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4AAT1033 Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 30
Module tutor: Rev Dr Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski
Assessment: One class test in December/January (30%); one 1,000 word essay (20%) and one two-hour examination (50%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one two-hour and one one-hour weekly class over twenty weeks
Pre-requisites: none

This module is designed to give students a solid grounding in Koine Greek grammar and to introduce them to the study of the Greek New Testament and the task of translation. Classes will be seminar-style, with the emphasis on student participation. 

The first semester will concentrate on grammar learning, the second on study of a set text. The first semester will proceed as follows. Students will work through selected portions of a grammatical textbook, such as J. Duff’s The Elements of New Testament Greek, the standard textbook for the study of biblical Greek. An explanation of each point of grammar will be given by the tutor. Students will be given a practical exercise to reinforce the teaching point. Students will be expected to work individually, in small groups and to take part in whole-class discussion. Participation in class work and the timely completion of exercises outside of class time will elicit ongoing individual formative feedback. In the second semester, students will work through a small portion of the Greek New Testament, analysing its grammar and syntax. The portion of text for study will be suitable for beginners, e.g. John 1-3. There will be some formal teaching, but the main emphasis will be on student participation: reading, translating and discussing the grammar. Such participation will again result in regular formative feedback. Students will be given guidance on the task of translating. A regular amount of private study, outside of timetabled classes, is essential for this module.

Preliminary/suggested reading

Grammar and Vocabulary:

  • Novum Testamentum Graece, Nestle-Aland 27th edition
  • J. Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek, CUP
  • G. Abbott-Smith, A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, T&T Clark: Edinburgh, 1991 (or similar lexicon)

Commentaries on John:

  • Barrett, C.K. 1978. The Gospel according to St John : An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text, London: SPCK Press.
  • Brown, R.E. 1966. The Gospel According to John, I-XII. Introduction, Translation, and Notes, (2 Vols.) The Anchor Bible Vol. 29. New York: Doubleday.

Further information

Module aims

To provide an introduction to the grammar of New Testament (Koine) Greek, and to the reading, translation, and grammatical analysis of the Greek New Testament.

Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • demonstrate skills related to the acquisition of an another language, especially an ancient language;
  • apply and assess methods of textual interpretation;
  • develop an ability to engage critically with primary texts and secondary works relating to them;
  • confidently articulate ideas in written form;
  • participate with confidence in classroom discussion

Module specific skills

  • recognise and read words in Koine Greek;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the elements of Koine Greek
  • demonstrate an understanding of the structure and morphology of Koine Greek
  • analyse Greek grammatical structures
  • acquire a vocabulary of New Testament Greek words
  • produce an idiomatic and accurate translation of a portion of the Greek New Testament, appropriate for beginners
  • engage with appropriate secondary literature, especially commentaries on the Greek text
Past syllabi

Syllabus document available to view here for academic year 2018-19.

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.



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