This unit introduces students to the study of biblical Greek. It includes a brief history of the language, a detailed study of the morphology and syntax of selected New Testament passages, and an introduction to textual criticism.

Unit code: AL1011Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Translate from selected passages of the Greek New Testament, amounting to about six chapters


Demonstrate familiarity with broadly representative vocabulary and style


Demonstrate knowledge of Greek morphology and syntax


Show basic grasp of how the Greek New Testament developed


Utilise effectively commentaries and academic literature which work from the Greek text


Lectures, tests, exercises

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aland, Barbara, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini and Bruce M. Metzger, eds. The Greek New Testament: with dictionary. 5th rev. ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft; American Bible Society; United Bible Societies, 2014.
  • Brooks, James A., and Carlton L. Winbery. Syntax of New Testament Greek. Washington, DC: University of America Press, 1979.
  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: CUP,2005.
  • Harris, Dana M. Introduction to Biblical Greek Grammar: Elementary Syntax and Linguistics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020.
  • Mounce, William D. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.
  • Porter, Stanley E. Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed. Sheffield: University Press, 1994.
  • Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar beyond the Basics. An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Weekly written tests equivalent to 1000 words

1000 40.0
Written Examination

Final three hour written exam equivalent to 3000 words

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-27 14:29:50 +1000