Postgraduate Course: Introducing New Testament Greek (PG) (BIST11025)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An introduction to New Testament Greek for postgraduate students.
This course provides a structured introduction to the koine Greek language of the New Testament. It covers essential grammatical concepts, word formation, and syntax, along with acquisition of a core stock of vocabulary. Passages from the Greek New Testament are introduced from the very beginning, and by the end of the course students will be able to tackle simple passages themselves.
The course is organised around a standard koine Greek primer, such as J. Duff's The Elements of New Testament Greek (CUP, 2005), or equivalent. We shall work through new material each week, with input from the course tutor and plenty of opportunity for worked examples (either individually or in groups). Regular vocabulary quizzes will reinforce class learning and ensure that students are ready for the next stage.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course meets four times a week. The instructor will explain new grammar, and students are encouraged to ask questions and to engage actively with their own learning. There is an expectation that students will revise each lesson carefully in their own time, committing to memory new grammatical forms and vocabulary. A cumulative midsemester test provides a helpful checkpoint, as well as giving practice in the kind of assessment faced in the final exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Fortnightly in-class vocabulary quizzes (20%), a class exam (20%), degree exam (60%).
In order to pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 40% combined mark for the regular quizzes and class exam as well as a minimum of 40% in the degree exam.
||verbal feedback provided in weekly seminars
written feedback on practical exam
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Read simple passages from the Greek New Testament and translate them into English.
- Identity forms of verbs and nouns frequently used in the Greek New Testament so that they can be looked up in a Greek lexicon.
- Acquire a vocabulary of the most frequently used words in the Greek New Testament.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the significance of selected features of Greek grammar for exegesis of the New Testament.
|There will be a textbook assigned for the course which may vary depending on the instructor┐ typical examples include:|
Jeremy Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek (3rd ed.┐ CUP, 2005)
N. Clayton Croy, A Primer of Biblical Greek (Eerdmans, 2011)
William Mounce, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar (3rd ed.┐ HarperCollins, 2009)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to learn a new language.
Work with linguistic analysis of a particular language.
Applying previous knowledge to learn a related but new topic.
|Keywords||biblical studies,New Testament,koine,Greek,ancient language
|Course organiser||Prof Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
|Course secretary||Dr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227