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Undergraduate Course: Introducing New Testament Greek (BIST08014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, with selected readings.
Course description Academic Description:
The course offers an introduction to the language of the New Testament - koine Greek. It is taught intensively, with four contact hours per week, and covers both grammar and 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.

Syllabus/Outline Description:
The course uses J. Duff's The Elements of New Testament Greek (CUP, 2005). We shall work through two chapters each week, with input from the course tutor and plenty of opportunity for worked examples (either individually or in groups). Regular vocabulary tests 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 in a friendly, informal setting. The course tutor will explain new grammar, but students are encouraged to ask questions and to engage actively with their own learning. There is an expectation that students will go over each class carefully in their own time, committing to memory new grammatical forms and vocabulary. Class participants will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes through class tests and the final exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Fortnightly in-class vocabulary quizzes (20%)

In-Class exam (20%)

Degree exam (60%)- the degree exam (60%) will be in the university's short-form take-home format (2-hour examination plus one hour for digital upload and plus one hour for students with adjustments), scheduled centrally during the exam period.

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.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read simple passages from the Greek New Testament and translate them into English.
  2. Identity forms of verbs and nouns frequently used in the Greek New Testament so that they can be looked up in a NT Greek lexicon (dictionary).
  3. Acquire a vocabulary of the most frequently used words in the Greek New Testament (about 300 words used 50+ times are tackled, which represent about 80% of all word-occurrences in the NT).
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the significance of selected features of Koine Greek grammar for exegesis of the New Testament.
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
Course secretaryMr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913
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