This unit introduces the basic grammatical elements of New Testament Greek. Students will learn how to recognise and translate the main parts of Greek speech: nouns, adjectives, verbs (present indicative), pronouns, and conjunctions. They will memorise and recall the most frequently used Greek words and begin to develop necessary skills for translation and interpretation of selected the New Testament texts. This unit for online self-paced study is designed around resources developed by W.D. Mounce.

Unit code: AL1741B

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of basic grammatical categories of New Testament Greek.


Memorize and recall Greek words frequently used in the New Testament.


Translate simple New Testament passages into English.


Analyse grammar and syntax of simple Greek sentences.


Apply basic Greek language knowledge in simple exegesis steps.

Unit sequence

This unit is offered as the part one of two undergraduate units in biblical languages and could be taken as prerequisite to AL2742B Introduction to New Testament Greek (B).


The course will facilitate student learning and achieving LOs in an online environment through a set of appropriate learning activities, e.g. translation, parsing, workbook exercises, vocabulary recall, and practicing reading, writing, and listening in Koine Greek. The course also includes a set of online tutorials.

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase

Aland, B. and K. Aland et al, The Greek New Testament with a Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, 5th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 2014.

Aland, B., Aland, K., Karavidopoulos, J., Martini, Carlo M. et al. Novum Testamentum Graece with Dictionary, 28th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012.

Bauer, Walter and Frederick W. Danker. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Duff, J., The Elements of New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. Cambridge: CUP, 2005.

  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar Workbook. 4th edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019.

  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. 4th edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019.

Porter, Stanley E, Jeffrey T Reed, and Matthew Brook O'Donnell. Fundamentals of New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 2019.

Robinson, Maurice A, and Mark A House. Analytical Lexicon of New Testament Greek. Rev. and updated. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, LLC, 2012.

Wenham, John William, and H. P. V Nunn. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Summative Course Paper 2000 50.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - 6 Fortnightly quizzes 1000 25.0
Learning Resource - 3 Workbook Review Exercises 1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-07-06 15:58:23 +1000