This unit continues on from AL8000P/AL8009T. It provides further instruction in Greek syntax, grammar and vocabulary, using the same textbook as in the previous semester. About a third of the unit will be devoted to the translation of extended portions of the Greek New Testament (e.g., chapters from 1 John), prepared in advance by the students. These selected passages will be studied for syntactical grammatical analysis and translation into English, but also to see how engaging with a biblical text in its original language can assist in its interpretation. Furthermore, there will be some opportunities to translate passages from other writings in Greek that were important for early Christians.

Unit code: AL9500T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Translate moderately difficult sentences and passages from NT Greek into English


Translate fairly simple sentences from English into NT Greek


Recall and utilise a NT Greek vocabulary which extends beyond common words


Analyse the grammar and syntax of moderately difficult sentences in NT Greek


Apply their knowledge of Greek to the exegesis of lengthy NT passages


Translate fairly simple passages from other Greek texts important to early Christians

Unit sequence

Successful completion of AL8000P/AL8009T New Testament Greek (or equivalent, with permission of the lecturer)


a) 12 weekly classes. Each session consists of the teacher's lessons augmented by the set texts, quizzes and tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

** = set texts recommended for purchase

  • Aland, B. and K. Aland et al, The Greek New Testament with a Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament, 4th ed. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft/New York: United Bible Societies, 1993)*
  • Bauer, W., F. Danker, et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)
  • Croy, N.C., A Primer of Biblical Greek (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007)

  • Decker, Rodney J. Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003.
  • Nestle, Eberhard, and Kurt Aland. Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Hendrickson Pub, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2 further homework assignments on non-NT Greek texts

1000 10.0
Written Examination

2-hour closed-book written examination under controlled conditions at the end of the semester

3000 50.0
Short Answer Tests

2 longer short answer tests spaced throughout the semester

1500 20.0
Short Answer Tests

8 weekly tasks (translation, grammar and syntax exercises)

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 17:26:44 +1100