts ;-).

The other purchase was from, also with a coupon. I got Whitacre’s Patristic Greek Reader and also the Barnes and Noble classic edition of Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric. I’m extremely excited about the Patristic Greek Reader. I had forgotten that it existed and was looking for a Patristic reader! The Aristotle works were largely to get free shipping, but I’m excited to read more on Greek rhetoric. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to read them in Greek!


Accordance has arrived!

The title says it all. My copy of accordance arrived today and I’m quite excited. I’ve already purchased the Apostolic Fathers add-on. Now I just have to learn how to use this amazing tool!

Also, I got The Deliverance of God by Douglas Campbell from the Library. I don’t know that I’ll ever work my way through all of it, but it looks interesting so far. Finally, I got A Reader’s Greek English Lexicon from the Library as well. I’m not sure if it’ll be helpful to my memorization stuff, but it may.



As part of the aforementioned guidance, I also felt compelled to finally purchase some nice Bible software. I had nearly decided on logos, but at the last minute I decided to purchase the Accordance Scholar’s Premier package. I’ll have access to an electronic NA27 Greek text, some wonderful lexicons, the NET Translation notes, and the Septuagint! I also plan on purchasing the apostolic fathers for use with my paper on Ignatius, and eventually BDAG as well. I’ve a hard copy of the older edition, but it will be nice have electronic access to the best Greek lexicon out there!

It has certainly been an exciting couple of days.

On another note, does anyone know what the name of the book that has the vocabulary chapter by chapter in the Greek New Testament, instead of in alphabetical order? I was thinking it might be useful if it’s not too expensive, but I can’t remember its name.