New Testament Greek B

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 127

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit builds on unit 126 and focuses on basic grammar and syntax in the remainder of the textbook. It also explores approaches to translating and interpreting the New Testament Greek text and to communicating its dynamic equivalent. Reading from the original text is emphasised and the particular biblical text used is John’s Gospel, with selections from the Letters of John. The teaching of grammatical forms and structures is supported by teacher-prepared handouts with forms being introduced in the context of New Testament examples.

 

The average student needs to set aside at least 6 hours per week for private study, including the revision of work, translation exercises and the learning of vocabulary.

The exam covers grammar and comprehension questions, assisted translation, unseen translation and interpretation; all passages are taken from John’s Gospel. To facilitate learning there are short tests at appropriate stages.

Aims

To build the knowledge and understanding of the grammar and syntax of New Testament

Greek in unit 120 version A5 to a basic level that will enable students to read selected passages from the New Testament with appropriate study aids, and to develop the use of the language in translation, interpretation and exegesis.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·         Demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek

Intellectual skills

·         Translate straightforward New Testament passages into contemporary English with the help of appropriate study aids

·         Demonstrate an ability to engage in independent language study and translation

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·         apply their understanding of Greek grammar and translation to basic exegesis, interpretation and analysis of the New Testament text

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·         Class test (word formation)

 

25 minutes

 

N/A

Summative:

·         Written examination (translation and grammar)

 

2 hours

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

2

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

Seminar 1 – Review of verbs; translation work

Seminar 2 – The subjunctive

Seminar 3 – The infinitive, accusative of respect, consequence 

clauses

Seminar 4 – Questions, interrogative and indefinite pronouns

Seminar 5 – The optative, the imperfect, perfect

Seminar 6 – Verbs ending –μ_, the verb ‘to be’, classes of

condition

Seminar 7 – Philosophy of translation, context, literature on

interpretation and meaning

Seminar 8 – Transitive and intransitive verbs, more -μ_ verbs

Seminar 9-11 – Translation work

Teaching method

Small seminar group

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student

learning

Feedback

Written feedback to students within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Textbook:

 

Indicative reading:

 

 

 

 

 

Plus one of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

After completing the unit:

Macnair, Ian, Teach Yourself New testament Greek (Nashville:

Thomas Nelson, 1995)

Aland, K., et al (ed.), The Greek New Testament 4th edn

(Stuttgart: UBS, 1993)

Duff, Jeremy, The elements of New Testament Greek 3rd edn

(Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005)

Newman Jr, Barclay M., Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the

New Testament (Stuttgart: UBS, 1971)

Grosvenor, M., A grammatical analysis of the Greek New

Testament 4th edn (Rome: Editrice Pontifico Istituto Biblico, 1996)

Perschbacher, W., The New Analytical Greek Lexicon (Peabody:

Hendrickson, 1990)

Rogers, C.L. Jr. and C.L. III, The New Linguistic and Exegetical

Key to the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan,1998)

Goodrich, R., and D. Diewert, A Summer Reader. A workbook

For maintaining your Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001)

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New Testament Greek B

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 127

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Anthony D Rich

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