Details for New Testament Greek I

While it may come as a shock to some, Jesus did not speak Shakespearean English! Indeed, our New Testament was written in a language different to our own, in a time far removed from our own. The fact is that, while they can be very good, translations of the Bible can only do so much. Inevitably, translation teams have to make interpretive decisions regarding how to bring out the meaning of the Biblical text into the target language, and this can sometimes reflect theological bias or simply miss some of the richness and subtlety present in the original languages. Here at Alphacrucis, we will help to equip you with all the necessary tools to negotiate the sometimes difficult terrain of understanding the NT text on its own terms; not just to be able to bring out simple English (or other) transliterations, but to interact with and grasp the meaning of the original texts. Using innovative linguistic research, we will help you to grasp hold of this extraordinary language so that you can go deeper into the word of God; not just for yourself, but also for all those you minister to.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: ANL402
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Keith McPherson

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering New Testament Greek I

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an elementary working knowledge of New Testament Greek, including:
  • ability to identify and write the Greek alphabet;
  • recognise and translate most frequent NT Greek vocabulary;
  • identify basic NT Greek grammatical forms, including nouns, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns, and verbs;
  • analyse grammar and syntax of basic Greek sentences;
  • Identify, parse, and translate simple verbs with reference to verbal aspect theory.
  1. Display a knowledge of basic language learning techniques;
  2. Demonstrate the benefit of learning NT Greek for the study of the New Testament;
  3. Read and translate simple portions of the Greek NT, demonstrating working knowledge of sentence structure and basic aspects of syntax.

Subject Content

  • The Letters and Sounds of Greek
  • Present and Future Active Indicative
  • Nouns of the First, Second and Third Declension
  • Adjectives of the First and Second Declensions
  • Imperfect and Aorist Active Indicative
  • Personal and Demonstrative Pronouns
  • The Indicative Method
  • Adjectives, Prounouns, and Numerals of the First and Third Declensions
  • Contract and Liquid Verbs
  • Participles (Verbal Adjectives)
  • Infinitives (Verbals Nouns)
  • Additional Prepositions and Pronouns
  • Subjunctive Mood
  • The Imperative and Optative Moods
  • The Conjugation of -μί verbs

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Quizzes (15%)
  • Video Presentation (20%)
  • Homework Review Exercises (5%)
  • Translation Assignment (30%)
  • Final Exam (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • David Alan Black, Learn to Read New Testament Greek (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2009)
  • David Alan Black, Using New Testament Greek in Ministry: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1993).

Last updated 18 February 2019