This unit is designed to consolidate and develop the language skills gained in New Testament Greek A and B. The unit concentrates on using these skills for the purposes of translation, textual analysis and exegesis. A range of texts from the NT, LXX, and early Christianity (e.g. the Didache and other noncanonical texts) will be read as an inductive means to developing skills in translation, applying grammatical learnings, identifying syntax and doing exegesis.

Unit code: AL3000P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of Greek grammar, building on skills and knowledge acquired in pre-requisite units.


Translate significant portions of the New Testament, LXX, and non-canonical koine texts with the help of lexical aids.


Articulate a basic awareness of the tools of textual criticism, being able to identify the main manuscript traditions and use the textual apparatus of the Nestle-Aland Greek NT.


Use their knowledge of Greek to exegete biblical texts.

Unit sequence

2 semesters of Koine Greek, usually Greek A and B *or equivalent) and an introductory level New Testament unit.


This is a seminar style class where students practice reading and translation with the guidance of the lecturer. A component of each class will include revision of grammar or introduction or new concepts.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Novum Testamentum Graece, Nestle-Aland 27th or 28th edition. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1993. (required text)
  • Aland, Kurt and Barbara Aland. The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Translated by Erroll F. Rhodes. Grand Rapids / Leiden: Eerdmans / Brill, 1987.
  • Croy, Clayton, A Primer of Biblical Greek. Michigan: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Danker, Frederick William, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Ehrman, Bart D. and Michael W. Holmes, eds. The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research. Vol. 46 of SD. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • McLean, B. H., Hellenistic and Biblical Greek: A Graduated Reader. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. and Ehrman, Bart D. The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. 4th ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 2005.
  • Porter, Stanley E., Idioms of the Greek New Testament. 2nd ed; BLG 2; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1994.
  • Smyth, Herbert, Greek Grammar. Cambridge: Harvard University Pres, 1984.
  • Wallace, Daniel B., Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)


1000 20.0

2 hour written examination

2000 40.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Fortnightly quizzes (grammar and vocab)

1000 20.0

Weekly translation exercises

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-09 10:23:07 +1000