In this unit students will develop further competence in Greek through working with Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. Concurrently, a greater understanding of the text of Galatians will be achieved through application of recent advances in the understanding of Koine Greek, textual criticism and Greco-Roman letter writing conventions. Emphasis is placed on the function of grammatical, literary and lexical features used by the writer and their significance for the exegesis and theological interpretation of the letter.

Unit code: AL2003S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and apply an understanding of recent advances in the study of Greek.


Conduct a comprehensive word study and discuss the use of a term by an author.


Explain, with reference to recent scholarship, the occasion and theological import of the letter to the Galatians


Translate and exegete a portion of Galatians from the Greek with reference to the entire letter.

Unit sequence

The unit provides for the integration and application of NT Greek to the study of the New Testament, suited particularly for students engaged in courses in biblical studies and ministry formation.
Prerequisites: 2 units of NT Greek, 1 unit of NT study.


Impartation and exploration of unit content and procedures through lecture-discussion, small group work, question and answer, practical application tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aune, David E. The New Testament in Its Literary Environment. LEC 8. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1989.
  • Betz, Hans Dieter. Galatians: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Churches in Galatia. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979.
  • Bruce, F.F. The Epistle to the Galatians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982.
  • Campbell, Constantine R. Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.
  • Danker, Frederick W., Walter Bauer, William F. Arndt, and F. Wilbur Gingrich. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. (BDAG). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000
  • Das, A. Andrew. Galatians. Concordia Commentary: A Theological Expositon of Sacred Scripture. Saint Louis: Concordia, 2014.
  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014
  • Kittel, Gerhard, and Gerhard Friedrich, eds., Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Translated by Geoffrey W. Bromily. 10 vols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964–1976.
  • Köstenberger, Andreas J., Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer. Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016.
    Silva, Moisés, *New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis. 5 vols. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Integrated essay: Translation and theological interpretation of a portion of Galatians. (2000 words)

0 50.0

Case studies [Practical application of grammatical developments: translation exercises]. (4 x 300 = 1200 words)

0 30.0

Investigation Word study

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-01-30 08:44:59 +1100