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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate New Testament Greek (PG) (BIST11023)

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
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Academic Description:
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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
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 50 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% - Mid-year practical exam

10% - Exegetical Essay, 2000 words (semester 1)

10% - Text Critical Essay, 2000 words (semester 2)

50% - Exam
Feedback - 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)
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a good reading ability in New Testament Greek.
  2. Show an acquaintance with the major tools of Greek exegesis: grammars, lexica, and concordances.
  3. Write an exegetical essay on a biblical Greek text, identifying and discussing important linguistic and theological points.
  4. Interpret and make decisions based on the textual apparatus of a modern edition of the Greek New Testament.
Reading List
NestleAland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th ed. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012).

Recommended resources:
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).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsbiblical studies,New Testament,koine,Greek,ancient languages
Course organiserDr Philippa Townsend
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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