This unit introduces students to the original language of the New Testament. It uses grammatical-analytical and communicative approaches to language acquisition which involves reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the original language to enable students to begin to read the Greek New Testament with comprehension. Several short passages from the New Testament will be translated.

Unit code: AL1000T

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Translate simple sentences and passages from New Testament Greek into English


Speak, hear and comprehend, simple sentences in New Testament Greek


Explain the meaning of words that occur frequently in the New Testament


Analyse the grammar and syntax of fairly simple sentences in New Testament Greek


Apply their growing knowledge of Greek to the exegesis of passages in the New Testament


a) A pre-sessional micro-intensive which takes place the week before the start of semester b) 12 weekly sessions. Each session consists of the teacher's lessons augmented by the set texts, quizzes and tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

** = set texts recommended for purchase

  • Aland, B. and K. Aland et al, The Greek New Testament with a Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, 4th ed. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 1993)**
  • Bauer, W., F. Danker, et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Croy, N.C., A Primer of Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007)

  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014. **
  • Harris, Dana M. Introduction to Biblical Greek Grammar: Elementary Syntax and Linguistics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020.
  • Gibson, R. J, and Constantine R Campbell. Reading Biblical Greek - Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • Gibson, R. J., and Constantine R. Campbell. Reading Biblical Greek: A Grammar for Students. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003.
  • Nestle, Eberhard, and Kurt Aland. Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Hendrickson Pub, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

2 hour written examination under controlled conditions at the end of the semester equivalent to 2000 words

2000 50.0
Short Answer Tests

2 longer short answer tests spaced throughout the semester

2000 25.0
Short Answer Tests

8 weekly tasks (translation, grammar and syntax exercises) equivalent to 1000 words.

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Jan, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-01-18 11:08:21 +1100