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Undergraduate Course: Introducing New Testament Greek (Honours) (BIST10056)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a structured introduction to New Testament Greek, working through a text book and supplementing it with further examples and exercises. Students learn the foundations of syntax, grammar, and vocabulary, and by the end of the course will be able to translate simple passages from the Greek New Testament.
Course description Academic description:

This course provides a structured introduction to the language of koine Greek with particular focus on forms of the language found in the writings of the New Testament. At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to read simple texts from the Greek New Testament. The course offers a structured introduction to grammatical concepts, word formation, and syntax, along with acquisition of a core stock of vocabulary. While the emphasis falls on Greek-to-English, learning is reinforced through English-to-Greek exercises.

Syllabus/outline content:

The course assumes no background in the language, and begins with mastering the alphabet , the case system for nouns, and the verbal system. The syntax of koine Greek is also a focus of study. Students will 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). Furthermore, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of the significance of selected features of koine Greek grammar for exegesis of the New Testament

Student learning experience information:

The course has four class sessions each week in which the grammatical concepts are explained and put to use in exercises. Each fortnight the fourth class will also involve an in-class test. These in-class test will cover vocabulary, grammar and translations. All four sessions provide ample opportunity for immediate feedback and practising the 'oral' aspects of the language. 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)
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 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In class tests: 40% - comprising four shorter quizzes each worth 5% (a total of 20%) and a mid-semester test worth 20%;

Degree Exam: 60% - including translation from the set text, unseen translations, and grammar questions. 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.
Feedback Verbal and written feedback will be given frequently in class, especially on weekly quizzes and the mid-semester test.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)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.
  5. Use electronic and print resources for the study of the Greek New Testament.
Reading List
Indicative bibliography

The course text book may change depending on the course structure.

Resources include:

Jeremy Duff┐s, The Elements of New Testament Greek (Cambridge: CUP, 2005).

G. Abbott Smith, A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

For those planning more advanced work, the premier lexicon is:
BDAG ┐ Bauer, Danker, Arndt and Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd edition (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2001).
Additional Information
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
KeywordsBiblical studies,ancient language,koine Greek,New Testament Greek
Course organiserDr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
Course secretaryMr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913
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