This unit provides a basic introduction to New Testament Greek. It provides knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax in order to enable translation and interpretation of selected New Testament passages from the earliest Greek texts.

Unit code: AL1702W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate key grammatical concepts necessary for working in another language


Identify foundational elements of Greek grammar and syntax


Show familiarity with a basic working Greek vocabulary


Translate small, selected portions of the Greek New Testament


Apply a basic understanding of Greek to the reading of critical commentaries for sermon and teaching preparation.

Unit sequence

No prerequisites


Multi-media lessons augmented by set texts, online quizzes and tasks. There is also a weekly 30-minute Skype/Zoom tutorial session with the teacher.

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase
  • Aland, Barbara (et al, eds). Greek New Testament. Stuttgart: United Bible Society, 5th revised edn, 2014.
  • Aland, Kurt et al. The Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids/Leiden: Eerdmans/E J Brill, 1981,1987, 1989.
  • Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich-Danker, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. 3rd edn, Chicago: University of Chicago, 2000.
  • Burge, Evan L. Grasping New Testament Greek. Melbourne: Trinity College Theological School, 1999.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 3rd edn, 2005.*
  • Finegan, Jack. Encountering New Testament Manuscripts. A working Introduction to Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans, 1974.
  • Jay, Eric G. New Testament Greek. London: SPCK, 1961.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. London: United Bible Societies, 4th revised edn, 1994.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Weekly exercises

1200 40.0
Short Answer Tests

Weekly quizzes

800 30.0
Written Examination

2 hour written examination under controlled conditions

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000