This unit introduces students to the basic morphology, syntax and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Students will focus on the noun system and the present, future and imperfect indicative active verb. Throughout the semester students will translate selected texts from the New Testament, integrating grammar with biblical examples.

Unit code: AL9003L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate key grammatical concepts necessary for working with another language


Identify foundational elements of Greek grammar and syntax


Show familiarity with a basic working Greek vocabulary


Translate short, selected portions of the Greek New Testament


Apply a basic understanding of Greek in researching a topic related to the language or vocabulary of the New Testament

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. a mix of lectures and drills) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aland, Barbara, and Kurt Aland. The Greek New Testament [with dictionary]. 4th rev. ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2001.
  • 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.
  • McLean, Bradley H. New Testament Greek: an introduction. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Mounce, William. Basics of biblical Greek: grammar. 4th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019.
  • ———. Basics of biblical Greek: workbook. 4th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2019.
  • Wallace, Daniel. Greek grammar beyond the basics: an exegetical syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

A series of tests focusing on the material from the most recently taught chapters

4000 60.0

Extended language/word study

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000