Undergraduate Course: Early Christian Greek Texts (BIST10031)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A selection of readings from the Greek Old Testament, Greek New Testament, and other Greek writings of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, along with some elements of advanced grammar and vocabulary.
This course covers a selection of readings from the Greek Old Testament, Greek New Testament, and other Greek writings of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, along with some elements of advanced grammar and vocabulary.
The syllabus will change from session to session, but will incorporate a range of koine Greek texts. These typically involve a selection from the Septuagint LXX, the Greek New Testament, the Apostolic Fathers, the Apologists, and other early Christian writers, with a focus on the New Testament Apocryphal Gospels and other non-canonical texts.
Student Learning Experience Information:
There is a two hour seminar each week. Students will read a section of text in Greek, and offer their own translation. They will then be asked to parse various Greek terms, to explain grammatical constructions, and to offer reflections on text critical matters.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||10% on regular class participation and preparation;
30% on a translation notebook;
60% on a 2,000 word final essay
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Read a wider range of koine Greek texts, including non-biblical Greek
- Recognize and parse Greek terms and explain constructions.
- Be aware of the textual difficulties in reconstructing texts either with multiple manuscript attestation or where a sole manuscript survives.
- Be able to transcribe and create a critical edition of a text from a manuscript.
- Understand the development of the Greek language especially in early Christianity.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Capacity for reflexive learning
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
- Ability to read texts in a different language
|Course organiser||Prof Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227