This unit provides a basic introduction to New Testament Greek, providing knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax to commence translation and interpretation of selected New Testament passages from the original Greek text.

Unit code: AL1002W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate key grammatical concepts necessary for working in another language


Identify foundational elements of Greek grammar and syntax


Show familiarity with a basic working Greek vocabulary


Translate small, selected portions of the Greek New Testament


Apply a basic understanding of Greek to the reading of critical commentaries for sermon and teaching preparation

Unit sequence

No prerequisites


Face-to-face classes and weekly tutorial support via email

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase *
  • Aland, Barbara (et al, eds). Greek New Testament. Stuttgart: United Bible Society, 5th revised ed, 2014.
  • Aland, Kurt et al. The Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids/Leiden: Eerdmans/E J Brill, 1981,1987, 1989.
  • Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich-Danker, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Chicago: University of Chicago, 3rd ed, 2001.
  • Burge, Evan L. Grasping New Testament Greek. Melbourne: Trinity College Theological School, 1999.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 3rd edn, 2005.*
  • Finegan, Jack. Encountering New Testament Manuscripts. A working Introduction to Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans, 1974.
  • Jay, Eric G. New Testament Greek. London: SPCK, 1961.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Metzger, Bruce M. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. London: United Bible Societies, 4th revised edn, 1994.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Weekly in-class tests

800 30.0

Weekly take home exercise sheets

1200 40.0
Written Examination

1 x two-hour examination

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000