This unit provides an introduction to Biblical Greek. A basic outline of the Grammar, both in etymology and syntax, sufficient for earlier stages of the study with graduated exercises will be introduced. Examples to be studied will be taken primarily from the Scriptures from the Greek language in the Coptic liturgy.

Unit code: AL1500A

Unit status: Archived (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the basic elements of Greek grammar


Critically evaluate basic Greek texts used in this unit


Identify the Greek texts in the Coptic liturgy


Describe the terminology used in Greek patristic texts


Lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Balme, Maurice, Gildert Lawall and James Morwood, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I. Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Black, David. Learn to Read New Testament Greek 3rd Ed, B&H Academic, 2009
  • Bauer, Walter A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature 3rd Ed, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • Gignac, Francis Thomas, A Grammar of the Greek Papyri of the Roman and Byzantine Periods, Testi e documenti per lo Studio dell’antichita, 55. Milano: Instituto editorial Cisalpino – La Goliardica 1976.
  • Hudson, D. F. New Testament Greek, Teach yourself Books, London: St Paul’s House. 1973.
  • Lampe, G.W. H., A Patristic Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament 2nd Ed. London, New York: United Bible Societies, 1994.
  • Porter, Stanley E. Idioms of the Greek New Testament. Sheffield, England: JSOT Press, 1992.
  • Wallace, D. B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  • Wenham, John William, and H. P. V. Nunn. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. (recommended for purchase) Also, handouts, and articles from various texts will be distributed


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Grammar assignment – 500 words

0 25.0

Weekly written exercises. Each week students will be asked to prepare a short written presentation on the previous week's topic. Total of 3500 words

0 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-11 12:25:37 +1100