This unit introduces the student to the basic morphology, syntax and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. Attention is paid to the fundamental word forms of a highly inflected language. Throughout the semester selected texts from the Gospels of Mark and John are presented, integrating the grammar learnt with biblical examples.

Unit code: AL9201C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the key grammatical elements of New Testament Greek


Demonstrate a command of the core vocabulary of New Testament Greek


Give an English equivalent of simple passages from the New Testament without the aid of a lexicon


Give an English equivalent of more complex passages from the New Testament with the aid of a lexicon and with attention to syntax and grammar


Apply their knowledge of Koine Greek to the exegesis of passages in the New Testament.


Apply their knowledge and skill in Koine Greek by giving an English equivalent of specific inscriptional and/or papyri segments in a self-directed manner.


Demonstrate an adequate capacity to research a specific topic in Greek language study.


Interactive face-to-face lectures

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aland, Barbara, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini and Bruce M. Metzger, eds. The Greek New Testament: with dictionary. 5th rev. ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2014.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (recommended for purchase)
  • Countryman, Louis W. Read it in Greek: An Introduction to New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 1993.
  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Jay, Eric G. New Testament Greek: An Introductory Grammar. Rev. ed. 1958. Reprint, London: SPCK, 1978.
  • Powers, B. Ward. Learn to Read the Greek New Testament: An Approach to New Testament Greek Based upon Linguistic Principles. 5th ed. Adelaide: SPCK Australia, 1995.
  • Whittaker, Molly. New Testament Greek Grammar: An Introduction. London: SCM Press, 1969.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Investigation (language) (2000 words)

2000 20.0
Written Examination

Examination (2 hours) (2000 words)

2000 50.0
Short Answer Tests

Weekly written tests (10 x 200 words)

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2017

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