This unit introduces students to the original language of the New Testament. It uses grammatical-analytical and communicative approaches to language acquisition which involves reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the original language to enable students to begin to read the Greek New Testament with comprehension. Several short passages from the New Testament will be translated. Some attention will also be given to other writings in Greek that were important for early Christians, such as the Septuagint or non-NT Christian texts from the first and second centuries.

Unit code: AL8000T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Translate simple sentences and passages from New Testament Greek into English


Speak, hear and comprehend, moderately difficult sentences in New Testament Greek


Explain the meaning of words that occur frequently in the New Testament


Analyse the grammar and syntax of moderately difficult sentences in New Testament Greek


Apply their growing knowledge of Greek to the exegesis of passages in the New Testament


Translate simple passages from other Greek texts important to early Christians


a) A pre-sessional micro-intensive which takes place the week before the start of semester b) 12 weekly sessions. Each session consists of the teacher's lessons augmented by the set texts, quizzes and tasks.

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, 4th ed. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 1993)*
  • Bauer, W., F. Danker, et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Croy, N.C., A Primer of Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007)

  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Harris, Dana M. Introduction to Biblical Greek Grammar: Elementary Syntax and Linguistics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020.
  • Gibson, R. J, and Constantine R Campbell. Reading Biblical Greek - Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • Gibson, R. J., and Constantine R. Campbell. Reading Biblical Greek: A Grammar for Students. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003.
  • Nestle, Eberhard, and Kurt Aland. Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Hendrickson Pub, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

2 hour written examination under controlled conditions at the end of the semester equivalent to 2500 words.

2500 50.0
Short Answer Tests

2 longer short answer tests spaced throughout the semester

2000 20.0

2 further homework exercises on non-NT Greek texts equivalent to 1000 words

1000 10.0
Short Answer Tests

8 weekly tasks (translation, grammar and syntax exercises) equivalent to 1500 words.

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 17:25:40 +1100