Postgraduate Course: Intermediate New Testament Greek (PG) (BIST11023)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course consolidates reading of New Testament Greek, introduces students to textual criticism and exegesis of the Greek New Testament, and applies these skills in the wider activities of the study of biblical texts.
This course aims to consolidate the students' understanding of ancient Greek language gained in Introducing New Testament Greek by reading biblical Greek texts of graded difficulty and differing character, and builds analytical skills of textual criticism and exegesis.
Students' understanding of the language gained in Introducing New Testament Greek is consolidated by an initial review of the grammar covered in that course. Thereafter, student concentrate on reading a series of Greek texts of gradually increasing difficulty. The set texts vary each year, but a possible curriculum might be the following: John 13, Mark 1416, Matthew 12, Philipppians.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course meets once a week over the whole academic year. In semester 1, students will revise grammar, practise exercises, as well as read easier New Testament texts, and apply prior learning of biblical studies to the exegesis of these texts. In semester 2, students extend what they have learned for exegesis by developing text critical facility ,and reading and interpreting more demanding New Testament texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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)
Lecture Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid year practical exam (administered online) = 30%
2000 word Exegetical essay (1st semester) = 10%
2000 word Text critical essay (2nd semester) = 10%
Final exam = 50%
||Regular verbal feedback in class sessions
Written feedback on class test (returned/discussed in the first class of Semester 2)
Written feedback on essays (returned promptly following submission of essays)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a good reading ability in New Testament Greek.
- Show an acquaintance with the major tools of Greek exegesis: grammars, lexica, and concordances.
- Write an exegetical essay on a biblical Greek text, identifying and discussing important linguistic and theological points.
- Interpret and make decisions based on the textual apparatus of a modern edition of the Greek New Testament.
|NestleAland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th ed. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012).|
BauerDanker, GreekEnglish Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (3rd ed.¿ Chicago, 2000).
BlassDebrunnerFunk, A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, 1961).
Hayes and Holladay, Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook (3rd ed.¿ Westminster John Knox, 2007).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||biblical studies,New Testament,koine,Greek,ancient languages
|Course organiser||Dr Philippa Townsend
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227