To offer students an introduction to the vocabulary and grammar of the koine Greek language in order to enable them to correctly read and understand the New Testament and the Septuagint in Greek.
The course will follow the progressive sequence of knowledge (vocabulary, grammar, and syntax) and skills presented in the textbook.
Textbook: Dobson, John. Learn New Testament Greek. 3rd Edition. Carlisle: Piquant, 2005. Bibliography : Aland, Kurt, Barbara Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo Martini, and Bruce Metzger, eds. Nestle-Aland Greek-English New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2008; Bauer, Walter, Frederick Danker, William Arndt, and F. Wilbur Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000; Moulton, William, and Alfred Geden, eds. Concordance to the Greek New Testament. 6th Edition. Edited by Ian Howard Marshall. London: T&T Clark, 2002; Rahlfs, Alfred, and Robert Hanhart, eds. Septuaginta: Id Est, Vetus Testamentum Graece Iuxta LXX Interpretes. Editio Altera. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2006.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to know a basic vocabulary of frequently occurring words; to recognize and interpret common grammatical structures and patterns; to read and understand biblical passages in the original Greek with the help of a dictionary or lexicon; to translate words and sentences accurately for exegetical purposes; to use critical tools: dictionary, lexicon, concordance, grammatical aids.