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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Greek Readings (BIST11003)

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 provides students with the experience of reading a number of Koine Greek texts from biblical literature and other early Christian texts.
Course description Academic Description:
This course covers a selection of readings representative of koine Greek drawn from the Greek Old Testament, the New Testament, other early Christian Greek texts from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, along with instruction in elements of advanced grammar and syntax. This course will also extend student's vocabulary of koine Greek.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will introduce students to a wider range of Greek texts including the New Testament, although most will be selected from beyond that corpus. This will include but not be limited to texts drawn from the Septuagint LXX, the Greek New Testament, the Apostolic Fathers, the Apologists, the New Testament Apocrypha - gospels, acts, epistles and apocalypses. There will be a focus on grammatical and syntactical issues. Students will also be taught how to prepare a critical edition from a manuscript.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of a two-hour seminar and workshop each week. Students will have prepared a set text in advance of each session. Students will be called upon in turn to translate short sections of text. They will be required to parse Greek words, explain syntactical features, account for text-critical problems and discuss other technical features of the text. This work will be assessed by submitting a workbook of the prepared weekly readings. Students will also write a 3000 word essay that will focus on a textual, grammatical or syntactical issue, where the skills acquired in the course can be brought to bear on resolving the meaning of the text in question. The essay topic will be discussed in advance. An essay plan will be submitted. Comments on the essay plan constitute the formative feedback in the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conduct advanced exegesis using a variety of relevant approaches and techniques.
  2. Identify the major critical issues surrounding the text under discussion.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major scholarly debates surrounding the set text. Students will be able to weigh and assess competing scholarly views.
  4. Transcribe and create a critical edition of a text from a manuscript.
  5. Describe the development of the Greek language especially in early Christianity.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hours per week
Course organiserProf Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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