This unit inducts students into an intermediate level study of Biblical (Koine) Greek. Grammar, syntax and idiomatic usage of the language are studied via the reading of more complex passages from the New Testament. An introduction to textual criticism is given.

Unit code: AL2744Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of the grammar of Koine Greek at an intermediate level


Acquire the requisite skills and vocabulary to translate more complex passages from the Greek New Testament, with appropriate lexicographical aids


Demonstrate understanding of the methods and application of textual criticism


Explain the strategies that English translations from the Greek use to convey the nuances of the original texts

Unit sequence

A Level 2 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards. Pre-requisite: AL1002W New Testament Greek A


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aland, Kurt et al. The Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids/Leiden: Eerdmans/E J Brill, 1981,1987, 1989.
  • Bauer, Walter, Frederick Danker, et al. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Campbell, Constantine R. Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.
  • Mounce, William D. *Basics of Biblical Greek: Grammar. 4th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019.
  • ———. Basics of Biblical Greek: Workbook. 4th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019.
  • ———. A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.
  • Wallace, Daniel. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996
  • 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.

  • Software: Tyndale House, STEP Bible,


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests - Weekly grammatical tests

Students will participate in 10 minute long weekly tests, covering the grammatical work studied in class.

500 20.0
Oral Presentation - Presentation of a grammatical point or word study

Students will make an oral presentation to the class of 8-10 minutes in length, discussing a grammatical point or a word study.

750 20.0
Essay - An essay and short class presentation

The essay will ask students to analyse and discuss a specific Greek passage, taking text-critical and translation issues into account.

1500 30.0
Written Examination - A final examination, covering the material of the course

In this examination students will be asked to translate selected pre-seen texts, conduct one unseen translation of comparative difficulty, and answer questions about grammar, syntax, and idiomatic usage drawn from texts studied.

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 28 Mar, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-03-28 17:01:27 +1100