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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate New Testament Greek (DIVI08030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a second-level course, building on the introduction to New Testament Greek offered by Introducing New Testament Greek. Students will consolidate their grasp of both the grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament through close reading of biblical passages.
Course description Academic Description:
This course builds on the Greek language skills acquired in 'Introducing New Testament Greek' (or equivalent course), strengthening them at an intermediate level. It is intended to consolidate and develop students' grammar and vocabulary proficiency, and to put these skills to use. It achieves this through close analysis of a variety of texts from the New Testament. Students read, translate, and explore various set texts, considering their textual, historical, and literary dimensions.

Outline Content:
The precise content varies each year, depending on the specific New Testament texts studied. It always includes a review of grammar and close reading of several set texts, of varied character and difficulty. A typical curriculum might, for example, include John 1 & 4, selected passages from Revelation, and Philemon.

Student Learning Experience:
Students have three hours of class time per week. In advance of most classes, they will be expected to read, translate, and analyse a short portion of the set text. In class, students will discuss their translations and consolidate any grammatical issues that emerge. They will use their language skills for exegetical purposes, and explore together what new light the original language might shed on our interpretation of the text. In-class assessment and revision activities provide students a useful way to track their progress.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have passed a course equivalent to DIVI08006: Introducing New Testament Greek
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% in-class mid-semester translation and grammar test
60% final written examination (in person exam)
Feedback Regular oral feedback on translations for class and written feedback on homework assignments or in-class quizzes.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)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. Demonstrate the ability to translate a variety of New Testament texts into good English.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to navigate the textual apparatus of modern New Testament Greek editions.
Reading List
Arndt, William, Fredrich Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2000
Blass, Friedrich, Albert Debrunner, A Greek Grammar of the New Testament (rev. and trans. by Robert W. Funk), Cambridge: CUP, 1961
Duff, Jeremy, The Elements of New Testament Greek, Cambridge: CUP, 2005
Nestle, Eberhard & Erwin, and Barbara & Kurt Aland (eds.), Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th Revised Edition, Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012
Wallace, Daniel, The Basics of New Testament Greek Syntax: An Intermediate Greek Grammar, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000
A bibliography of commentaries and other relevant resources will also be provided each year, depending on the particular texts studied.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills curiosity for learning
self-discipline and self-direction
ability to read and analyse texts in ancient Greek
ability to engage critically with the meaning of ancient texts and recognise that
meanings may be multiple
capacity to offer a critical reading of New Testament texts, based on grammatical
features and an understanding of the world behind the texts
KeywordsNew Testament,Greek language,bible,exegesis,translation
Course organiserMr Nathanael Vette
Course secretaryMr Patrick McMurray
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