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 (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

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 text-critical principles and practice


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


Lectures, tests, exercises

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase
  • Aland, Kurt et al., eds. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. New York, NY: United Bible Societies, 1993.
  • Brooks, James A., and Carlton L. Winbery. Syntax of New Testament Greek. Washington, DC: University of America Press, 1979.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: CUP,2005.*
  • Metzger, Bruce Manning A. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. 4th ed. London: United Bible Societies, 1994.
  • Moule, Charles Francis Digby. An Idiom-Book of New Testament Greek. 2nd ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 1959.
  • 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 (%)

Weekly written tests equivalent to 1000 words

0 40.0
Written Examination

Final three hour written exam equivalent to 3000 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100