A Pauline Letter in Greek

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1


The unit includes translation, grammatical analysis and exegesis of selected chapters. Normally Romans will be studied.  Students prepare passages each week for translation and discussion in class, alongside revision and development of their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.


To enable students to gain insights into one of Paul’s major letters – Romans – through study of the Greek text.


Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Demonstrate developed skills in understanding the vocabulary and grammar of the Greek New Testament

Intellectual skills

·      Offer exegesis of passages from Romans showing how a knowledge of the Greek has influenced their understanding

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Translate portions of the text of Romans with sensitivity to the nuances and difficulties of the original

·      Relate translation and analysis of the Greek text to preaching

·      Apply analysis of language and text to one’s first and other languages


Assessment task


Weighting within unit


·         A class test including translation, exegesis and grammatical questions


One hour




·         An unseen examination including translation, exegesis and grammatical questions



Two hour






Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1.    Romans 1:1-7; the definite article

2.    15:14-29; expressing purpose and result

3.    1:16-27; the use of the genitive case

4.    2:12-24; the use of participles (1)

5.    3:21-31; the use of participles (2)

6.    5:12-22; the imperative mood and the future tense

7.    6:12-23; anything on request

8.    7:14-25; the aorist tense

9.    8:18-30; anything on request

10.  11:25-36; conditional sentences

11.  13:1-14

Teaching method

Small group seminars

Additional eLearning content

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


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading


Horrell, David, An Introduction to the Study of Paul, 3rd edn (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2015)

Sanders, E.P., Paul, Past Masters Series (Oxford: OUP, 1991)

Wenham, David, Paul and Jesus: The true story (London: SPCK, 2002)

Westerholm, Stephen, Understanding Paul: The early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004)

Wright, N T., Paul: Fresh Perspectives (London: SPCK, 2005)

Ziesler, John, Pauline Christianity, 2nd ed. (Oxford: OUP, 1990)



Cranfield, C.E.B., Romans, International Critical Commentary, 2 vols (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1979)

Dunn, James D.G., Romans, Word Biblical Commentary, 2 vols (Dallas: Word, 1988)

Fitzmyer, Joseph A.., Romans, Anchor Bible (London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1993)

Moo, Douglas J., Romans, New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996)

Morgan, Robert, Romans (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995)

Wedderburn, A.J.M., The Reasons for Romans (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1988)

Wright, N.T., Romans in The New Interpreter’s Bible, ed. by L.E. Keck, vol. X (Nashville: Abingdon, 2002) 395-770

Ziesler, John, Romans (London: SCM, 1989)


Intermediate Greek

Black, David A., It's still Greek to me. An easy-to-understand guide to intermediate Greek

(Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998)

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

Univ. Press 2005)

Metzger, Bruce M., Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek, 5th edn (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1990)

Van Voorst, Robert E., Building your New Testament Greek Vocabulary (Atlanta: Scholars

Press, 1999)

Wallace, Daniel B., Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996)

Zerwick, M., and M. Grosvenor, A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek NT, 5th edn (Rome:

Pontifical Bible Institute, 1996)

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A Pauline Letter in Greek

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 222





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Dr Tony Rich or Dr Stephen I. Wright

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