This unit continues on from AL8000P/AL8009T providing further instruction in Greek syntax, grammar and vocabulary. It uses grammatical-analytical and communicative approaches to language acquisition which involves reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the original language. The aims are to equip students to read extended portions of the Greek New Testament with comprehension and experience how engaging with a biblical text in its original language can assist in its interpretation. Furthermore, there will be some opportunities to translate passages from other writings in Greek that were important for early Christians.

Unit code: AL8509T

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 moderately difficult sentences and passages from NT Greek into English


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


recall and utilise a NT Greek vocabulary which extends beyond common words


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


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


Translate fairly simple passages from other Greek texts important to early Christians

Unit sequence

Successful completion of AL8000P/AL8009T New Testament Greek (or equivalent, with permission of the lecturer)


a) An online pre-sessional (equivalent of two days) which takes place the week before the start of semester b) 6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online quizzes and tasks. There is also a weekly 30-minute Skype tutorial session with the teacher.

Indicative Bibliography

  • 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) (recommended for purchase)
  • 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)

  • Duff, J., The Elements of New Testament Greek, 3rd ed. (Cambridge: CUP, 2005) [the CD-ROM often packaged with this is optional]
 (recommended for purchase)
  • Mounce, W.D., Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009) [or 2nd ed., 2003]


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

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

0 10.0

3 assignment tasks (written, spoken, and aural) during the semester equivalent to 1500 words.

0 20.0
Written Examination

2 hour written examination under controlled conditions at the end of the semester equivalent to 2000 words.

0 50.0

6 fortnightly tasks (translation, grammar and syntax exercises) equivalent to 1500 words.

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-07-05 09:55:33 +1000