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: AL9003S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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


Employ a comprehensive word study to analytically evaluate 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 from the Greek a portion of Galatians with reference to the entire letter.


Demonstrate a sophisticated awareness of the significance of literary, syntactical and lexical features of the Greek text in the theological interpretation of Galatians.

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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Investigation. [Word study] 1200 words

0 20.0

Case studies. [Practical application of grammatical developments: translation exercises]. 4 x 450 = 1800 words

0 30.0

Integrated essay: Translation and theological interpretation of a portion of Galatians. 3,000 words

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-01-31 11:39:58 +1100