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Undergraduate Course: Early Christian Greek Texts (BIST10031)

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
SummaryA 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.
Course description Academic Description:
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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Intermediate New Testament Greek (BIST08018) OR Intermediate New Testament Greek (Honours) (BIST10041)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% on regular class participation and preparation;
30% on a translation notebook;
60% on a 2,000 word final essay

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read a wider range of koine Greek texts, including non-biblical Greek
  2. Recognize and parse Greek terms and explain constructions.
  3. Be aware of the textual difficulties in reconstructing texts either with multiple manuscript attestation or where a sole manuscript survives.
  4. Be able to transcribe and create a critical edition of a text from a manuscript.
  5. Understand the development of the Greek language especially in early Christianity.
Reading List
Additional Information
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
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Course organiserProf Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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