How we started…
In the autumn of 2012 at our Theology group at Ss Peter and Paul Church Buckingham one member asked about learning Hebrew in order to read the Old Testament in the original.
After some planning meetings the Hebrew Group started in January 2013 with 5 members all keen to learn this strange (at least it was strange to us) language.
Later that same year, after tentatively floating the idea in the church pew leaflet, the planning was started for a NT Greek Group. This began in January 2014 with 12 members all raring to go.
During the Summer of 2014 several prospective students asked about Latin. An interest meeting was held in September 2014 and it was decided to begin Latin Courses. For Latin some were interested in Ecclesiastical Latin, particularly with regard to singing in Choirs, and others were more interested in the Classics. It was therefore decided to run TWO Latin Classes, one for Ecclesiastical Latin and second one for Classical Latin. Ecclesiastical Latin began at the beginning of February 2014 and Classical Latin at the end of February 2014.
At about the same time some other prospective students expressed an interest in learning New Testament Greek, so a second beginners’ course was planned which started in January 2015.
Several members expressed an interest in a weekend away and in February 2015, 12 students went to High Lea in Hertfordshire for a weekend conference. This was a great success and the subsequent conferences took place every year from 2016 to the most recent one in 2020. All the details about our conferences can be seen in the conferences menu.
After learning the grammar of New Testament Greek our students were keen to use this new knowledge so we have have been reading and studying several books from the New Testament. In particular:
- Epistle to the Galatians
- Acts of the Apostles – Paul’s Missionary Journeys
- Epistles of John
- Epistle of Jude
- Epistle to the Philippians
- Epistle to the Colossians
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