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Introducing New Testament Greek (Honours) (DIVI10072)







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This course cannot be taken alongside Introducing New Testament Greek (DIVI08006) or Intermediate New Testament Greek (DIVI08008).

Course Summary

This course offers a structured introduction to New Testament Greek, working through a text book and supplementing it with further examples and exercises. Students learn the foundations of syntax, grammar, and vocabulary, and by the end of the course will be able to translate simple passages from the Greek New Testament.

Course Description

Academic Description: This course provides a structured introduction to the language of koine Greek with particular focus on forms of the language found in the writings of the New Testament. At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to read simple texts from the Greek New Testament. The course offers a structured introduction to grammatical concepts, word formation, and syntax, along with acquisition of a core stock of vocabulary. While the emphasis falls on Greek-to-English, learning is reinforced through English-to-Greek exercises. Syllabus/Outline Content: The course assumes no background in the language and begins with mastering the alphabet, the case system for nouns, and the verbal system. The syntax of koine Greek is also a focus of study. Students will acquire a vocabulary of the most frequently used words in the Greek New Testament (about 300 words used 50+ times are tackled, which represent about 80% of all word-occurrences in the NT). Furthermore, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of the significance of selected features of koine Greek grammar for exegesis of the New Testament. Student Learning Experience Information: The course has four class sessions each week in which the grammatical concepts are explained and put to use in exercises. Each fortnight the fourth class will also involve an in-class test. These in-class tests will cover vocabulary, grammar, and translations. All four sessions provide ample opportunity for immediate feedback and practicing the 'oral' aspects of the language. A cumulative mid-semester test provides a helpful checkpoint, as well as giving practice in the kind of assessment faced in the in-class final exam.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 40%

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