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TITLE Biblical Greek

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION This study-unit serves as an introductory study-unit into the phonetics, morphology, and syntax of New Testament Koine' language, so as to provide a good basic working ability with Greek texts in Theology courses.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at enabling students to understand the basic meanings of the different parts of speech of New Testament Greek grammar, to acquire a basic morphology of Koine' Greek, and to perform basic parsing of texts of the New Testament, and to apply the theological implications in the Greek New Testament for the other theological study-units.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- understand the basic morphology of New Testament Greek;
- define the various parts of speech involved in Biblical Greek;
- use the basic fundamental vocabulary of Koine' Greek;
- use the principal elements of New Testament Greek syntax;
- understand and translate the simpler texts of the New Testament.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- read with relative ease narrative texts in the Greek New Testament;
- identify and use the basic Greek terminology adopted in theological and philosophical studies;
- interpret the basic message in the New Testament texts;
- support theological arguments with the correct interpretation of the New Testament text.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- WENHAM J.W., The Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1965; reprint 1981.
- Key to the Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005.
- The Greek-English Interlinear New Testament (A new interlinear translation of the Greek New Testament United Bible Societies' Fourth, Corrected Edition, with the New Revised Standard Version, New Testament), Carol Stream.IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 4th Edition, 1997.
- NEWMAN Barclay M., A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, Stuttgart: United Bible Societies 1971.

Supplementary Texts:

- MOUNCE William D., Basics of Biblical Greek, Grand Rapids/MI: Zondervan, 3rd Edition 2009.
- ZERWICK Maximilian - GROSVENOR Mary, A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament (= Subsidia Biblica 39, Rome: Biblical Institute Press, 5th Edition 2010.
- DUFF Jeremy, The Elements of New Testament Greek (with Audio CD pack), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005.
- MOUNCE W.D., Greek for the rest of us. Mastering Bible Study Without Mastering Biblical languages, Grand Rapids/MI: Zondervan 2003.

Supplementary class notes will also be provided.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Ciappara

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