This unit introduces the student to the basic morphology, syntax and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Attention is paid to the fundamental word forms of a highly inflected language. Throughout the semester selected texts from the Gospels of Mark and John are presented, integrating the grammar learnt with biblical examples.

Unit code: AL1201C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the key grammatical elements of New Testament Greek


Identify and analyse basic Greek word forms


Demonstrate a command of the core vocabulary of New Testament Greek


Give an English equivalent of simple passages from the New Testament without the aid of a lexicon.


Give an English equivalent of more complex passages from the New Testament with the aid of a lexicon


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


Interactive lectures

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.
  • Countryman, Louis W. Read it in Greek: An Introduction to New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993.
  • Decker, Rodney. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2014.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Harris, Dana M. Introduction to Biblical Greek Grammar: Elementary Syntax and Linguistics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020.
  • Porter, Stanley E. Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1992.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

10 weekly written tests (10 x 200 words)

2000 50.0
Written Examination

two-hour examination (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 14:58:06 +1000