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Postgraduate Course: Introducing New Testament Greek (PG) (BIST11025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to New Testament Greek for postgraduate students.
Course description Academic Description:
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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
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, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% coursework:
20% 4x quizzes (administered on LEARN)
20% mid-semester test (administered on LEARN)

60% exam, using the '2-hour plus one hour for digital upload and plus one hour for students with adjustments' take-home format
Feedback Verbal feedback provided in weekly seminars
Written feedback on practical exam
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 Greek lexicon.
  3. Acquire a vocabulary of the most frequently used words in the Greek New Testament.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the significance of selected features of Greek grammar for exegesis of the New Testament.
Reading List
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)
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,New Testament,koine,Greek,ancient language
Contacts
Course organiserDr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
Email: matthew.novenson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
Email: rdutton@ed.ac.uk
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